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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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The Wind

Posted by admin on April 6, 2012 in Dust Storms, Musings |

The wind blows in Idaho this time of year. Totes the angry vestiges of another aging winter. Grass leans, limbs break, birds balance in the tops of aspen branches that tilt away from the gales that holler off the east Oregon desert. Time moves east to west around here, the wind sweeps west to east […]

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On John Rember, Sun Valley and Ernest Hemingway

Posted by admin on March 16, 2012 in Books, Musings |

This morning Betty and I are in Sun Valley, Hollywood in Idaho, at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Our film wasn’t chosen to be screened but our friend and mentor, Christopher Beaver has a film—Tulare-The Phantom Lake—entered and he invited us to represent him since he would be busy filming elsewhere. Besides representing Chris, we […]

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Canyon de Chelly

Posted by admin on January 13, 2012 in Musings |

Recently Betty and I journeyed to the Southwest to show our film and visit family members who live there. On the way back to Idaho, we visited a few places that we had not seen for many years as well as a few places that were on our wish list. One of the destinations was […]

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Leaf Peeping

Posted by admin on October 21, 2011 in Musings |

I am a desert rat and have since childhood mouthed dialogue about the beauty of the mountains vis à vis the desert. The mountains generally have no sand and wind that drives the sand and pits the paint job on your new Mercedes Benz, no short-legged plants, no spiny cacti, but trooping phalanxes of spruce […]

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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 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 Grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, C-Rations and Cannibals

Posted by admin on June 24, 2011 in Musings |

I just read an essay about Africa in which the author mused about sitting in an airport waiting for a ride out of Nigeria. As he dealt with delays and uncertainty, he killed time watching the insects fly around as evening arrived and he noticed how the locals trapped them and cooked them in a […]

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Words inspire pictures inspire words

Posted by admin on April 29, 2011 in Guest Blogs |

Idaho photographer and educator Mike Shipman guest blogs in this week’s regular Friday edition. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a writer; which was after I had passed up opportunities for lead guitarist in a rock band, pro football player, archaeologist, and architect. Words were escape, and still are; a transportation […]

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Oh Outhouses, Four-Holers, and Burning the Heads

Posted by admin on April 8, 2011 in Musings |

One of the Twitter headlines for The Washington Post.com on 4/5/2011 was, “Is it impolite to bring reading material to a public restroom?” I chuckled when I read that and not because of the inanity of the query, but because of memories that hove into my mind’s view. In early April, 1968, I had just […]

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