Contents

Preface…1
Homestead…5

WINTER
Catch & Release…9
Tokens Found…11
The Faith of Hibernating Turtles…13
Why Edna Chose Cremation…15
Driftless…16
Cold House…18
Common Harvest…19
March Blizzard…21

SPRING
Trust…25
Tadpoles Into Frogs…26
Trout Opener…27
Just Above the Ears…29
Chet’s Bar…31
Found Hours…32
Leaving the Farm…33
When a Tree Grows in the Forest…34

SUMMER
The Day Buttermilk
Kicked Him in the Head…39
Buttress Hill Cemetery…40
Midlife Challenge…41
One Night I Saw Her…43
Risk…45
A World Once Big…46
Old Trout…48

FALL
Layers of a Dream…53
Awakening…55
Maple Rain…56
Romance at the Shelter…57
Crossings…58
Man and Dog in Familiar Woods…60
Back to Nature…61
The Enclosed Fire…63

Notes…67
Acknowledgments…69
Author…71