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On the Oil Patch

Posted by admin on December 12, 2014 in Musings, Photography, Travel |

I have now or never had any intention of having anything to do with mineral exploitation, so I chose other avenues of earning a living, but in 1983 my boss sent me to the Texas Panhandle to learn about the oil business. He owned some shares in several gas and oil drilling partnerships that were […]

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Notes on Terlingua and Memory

Posted by admin on March 11, 2014 in Musings, Remembrances, Travel |

Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders. William Faulkner Memory may be the only thing of value that we carry out of this world when we exit. Memory revealed its strength to me the last few weeks as Betty and I peregrinated around the southwest. After screening our […]

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On Casa Grande, Terlingua and Journeys Through the West

Posted by admin on January 31, 2014 in Musings, Travel |

Betty and I are getting ready to head south to the old home country to help screen our documentary film in Casa Grande, Arizona at the historic Paramount Theatre on February 13. I was born and went to school and lived in Casa Grande for a while after my return from the USMC. I have […]

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Endless Autumn

Posted by admin on October 30, 2013 in Travel |

I was reared in the deserts of southern Arizona and the fall of the year was like most of the year. Dry and dusty. And it could be hot, too. So when I heard people gasp and praise the colors of New England or the vast aspen groves of the Wasatch chain, it did little […]

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Railroad Depots and Wool Bags

Posted by admin on October 1, 2013 in Travel |

This winter, Betty and I expect to travel to southwest Texas to attend the 28th annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the town of Alpine. While there with our friends Mary and Roger Engle, we intend to explore the area: Big Bend National Park, the ghost town in Terlingua, the Marfa lights, the old train […]

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Remembering Cam Cunningham

Posted by admin on May 10, 2013 in Musings, Remembrances |

This is the season of remembrance and I suppose as we get older we can expect our opportunities to mourn and grieve to line up and bang at our metaphorical portals. This one is a bit tardy, but nevertheless, I choose to now write my remembrances. Last summer Betty and I were traveling in the […]

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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 Wood Storks, Murder and Idabel, Oklahoma

Posted by admin on August 18, 2012 in Birds, Travel |

A couple of days ago Betty and I motored north out of east Texas up US Highway 259 into McCurtain County, Oklahoma, towards the small town of Idabel. I can recall my oldest living aunt, who would have been born around 1903, talking about that town when I was a kid. I have no recollection […]

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On the Road–Capitol Reef to Bentonville

Posted by admin on August 17, 2012 in Travel |

Complaints about my shortcomings make me cringe. As a blogger I live in fear of having my readers complain about my writing, the subject matter, the style, the focus I bring to the piece. I live in fear of hearing complaints that I write too many blog entries. But today’s flattering complaint arose because I […]

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News on Travel and Travel Blogs from Ken and Betty

Posted by admin on July 31, 2012 in Travel |

Two and one-half weeks ago, Betty and I traveled to Seattle to be present for the birth of granddaughter number three, Isadora Plumb Ellsworth, on July 7, 2012. The new babe and parents Sarah and Baruch are all doing well. We are thrilled to have a new addition to the family. Next on the agenda […]

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