Welcome to SCHOCK MCCOY PRODUCTIONS by J.H.McCoy. This website will give you information about a variety of topics: nature, literature, history, and astronomy, as well as additional details about my articles in THE MINDEN CITY HERALD (989-864-3630). The last two pages are a tribute to my mother, Gloria (Schock) McCoy (1923-2013). The journal she wrote on our trip West (1977) can be found in "Writing/GSM."  It is my hope that you will always find something interesting and informative on this website and that 
you will visit often.  Please sign the guest book, and thank you for stopping by.       
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NOVEMBER 
      SKY
RECOMMENDED READING
SKY CALENDAR
ABRAMS PLANETARIUM
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START ANYTIME
REMEMBERING HOW IT WAS
THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK **
** With apologies to Washington Irving and THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. (1819-1820).
THE MINDEN CITY HERALD
        OCTOBER 26, 2017
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Canada geese fly by.
Mourning doves
TODAY
YESTERDAY
EVENING PLANETS
THE "BURN BOSS"  IN THE WHITE HELMET
J.H.MCCOY
 SATURN
(SSW-SW)
​MORNING PLANETS
1621
VENUS
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A QUOTATION FOR NOVEMBER
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  BEAVER / 
    FROST
     MOON
   1:23 A.M.
 WALNUT GROVE, MINNESOTA
  "On the Banks of Plum Creek"
    LAURA INGALLS WILDER 
           (1867 - 1957)
"NOVEMBER'S SKY IS CHILL AND DREAR,
 NOVEMBER'S LEAF IS RED AND SEAR."
NOV. 2    JAMES K. POLK, 1795, 7TH U.S. PRESIDENT
NOV. 2    WARREN G. HARDING, 1865, 29TH U.S. PRESIDENT
NOV. 4    WILL ROGERS, 1879, COWBOY, ACTOR, HUMORIST
NOV. 5    ROY ROGERS, 1911, "KING OF THE COWBOYS"
NOV. 6    JOHN PHILIP SOUSA, 1854, COMPOSER, MARCH MUSIC
NOV. 8    BRAM STOKER, 1847, NOVELIST, "DRACULA"
NOV. 11  GEORGE S. PATTON, 1885, WWII GENERAL
NOV. 13  ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, 1850, NOVELIST, POET
NOV. 14  CLAUDE MONET, 1840, IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER 
from THE OLD TEACHER'S ALMANAC
SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771 -1832)
a replica of Laura's writing desk
Fireplace mantel from the TV show Little House on the Prairie
 ANNUAL LEONID METEOR
SHOWER WILL PEAK BEFORE DAWN ON NOV. 18. EXPECT TO SEE ABOUT
15 METEORS PER HOUR.
MARS
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MERCURY
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LAURA INGALLS WILDER AT 150
On the museum grounds
A replica of the Ingalls' dugout on the banks of Plum Creek
Farm where dugout site is located - 1.5 miles N. of Walnut Grove
Stop here and pay the $5 per vehicle entrance fee
The banks of Plum Creek
The sign marks the location of the Ingalls' dugout
            Only the depression remains
      It was dug into the bank of Plum Creek
            
A strip of restored prairie surrounds the dugout on Plum Creek
Leaving the Harold and Della Gordon farm 
  where the Ingalls' dugout was located
A last look at Plum Creek
++  all photos unedited  ++
Gary Cole's
prize winning
artwork in
the DNR's 
poster contest
​BORN 150 YEARS AGO
IN WISCONSIN
FEBRUARY 7
DIED 6O
YEARS AGO
IN MISSOURI
FEBRUARY 10
from ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK by LAURA INGALLS WILDER
"Laura went under those singing flowers into the dugout.  It was one room, all white.  The earth walls had been smoothed and white-washed.  The earth floor was smooth and hard.  When Ma and Mary stood in the doorway the light went dim.  There was a small greased-paper window beside the door.  But the wall was so thick that the light from the window stayed near the window.  That front was built of sod.  Mr. Hanson had dug out his house, and then he had cut long strips of prairie sod and laid them on top of one another,to make the front wall.  It was 
a good, thick wall with not one crack in it.  No cold could get through that wall....The ceiling was made of hay.  Willow boughs had been laid across and their branches woven together, but here and there the hay that had been spread on them showed through....They all went up the path and stood on the roof of that house.  No one could have guessed it was a roof  Grass grew on it and waved in the wind just like all the grasses along the creek bank."
The Ingalls lived on the banks of Plum Creek from 1874 to 1876.  Then they moved to Burr Oak, Iowa.
Laura was seven years old when the Ingalls family arrived in Walnut Grove.
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​OCTOBER 18, 2017 - Starting Dec. 1, a new wildlife license plate will be available in Michigan.  The current common loon plate will be replaced with an elk plate to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan.
OCTOBER 12, 2017 - While pheasant populations have been in decline for several years, pheasants can be found in southern Lower Michigan and in some areas of the Upper Peninsula.  The best counties for pheasant hunting are in south-centraL to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb.
OCTOBER 10, 2017 - Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors and watch wildlife....Fall migration is in full swing for many bird species, including waterfowl and hawks....