NEWS: With the publishing of "The Lake War," the Kinkaid series now numbers 6 volumes. I am presently working on a 7th Kinkaid book about the Rhode Island campaign.
The third and final volume of the Sgt. Smith WWII trilogy, "Forward to Danger" was completed this year.
I'm in the habit of daily 45 minute walks, with feeding the chipmunks and squirrels as I follow the path to the pond and back. There is also a gang of blue jays that follow me. About chipmunks. They have extensive burrows with several entrances and various chambers, one lined with leaves and grasses for sleeping, others that are used to store nuts and seeds that they collect for the winter months (they may store up to 8 pounds). They even have a separate bathroom chamber; no kidding. I noticed that they rarely leave their burrows during rainy weather. An ornithologist friend tells me they probably avoid gathering in wet weather because storing wet seeds and nuts would cause mold...which could sicken and kill them. These little critters mostly hibernate over the winter in their cozy dens, waking up about every ten days to have something to eat from their stores. If you enjoy walking and animals, why not take a little bag of goodies to share with these adorable creatures. I've taken to mixing sunflower seeds, cracked corn and peanuts.
I used to hunt and fish and now can do neither out of love for the animals. I still eat meat so I'm a hypocrite, but less than before. Animals struggle to survive in this increasingly people-dominated world and it breaks my heart to see one injured or run over on the highway, so please pay attention when you're driving and give a care for the critters. And maybe think about taking up target practice if you need to shoot a gun, instead of killing an innocent creature.
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