after tomorrow i have a lovely little five day weekend to enjoy. i have several projects awaiting my attention, and i am most eager to get on with them. things like putting pictures in an album, sorting out drawers, and the like.
the weather has drastically cooled down, and i feel much more like doing things. such heat as we have endured of late so takes the wind out of my sails.
can’t hardly wait!
i sit inside my head all day, looking out through my eyes at the world. i feel so alone. alone in my head. like i have no way out, and no one can get in.
and yet my head is such a busy place. there are thoughts flying around like so many scattered birds with nowhere to light. hard to keep track of, hard to follow any one of them.
the heat bears down here, like an angry tyrant punishing the commoners. makes it hard to think. feels like forever. but i know winter is coming. but i know winter, light the heralded knight in on the white horse, is coming to rescue me from the summer sun’s furious pounding.
describing this is more difficult than i thought it would be. this unruly, mixed flock of birds… so many grand ideas i have while i am out. and then i sit to write, and where are all those eloquent things i was going to say?
few things in life anger me more than a coward with a weapon.
Country star charged with killing tame bear in pen
The singing duo Montgomery Gentry made its name in country music with such hits as "Good Clean Fun."
But according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, there was nothing good or clean about the death of a tame bear named Cubby at the hands of Troy Lee Gentry.
Gentry, half of the singing pair, bought the "trophy-caliber" bear for $4,650 from Lee Marvin Greenly, owner of the Minnesota Wildlife Connection in Sandstone, according to the charges filed in federal court in Duluth.
Gentry, 39, and Greenly, 46, made their first court appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson in Duluth on Tuesday and were released on bond.
The charges said Gentry killed the bear with a bow and arrow in October 2004 while it was enclosed in a pen on Greenly’s property.
Greenly refused to comment on the incident Tuesday, and a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said she didn’t know how large the pen was.
An adult black bear normally weighs 250 to 350 pounds. Cubby had been raised in captivity and was housed at the Wildlife Connection, a private preserve that bills itself as a place where animal lovers can photograph creatures in the wild.
After the kill, Gentry and Greenly allegedly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered it with the state Department of Natural Resources as if it had been killed in the wild.
The kill was videotaped and later edited to make it appear that Gentry had killed the bear in a "fair chase" hunting situation, the indictment said. The hide was sent to a taxidermist in Kentucky.
"I don’t know all the details on what has been said," Greenly said Tuesday. "You’re the first person who has really said anything about it to me."
A spokesman for Gentry, who lives in Franklin, Tenn., said he couldn’t comment.
Montgomery Gentry has been a top country act since the late ’90s, with two No. 1 singles and a string of gold albums.
Gentry was charged with conspiracy to falsely label the animal. Greenly also was charged with two unrelated crimes for allegedly setting up bear-baiting stations and hunting stands in the Sandstone National Wildlife Refuge, then guiding a client there to kill two black bears in 2005.
Fine or prison possible
The charges against the men carry a maximum fine of $20,000 and as long as five years in prison.
The black bear population in Minnesota is healthy, and the state encourages hunting as a way to control it, said DNR spokesman Mark LaBarbara. The department issued 13,670 bear licenses in 2004 and hunters killed 3,391 bears.
"But there’s no question that the state does not condone shooting a pen-raised bear," LaBarbara said.
its early. i sit here feeling so dry. i’m so far inland, and it’s been so hot here this summer. it sucks what little rain that falls back out of the ground, leaving it dry and dusty, while the moisture hangs in the air like an invisible fog that suffocates you when you step outside.
i long for the winter storms of the northern coastline. i long for the blue green sea, the salt spray, the laughing seagulls. i long for the chilly mists, the wet forest, green fire glowing beneath the canopy of cedars and firs. i long for home.
the day is approaching when i will take flight, and leave this barren, polluted place. once again i will walk the primeval trails. once again i will stand in the cold rains. once again i will live along the coastal mountains, sheathed in their watery fogs, hidden beneath their blue green woods. once again i will sleep under a sky so studded with stars that the moon is embarrassed at her dim comparison.
welcome to another room in my life. this is where i will share my feelings, thoughts, experiences, and perceptions. i deal with several irregularities within my self, among which are dyslexia and hypoglycemia, and a twist in my personality that i still strive to comprehend.
i am open to honest questions, and have no fear of revealing who i am. i am not ashamed.
i look forward to sharing some time with anyone who wants to visit this room.