Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Bears

Bears and Sharks

The following is based on my seeing Jaws the movie, and an actual bear hunt in the Colorado Rockies.

Bears and Sharks are similar in many ways. Both have a keen sense of smell; their heads, as if mounted on a swivel, are constantly scanning ahead, side to side, and behind. Their bodies are large and without definition. Both animals maintainconstant movement, never stopping, and occasionally exhibiting blistering speed when closing in on a meal; their hunger is insatiable. Sharks and Bears are omnivorous; they’ll eat anything, or anyone. They’ll even eat their own.

I recently had the privilege to… Continue reading

Bunnies and Bears

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I grew up in a small house less than a 1000 square feet. There were six of us, and consequently no room for an indoor dog. I had one friend who had an indoor dog, a poodle. Other than that, he, the friend, was normal.

After being married several years my wife and I moved into a house with more than one toilet and plenty of room. The three boys began asking for a dog. I didn’t have one growing and up and I decided they didn’t need one either. I pulled into the driveway after… Continue reading

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