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I Did NOT Eat Lobster But I Did Eat Grits

Posted by admin on September 19, 2012 in Travel |

But then I did eat lobster. Not one of those big sea-bottom bugs that cleans all the trash off the floor of the ocean. The bug-eyed wavy-feelered gout-creating sea-bottom bug. My lobster came disguised as chowder and seafood filling for a wrap. I finally gave in to the push push push to eat lobster bugs […]

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On Tippah County, Mississippi and Boston’s North End

Posted by admin on September 12, 2012 in Books, Travel |

I am sitting here in central Maine thinking about radiant hardwoods that glow like neon in the waning light of evening. Brilliant, possessive reds and oranges and yellows crowd my inner vision, but we are in Maine too early, so the only colors here are summer green and the hinted ends of the maples barely […]

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On the Battlefield at Shiloh, Tennessee

Posted by admin on August 20, 2012 in Musings, Travel |

Yesterday the blue in the sky acted like a magnet, dragging me into the puffed-wheat world of clouds. The road bored into a thick hardwood forest. The humidity and temperature pitied my dry-skinned Idaho-ness and remained in the realm of comfort. Betty and I showed at Shiloh battlefield early, before the midday Sunday visitor rush […]

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E Pluribus Unum

Posted by admin on August 12, 2011 in Musings |

On May 22, 1856, South Carolinian Preston Brooks, a delegate to the U S House of Representatives, caned Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner in the chamber of the United States Senate two days after Sumner gave an impassioned speech against slavery during the “Bleeding Kansas” crisis. Sumner’s caning was a lightning rod for both northern and […]

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