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.

Casting about… 

15 September, 2019            Casting about…  I was looking through my pictures for the week – I have some nice ones – working on a theme. I was “casting about” for a theme. I looked to … Continue reading

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The kindness of strangers

8 September, 2019            The kindness of strangers Mackey and Turner and Yuki and I had just gotten out on the rocks this spectacular early September morning, and we saw a young family enjoying the pleasant … Continue reading

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Playing chicken

1 September, 2019            Playing chicken In the decades our cabin in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was our home away from home, quirky memorable events occurred more often than it seems they should have. But our family … Continue reading

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Butterflies in the ground

25 August, 2019            Butterflies in the ground Evelyn saw a bare patch of ground in front of our house and imagined a Monarch butterfly. She planted a plant. Flowers bloomed. A monarch butterfly stopped on … Continue reading

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The craziest picture I’ve ever taken

18 August, 2019            The craziest picture I’ve ever taken I almost put the craziest picture first – but it has a snake in it. So I’m giving  Ophidiophobes a chance to bail. I’ll begin with … Continue reading

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“Hula girl” – this time, it’s personal

11 August, 2019            “Hula girl” – this time, it’s personal I pass a little plastic solar powered hula girl on a sunny (most days) windowsill once each week. I wrote a brief essay about it … Continue reading

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If this isn’t nice…  

4 August, 2019            If this isn’t nice…   …I don’t know what is.” – Kurt Vonnegut – courtesy of Andrew  The quote is courtesy of Andrew. The flower is courtesy of Evelyn. The monarch butterfly … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Bryan Park, Dogs, Flowers, Fun, hyacinths, Insects, James River, mockingbirds, ospreys, People, raptors, Red-tailed hawks, Rivers, simplify, Smiles (including "dog smiles"!), Spiders | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments