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On Christmas Past and Christmas Present

Posted by admin on December 24, 2013 in Musings |

Betty and I are getting ready to celebrate Christmas here in Idaho. These last few years, Christmas has been muted, so to speak, vis a vis earlier years with lots of flashy glass ornaments of flutes and lutes and little angels, gifts wrapped like works of art and family get-togethers where we had to pull […]

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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 Insurrection, Imperial Dreams and American History

Posted by admin on May 4, 2012 in Books, Musings |

I recently finished reading Gregg Jones’ new book, Honor in the Dust, Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines and the Rise and Fall of America’s Imperial Dream (New American Library, 427 pages). Amply footnoted and bibliographied, this book is a great read if you are interested in the history of American involvement in the Spanish-American […]

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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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Alone

Posted by admin on March 4, 2011 in Musings |

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.                                                                                                                                           Marilyn Monroe Betty ventured off this week on a photography trip and left me behind to toil over movie scripts. I could have gone along if I wished, […]

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