Filibuster

“I had had my feelings excited and harrowed by witnessing the struggle, the ferocity and carnage, of human battle before my door.” Henry David Thoreau ‘Walden’ “Who do you think will win, the blue or red ants?” Kick asked. She leaned over the spill of sand where the tiny creatures battled. Nut sat with his …

Poppa Likes Thoreau

(Poppa Jump is a chipmunk.) “I would that our ‘people’ felt some awe when they came to thin or let light to some grove…” House Warming – HD Thoreau “You don’t have to agree, Kick,” says Poppa. “Just recognize that Izzie’s family does things differently. And that’s good, cause it can help us adjust our …

Groundhog Rides

“Know by habitation” Ralph Waldo Emerson Nut Jump is a chipmunk. “Okay, you’re trying to get up mountain, too? Maybe we can work together Groundhog,” I say. I point up mountain. Then I make my fingers walk. The groundhog nods. “My brother, Jack, broke his leg. Would you carry him?” I point to the groundhog …

William

Momma likes WS. Momma Jump is a chipmunk. “Go to your bosom: knock there, ask your heart what it doth know. “ William Shakespeare ” So, do you believe all stories are true?” asked Momma. “No. Cause one chipmunk can believe one way, another another way. Can both be right?” Nut questions. “And what of …

“You can’t do it that way!”

“Stop, Kick! Put down the machete. You don’t dig for chicory root with a weapon,” Pa says, shaking his head. “Use your digging stick.” “Okay, Pa,” Kick answers. “I guess there is a reason for every tool.” “Look, Kick, your machete is chipped.” “Hawks,” swears Kick. “You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. We aim …