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Hungry bears chase people, a new Ice Age destroys a small town, and rampaging sheep tackle farmers in this collection of 24 stories and essays (some funny, some tragic) about America's open spaces and wild places.

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Enjoy tales about bears, bugs, bicycles, fish, farms and the strangest creatures of all (human beings) in this collection of previously published essays and short stories.

Contents

FOREWORD
Edward Abbey hates forewords. Nobody reads them.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Enjoy some political humor during the New Hampshire Primary

ICE
A new Ice Age devours Millinocket, Maine.

A PURR-FECT STORM
Meet the cats of Mount Washington

REFLECTIONS
A nature poem

SCHRODINGER’S REJECTION SLIP
Writing for a living isn’t rocket science....it’s quantum physics. (Humor, and a joke I thought up years before Doctor Who used it.)

PEEKING BEHIND
THE PAGE
Weasels on the mind, and bugs in the breakfast bowl (My award-winning essay)

POEM
Pithy wisdom or pretentious poetry? You decide.

REGARDING MR. SANDERS
A small town grows larger (fiction)

THE UNIVERSE IN
MY BACKYARD
Lightning bugs and stargazing

SHEEP FOOTBALL
Boy are sheep dumb

And many more

Sheep Football Sheep Football

SHEEP FOOTBALL AND OTHER STRANGE TALES
Paperback or eBook, 107 pages, Alpine Books, 2007

“In the United States there is more space where nobody is
than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.”
 -Gertude Stein

Imagine a place where moose outnumber people, where bears chase cyclists down mountains, where the Milky Way shines brightly in the sky, and the nearest traffic light is an hour’s drive away. In this collection of stories, essays, and a few poems Eric Pinder, author of North to Katahdin, celebrates America’s rural way of life.

Most of the essays and stories in this book were previously published in Country Extra, Bike Culture magazine, Illumen, Echoes and other periodicals. The nature writing essay “Peeking Behind the Page” was the winner of the 1995 Eclectic Rainbows Creative Nonfiction contest. (First prize was a whole $100.) The short story “Regarding Mr. Sanders,” on the other hand, kept collecting ten years worth of “close but not quite” rejection slips.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in Sheep Football:

Once every four years in rural New Hampshire, the world turns upside down. Governors, senators, and presidents grovel and beg at the feet of farmers, teachers, and Wal-Mart clerks. Powerful politicians are eager to shower you with praise, lower your taxes, pave your roads, finance your schools, and kiss your babies. Suddenly you can’t turn around without bumping into someone who’s running for president. The only escape is to stay indoors and disconnect your phone. In the humorous essay “Signs of the Times,” experience the New Hampshire Primary—the way it used to be.

Are sheep the stupidest of the mammals? Are border collies the smartest? Morning chores on the farm become a battle of brawn versus brain in “Sheep Football.”

A young park ranger gets paid to tolerate tourists and execute bears. He’d rather just go hiking. In the short story “An Eye for Detail,” he stomps into the wilderness in search of job satisfaction.

Enjoy these tales and two dozen more—some funny, some sad—in a book that transports you from the vanishing family farm to the windswept summit of Mount Washington to the cold beaches of Maine.

Chapters also include:

LOOKING UP
THE POET BEHIND THE TELESCOPE (about Milton and Galileo)
AN EYE FOR DETAIL
BEAR WITH ME
TWO WHEELS GOOD
UP, UP AND AWAY
ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS
THE CAT WITH 10 LIVES
VARIOUS THUMPING ARGUMENTS
A FARMER’S ALMANAC
CLUELESS (A mock murder mystery)
A MORNING FOR ARTISTS AND PREACHERS
LONELY STANZA (a sad poem. Andrew Salkey liked this one.)
WAVES
FISHERMAN’S BANE
POSTSCRIPT

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