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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 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 El Norte and Moscow

Posted by admin on April 12, 2013 in Musings |

Betty and I are going north to Moscow, Idaho, to screen our documentary film BRAVO! and as always, the prospect of traveling to a new location leaves me with—besides a sense of elation—a sense of trepidation…sort of, anyway. Not that I am on edge like I would be if I had to travel to Syria […]

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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 El Greco, Aretha and Art in the Bar

Posted by admin on February 24, 2012 in Musings, Photography |

Last Saturday Betty and I hung her photography exhibit in Boise at an event titled Art in the Bar V at the Knitting Factory Concert House. It turned out to be a 15-hour event and it took us a few days to recover from that experience. Betty shared booth space with her photographer and writer […]

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A Day at the Races

Posted by admin on August 26, 2011 in Books |

I cleaned my office this last weekend and as I straightened the bookshelves, J Edward Chamberlain’s, Horse (Blue Ridge, New York, NY), fell on the floor. Horse is a narrative that laymen can read about how mankind and the horse have developed a somewhat unique, symbiotic relationship. As I hefted the book, an image of […]

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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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