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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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August 22: Picture of the Day

August 22, 2010 at 09:18 PM

As I post this entry, the dog is barking his head off at a fat toad.

It’s completely maddening. Every few minutes the dog will run over, get the toad in his mouth, then spit it out in fury. Then the toad will sit there and do nothing while the dog barks. Near as I can tell, all the jostling doesn’t harm the toad, who is content to sit under the outdoor light and eat bugs.

So when it came time to choose a Picture of the Day, I had to use the toad shot from earlier today. This little toad was hopping around trying to get cut into pieces while the oldest boy mowed. Henry has just recently learned to run the mower and still can’t cut a straight line. But he was quick enough to stop mowing and save this toad, which he carried to me.

“Dad, here’s a picture for you.”

Maybe they know I’ve been slumping. Anyway, while the light was wrong, the moment was right. And the yard got mowed. Now about that damned barking dog…


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