, Newburyport, MA


December 28, 2012

In the eyes of an owl


They’ve taken to cover, too, I said.

I could smell winter’s coming. It always does in one way or another, of course, but we haven’t had the kind of winter that’s truly memorable for some time.

I don’t believe it will be as heavy as it was the year we had to call on the National Guard for help at Plum Island, and I find it difficult to believe that it will be as bad as the year I stood on top of a drift looking down on a state snow truck stuck just above Mel Pratt’s driveway on Hay Street.

But, let me put it this way. Barn owls are wise, and something’s up.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is

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