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I received teaching and engineering degrees and have traveled extensively, living ten years outside the US. I moved from the big city of Houston to a small sleepy community in North Carolina, which has been a tremendous change and a great inspiration for my novels, full of the local color. My time has been filled with writing and helping to physically construct three additions to our former farmhouse. I have a great view of the mountains ten miles away across the broad valley and the sunsets are breathtaking. I am an avid reader of all kinds of mystery and contemporary fiction.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Bear is Back

The Bear is Back

A couple of years ago, we were concerned when we sighted a black bear foraging for food. We called the authorities and they had little or no response. It was like I was reporting a sparrow on the porch.  A month ago, a black bear was sighted in a large town sixty miles from here and it made the news every night for a week.

Just this past week, our local bear was sighted again. First, our neighbor stopped us as we were driving by her house and said she had seen the sight of a lifetime when she looked out the kitchen window. A black bear was standing on its hind legs, holding her bird feeder in his front paws and shaking the seeds into his mouth.

Today we were building a wall inside the house and looked out into our backyard and there he was, just meandering back and forth between the woods and our fenced-in area for our fruit trees and garden. He couldn't make up his mind. At first, it looked like he was going to tear the fence down and then he looked through the fence and decided it was too much work for too little. The apples and the pears weren't ripe. I don't think he was that hungry.

The picture is blurry because, after all, who wants to get between a bear and his dinner.

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