In A Pickle

Backwoods mania

Oct 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

There was no time to react as the tree snapped, crackled and popped in half before clobbering me on my head. I was walking Gypsy though a burned-out forest...

An Italian COVID adventure

Sep 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

Sonia Maglio Gudwer adjusted her mask and scarf, took a deep breath and stepped into the throng flowing through the streets of Rome. She was on a mission, a...

Meeting mama moose

Sep 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

The cow moose raced across the open meadow toward us. Her hackles were raised and her ears flat as she trumpeted and roared, the primal bellow echoing across...

Backyard battles

Aug 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

Lily, the wasp, pounced on the caterpillar, grabbed with her jaws and bit into its spongy skull. Venom coursed through his body, but Conrad, the caterpillar...

Little girl's swampy paradise

Aug 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

With bullet speed, the junior Western Painted turtle back flipped to safety. Len and I were awestruck by the shelled wonder’s agility. It catapulted off...

The places in between

Jul 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

The antelope bounded across the open field and loped toward our vehicle, which was stopped beside the highway, near Moose Jaw. The impala ran back and forth,...

Coyote encounters

Jul 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

My blood ran cold when Tig’ger disappeared from the front yard. Perhaps she caught the scent of a deer, or was lured by a coyote or dognapper. Three...

Family escapes to Canada

May 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel A threatening letter anonymously sent warned the Gonzalez family that they were targeted for kidnapping. It was the last straw, and so...

The dog and the robo-vac

Mar 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel The robot vacuum whirled to face us, and then circled menacingly, or at least the dog thought so. Whenever the machine would roll...

Back in the saddle

Jan 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel It was like getting back in the saddle again, but safer where from I sat, in a sleigh directly behind three draft horses. They pulled...

Demon-looking sock angel

Dec 26, 2019 / 11:00 am

A Crazy, Winged, Ding-Batty Thing’s Christmas By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel I didn’t start out trying to make another bizarre looking sock puppet,...

Shopping cart mayhem

Dec 3, 2019 / 10:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel "Get out of the way before I hit you,” bellowed the woman in front of me. I glanced at her out of the corner of my eye, but...

Memories that bite

Sep 26, 2019 / 3:00 pm

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel Something was lurking in the bushes during our daughter’s wedding and turns out that something was a hornet’s nest the...

Vancouver Island adventure

Jun 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel On the first day of holidays, my true love sank in quick sand, and our dog got zapped at the Air B&B's dew-covered land. On...

Don't sleep with your horse

Jun 3, 2019 / 3:00 pm

By Wild Bill Martin-Ock (As told to Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel} The horse blasted through the tough canvas material like it was a paper bag, leaving a gaping hole...