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Nature’s Ninja – He is NOT your friend!

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Though we rarely actually see them here in Florida, Attila and I roam among a wide variety of dangerous critters – alligators, scorpions, black widows, rattlesnakes etc. But it is HE, the cottonmouth, aka water moccasin, I fear the most….

You’re gonna need an ocean… of calamine lotion…

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The Barred Owl: One of Our Friends that Lives in the Trees Near our Neighborhood Park

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The Destruction Hurricane Irma Wreaked in Our Back Yard

The Weekend Wilderness Feature: Every Sunday Images of Nature

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A Soft-Shelled Mama Who Doesn’t Seem to Care…

The Weekend Wilderness Feature: Every Saturday Images of Nature

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Boy Scouts: It Was Fun While It Lasted

“A boy is not a sit-down animal.” – Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts

Baden-Powell’s military career was controversial, but that was inevitable, given that his wars were not against the conventional armies of Western European nations, but against Matabele, Ashanti and Zulu tribesmen, as well as the resourceful and tough-as-nails Dutch Boers of South Africa, who were pioneers in irregular warfare. (Note: kommando is a Boer word). It sickened him to see young lads from the slums of Liverpool and Manchester get killed far from home, for want of simple skills like reading a compass, following or disguising a trail, camouflage, etc., and so he wrote manuals such as Reconnaissance and Scouting and Aids to Scouting. Upon returning home, he was surprised to find these works popular with boys and various boyhood organizations, and so he converted them more directly for this purpose with his seminal work, Scouting for Boys, and thus the Boy Scouts were born.

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The Best Books to Civilize the Boyhood Barbarians

A Series Conclusion: Rites of Passage in Classical Literature for Boys

“Every generation western civilization is invaded by barbarians….  We call them children.” – Hannah Arendt, philosopher.

There is a trick to civilizing little boys; and it lies in recognizing that they are just that – little boys. Trite though that may seem, getting this right is the only way to preserve western civilization. Alarmist, you say? Consider history.

Click here for Part 1, here for Part 2here for Part 3, and here for Part 4 in the series on the best books for boys.

My Foray Into Inter-Species Dating

The Weekend Wilderness Feature: Every Sunday Images of Nature

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A Corn Snake I Encountered on a Morning Walk

The Weekend Wilderness Feature: Every Sunday Images of Nature

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How the Star Wars Sequels Could Have Succeeded

Use the Force, Disney

When did Star Wars “jump the shark?” Compared to Star Trek, right out of the gate….  Star Trek was from the very beginning back in the mid-sixties a reasonable and optimistic extrapolation into the future of the historical course of American well-ordered liberty.

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