For years we have been shaking out our shoes before putting them on in the morning. Now that we have an outside toilet, we have developed the habit of shaking out our roll of toilet paper before peeling off a few sheets. The other night I shook out a good-sized cockroach. This morning I shook out this tiny gecko.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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