On Accents, Vernacular and Muscle Cramps

Posted by admin on July 29, 2011 in Musings |

I woke up this morning with one of those cramps in my right calf. It was four-thirty in the morning. Like a stab from a long knife. I grabbed it and massaged it and finally the pain went away. I haven’t had one of those since I went backpacking through a snowy Rock Bound Pass […]

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The Bridge

Posted by admin on July 22, 2011 in Guest Blogs |

Guest blogger Elaine Ambrose muses on an event that occured at the Perrine Memorial Bridge As kids, we would hold our breath as our mother drove across the Perrine Memorial Bridge north of Twin Falls. I remember looking down at the Snake River, almost 500 feet below, and wondering what it would feel like to […]

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On Siobhan Fallon and “Thank You for Your Service.”

Posted by admin on July 15, 2011 in Musings |

On April 8th, 1968, I flew into the Tucson, Arizona airport returning from my thirteen-month tour of duty in Vietnam. When I got off the Boeing 707, two of my best friends, who lived in Tucson, and my parents, who lived seventy miles to the northwest, were waiting for me as I debarked. The shock […]

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On Bangkok, Top Sergeants and Hookers

Posted by admin on July 8, 2011 in Musings |

Last Friday my wife Betty and I enjoyed lunch with the Idaho Writer’s Guild while we listened to guest speaker and author, David Schmahmann, read from his book, The Double Life of Alfred Buber, (The Permanent Press, 2011). I have not yet read the book, but from what I learned at the luncheon, it’s about […]

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On Agent Orange, sugar, bikers and the VA

Posted by admin on July 1, 2011 in Musings |

Today I went into the local VA Medical Center to have a precancerous growth hacked off my face. Waiting for the scalpel-wielding physician’s assistant to call me in, I sat and watched a parade of veterans move back and forth down the aisles. The VA here in Boise serves a population of over ninety-four thousand […]

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