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Todd’s Treasure Box Item – Fort Smith Map

Todd’s Treasure Is Out There!
Get ready. When The Devil’s Den is released, you will have all the clues you need!


This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a map of the Fort Smith area from the 1800’s. This is the map Joseph had in The Devil’s Trap. James used it when writing the Brody Martin series to help him with place names from the era.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s there and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released Sept. 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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What Is It? Do YOU Know?

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Found A New Friend! Education In Nature

Take the poll before looking at the answer below the photos.

Good luck!


Answer Below!

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Take the Poll before looking.



I’m watching you. You haven’t taken the poll yet. Don’t look!



It’s a baby rat snake.

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Education In Nature Green Lizards-Chameleons? Not So Fast

Have you seen these little guys running around? They can change shades of color and some people call them Chameleons…

But are they?
lizardMy wife caught this one. (Of Course)

It’s called a Green Anole. They are found in the southern states and are sometimes called Chameleons because of their ability to change colors. They can shift from brown to many shades of green but are not true Chameleons. Their change in color is gradual and affected by temperature and their surroundings. Normally fast and hard to catch, for some reason this one decided he liked being held. Although the Green Anole makes a great pet, we let this one go.  lizard2


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Millipede – Education In Nature

Should you be scared of the dreaded Millipede? My wife wasn’t when she handed me this one.


Their name sounds like they should have a million legs. Actually, their name means “Thousand legs,” but they don’t have a million or a thousand. They do have many legs though, anywhere between 47 and 197 pairs!


They curl into a tight circle when they get scared. Even though they are creepy, they’re pretty harmless. If you handle one, be sure to wash your hands afterwards. Some secrete a substance that can irritate your eyes or sensitive skin.

If you click on the last picture, you can count the segments. It looks like this one has around 50 segments. Each segment has two pairs of legs so this millipede has around 100 pairs of legs or 200 individual legs! If millipedes wore shoes they would spend a fortune!

It’s amazing their tiny brains can get all of those legs to work together. Sometimes I have trouble walking with just two feet. I can’t imagine trying to do it with 200.

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Amazing Hummingbirds – Education In Nature

Hummingbirds are amazing!

They are the only bird that can fly backwards.

Depending on the species, their wings beat at a rate of 12 to 90 times per SECOND!


My wife saved this fledging from the cats last summer.


And here’s one at our feeder.


The hummingbird’s heart rate can vary from 250 to 1200 beats per minute! (daytime)

At night the bird has the ability to lower its heart rate to 50-180 beats, allowing it to survive the night without feeding on nectar.

If you want to learn more about Hummingbirds, go HERE

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The Devils Backbone Cover Joe Carlton Knife-maker

My pastor and good friend, Joe Carlton, made the knife that’s on the cover of The Devils Backbone.

Bro Joe

He did a fine job and I’m proud to own one of his knives.

The musket on the cover belonged to my grandfather. I’m working on the second in the series now and I’m told the cover design is going to be totally different!

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Massive Oak Tree – Education In Nature

Oak trees are known for their strength. We found a rather large one on our property last year.


This one is over twenty feet around and six feet thick. An educated guess would put this tree somewhere around 288 years old. Go HERE to estimate a tree’s age without having to cut it down or bore into it.

That means an acorn fell to the ground sometime around the year 1725 and started this tree’s story. (Before the Revolutionary War!)

There are around 600 species of oaks.

A mature oak will produce about 2,000 acorns per year. A monster like this one will more than double that number. People all through history have been using the acorn for food. HERE is a neat article explaining how the Indians made acorn flour.

Even though this tree is a big one, it’s dwarfed in size by The Angel Oak – Located in South Carolina. It’s also called ‘The Millennium Tree’  and is Situated in Angel Oak Park. It has grown to be 65 feet tall and 9 feet wide. Estimates reveal that this tree is around 1,000 years or more.
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5 Ways To Have A Fun Fishing Trip

5.  Plan to leave the house at 7am, but actually leave at 9am.

4. Forget to bring the bug spray.

3. Be sure to include all your friends, even the hairy ones!


2. Drive far away from home, the more secluded the better.

1. Make sure you have a jack and spare tire!!!


The best fishing(or any other) trips are the imperfect ones. That is where good memories are made. You never hear someone say, “Remember that time we went fishing, caught a few fish, and nothing else happened?”

Life is much the same. Mine has not been perfect. Bad things happen, that’s just the way it is. We should still enjoy life through it all. From my mouth you’ll never hear, “Remember when nothing ever happened in my life?”

The good, the bad, that’s what makes memories. Everything in-between is forgotten.

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Bobcat In November – Education In Nature

Picture your pet cat, except double in size, spotted coat, large paws, tufts of hair on the tips of the ears, and a short tail. The bobcat is the most common wild cat in the Untied States.

They eat just about anything they can catch, including baby deer(fawns), rodents, rabbits, and birds.

Bobcats live 6-10years in the wild and up to 25years in captivity.

Despite being threatened in the 1900’s, the cat population is very stable now with at least 1-million bobcats in the wild.

Last year (2012) I captured a young cat on film. They are beautiful animals. You can hear me making squeaking sounds in the video to make the bobcat stop. He went into the brush and I turned the camera off, thinking he was gone, but he hid and stalked the animal(me) that was making the squeaking sound. After a few minutes, he came out of the brush and crossed to the other side, but I wasn’t quick enough to get any more film.


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