Author Archives: Jay McLaughlin

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.

The pictures were piling up

10 October, 2021 The pictures were piling up Plus I was being lazy. Four weeks ago today was my most recent blog post! Awful. Anyway, I’ve gotten a handful of pictures I enjoy. I hope you do too! When this … Continue reading

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Back on track – at least for today 

12 September, 2021 Back on track – at least for today  Two days later Evelyn and I each went to work in the morning. That afternoon we came home and loaded Mackey in the car and the three of us … Continue reading

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Dust bath at the borrow pit

18 July, 2021 Dust bath at the borrow pit I often hike at Three Lakes Park in Henrico County, near where interstate 95 North intersects 295. It’s east of 95 and slightly south of 295. It’s roughly 1.5 miles east … Continue reading

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Sushi before it’s sushi

11 July, 2021 Sushi before it’s sushi    I was at Deep Run recently and this hungry Great Blue Heron snagged a large fish. The heron was juggling it around trying to get it down its throat. This may be … Continue reading

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“A calming reminder”

27 June, 2021 “A calming reminder” “The lives of many animals are constrained by the schemes of men, but the determination in these lives, their traditional pattern of movement, are a calming reminder of a more fundamental order.” – Barry … Continue reading

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Two weeks is too long

6 June, 2021 Two weeks is too long A few pictures. Mackey’s not strong enough to walk at the river these days, so I’m not down there as often. I went with my old friend Luna this morning though:  Most … Continue reading

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Oxtail kolache

23 May, 2021 Oxtail kolache That’s not related to an oxtail kolache, but I took it nearby. I snapped that picture (with my phone) from the parking lot of the Kroger at 1510 Eastridge Road close to my house. I … Continue reading

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Flowers and birds and dogs, oh my! 

9 May, 2021 Flowers and birds and dogs, oh my!  And Happy Mother’s Day! Evelyn as always has our yard brimming with spectacular roses. Here’s a beauty:  I think a lot of moms (and dads and siblings et al) also … Continue reading

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A house trailer, a jon boat and a blue flame

25 April, 2021 A house trailer, a jon boat and a blue flame I wrote a little blurb at the end of this blog post – it’s worth checking out. If you know my siblings, ask them which parts are … Continue reading

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Flower power! 

18 April, 2021 Flower power!  A friend described my blog to a newcomer as having “lots of pictures of flowers.” If we’d had the same exchange in January she would have described it differently, but it’s April. Lots of flowers. … Continue reading

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