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On the Snake and Other Rivers

Posted by admin on January 2, 2014 in Birds, Musings |

On Christmas Day, Betty and I ventured south of Boise down to the Snake River Canyon for photography and a look at the wigeons and goldeneyes, the sheep grazing in the snow covered sage, and the river. The Snake is a long river that starts in Idaho with major contributions to its flow rising in […]

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On Sheep, Blogging and Hog Leg .44s

Posted by admin on August 2, 2013 in Musings, Writing |

The beginning of this October, I am to participate in a writers’ retreat about blogging with some fine fellow bloggers, and I suspect there will be a bevy of useful tips and advice for writers of all levels. My experience as a blogger is: I know how to get my blog up on my site […]

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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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On Man, Nature and Beauty

Posted by admin on June 12, 2012 in Musings, Travel |

The weekend before last, Betty and I ate a sumptuous Sunday supper with our daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Baruch Ellsworth, at The Corson Building in the Georgetown area of Seattle, Washington. After dining we headed back north to our lodging and noticed Mount Rainier, whose bottom was obscured by clouds that made the mountain […]

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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 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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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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