I write about the outdoors, birds and bees, flowers and trees, anything that interests me in the outdoors.
I often write about birds, of course, probably more than anything else and for my interest in birds they call me bird-man. I have written about many furry animals, mammals, squirrels, raccoon, opossum, fox, deer.
I wrote about insects, cicadas, fireflies, mosquitoes, crickets and grasshoppers, frogs and toads, snakes, trees and wildflowers.
I wrote about the weather, good weather and bad weather, summer and winter, spring and fall. I wrote about storms, a tornado that damaged our home and blew up our garage when I was a kid, hurricanes and typhoons, which I experienced on ships at sea when I was in the Navy.
I believed in global warming very early on. The weather has definitely warmed up in my life and it continues to heat up. Winter in particular is not as cold as it used to be and there is not as much snow as it was many years ago when I was little.
I write about the outdoors, an article once a week that I send to the newspapers. When I decided I wanted to write, I sought advice from the editor of the local newspaper, who was a friend. He read a few articles I had written and then said to me, “You know how to use words, but you have to work on them. If you want I’ll edit and make suggestions, though (isn’t there always an if when someone gives advice?) If you write an article once a week. I will publish your articles in my journal and pay you a fee because if you get paid you will feel obligated.
By the way, his fees were $ 5 per week. After offering his fees, he suggested Outdoor Notes as a title for my articles. “Your topic,” he said, “will be everything on the outside, and Outdoor Notes covers everything on the outside.”
I am an old man now. I wear glasses and hearing aids. I walk with a cane. But I go out and walk outside, even though I often stop to rest. But I look for birds when I go out, like I did when I was little.
It has been many years since I took my friend’s advice and started writing a weekly article for $ 5. My fees have increased, but only to $ 8 per week. Several newspapers now publish my articles and they pay $ 8 per week, not $ 5.
While I only write one article per week, I read more, to learn more about the topics I choose to write about and to learn answers to questions from readers of my articles. It is more remuneration, a form of remuneration, recognition.
I asked an uncle when he was 96 if he thought he would live to be 100. Without hesitation, he threw his fist in the air and said, “Sure. Then he added, “And you’re going to live older than me.” “
I won’t say the reason he said I would live older than him. But I’ll say he lived to 100, 102, actually. It gives me 10 more years of outdoor writing, going out, slow walking, and bird watching.