While driving home late Saturday night, I noticed scurrying at the edge of the light cast by my auto’s headlights.

I moment later, I saw this fellow hurry up a tree as mother and sibling darted into the darkness.

This was the first raccoon spotted this summer. Those beings are pretty shy, and are rarely seen around here during the day.

A nice treat to see this family on one of the last few Summer evenings.




CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA – Since early this summer, youth and adults have worked tirelessly to develop a very special place in Clifford Township: A Children’s Garden. Sponsored by the Clifford Township Historical Society (CTHS), a work weekend has been planned for September 26-27th, 1:00-4:00pm to continue these efforts.

Rain or shine, friends and family will be gathering to help put some of the finishing touches on the garden. Volunteers of all ages are welcomed. Bring a paint brush (with your name on it), and there will be something special for you to do.

We will be painting the white pickets for the fence, spreading mulch on the paths, building the flagstone maze, taking the bark off the logs for the log cabin — and starting to build the cabin, designing the music mountain, putting up the four doors of history, raking and seeding the dirt on top of the mine shaft, putting dirt and coal into the mine shaft, starting to set up the play area, installing butterfly houses, making the dinosaur nest out of grapevines, planting grape vines and willow shoots, installing the big blackboard.

With so much to do in one weekend, we can use all the help we can get. So please come along and feel free to invite friends and neighbors to share our fun. Kids aged 2 and up are especially invited to help create their special place … there will be jobs for all ages.

We will also be selling fall decorations – small hay bales, lots of gourds, some pumpkins, corn stalks, and garden-fresh vegetables.
There — that should keep everyone busy! In one weekend, the Children’s Garden should really come alive. But YOUR help is needed. Contact Sandy Wilmot at 679-2723 or swilmot@echoes.net; or Shirley Granger at shirleyg@nep.net with any questions.

Children’s Garden  address:
207 cemetery street Clifford Twp pa 18470

Let the fun begin! And THANK YOU to everyone who shares our fun
– Sandy Wilmot, President Clifford Township Historical Society



A recent morning ramble through the neigborhood took me past fungus, earthworms, hawks, turkey buzzards, lily pads, cat tails, beaver dens, leaves beginning to turn – all under a spectacular September cloudless sky.

The route walked was the same followed usually in an auto, or when jogging. The slower pace of a walk allowed me to notice and savor these critters and plants.

As many of our lives are compelled to a frenetic pace, the abundance that surrounds us is often overlooked. I took the same route I usually follow, but at a much slower pace.

You might want to try something similar, taking a familiar route at an unfamiliar pace, and see if it becomes easier to notice the beauty in which we are immersed, and, of which, we are a part.


From: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracket_fungus

“Bracket fungi, or shelf fungi, are among the many groups of fungi that comprise the phylum Basidiomycota. Characteristically, they produce shelf- or bracket-shaped or occasionally circular fruiting bodies called conks that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. Brackets can range from only a single row of a few caps, to dozens of rows of caps that can weigh several hundred pounds. They are mainly found on trees (living and dead) and coarse woody debris, and may resemble mushrooms. Some form annual fruiting bodies while others are perennial and grow larger year after year. Bracket fungi are typically tough and sturdy and produce their spores, called basidiospores, within the pores that typically make up the undersurface.”

Pisces Moon



Late last week, the sky was dominated by the first of three “Supermoons” of 2015 so called as they occur when the moon is closest to the earth.

Some posit that extraordinary energies are associated with this, and the next two supermoons of 2015, which will usher in a new era of happiness and unprecedented positive vibrations for the entire human race.

Others believe that the moon is always just wonderful to look at, and worthy of unabashed extended gazing.

If viewing spectacular phenomena provokes feelings of gratitude for such natural beauty in our world, and happens to put you in an extra good mood making it easier to be kind and joyous with  friends, family and others, well that’s just fine.


In North America, we often call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon or Grain Moon. The August 2015 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2015. Previously, we had three new moon supermoons in January, February and March, 2015. The full moons on August 29, September 28 and October 27 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,836 kilometers (224,834 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the September 28 full moon, presenting a moon that’s only 356,877 kilometers (221,753 miles) from Earth.