Things Better Left Unsaid

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I ran into old friend Jool last week.  We were checking in on another old friend who is under the weather.  She brought a few amusements for herself … librarians read, a lot, so she brought books.  For me and the patient, she brought a puzzle called Scramble Squares.   The game is a simple […]

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Making Maker’s Mark

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Long ago Kat and I worked in a busy French Quarter bar.  We sold a lot of premium-priced bourbons.  Jack Daniel’s was big, Crown Royal was the chart-topper (it’s actually a Canadian whiskey), but those were the choices of the poseurs and nouveau riche.  The cognoscenti ordered Maker’s Mark.  Maker’s distillery is in Loretto, KY, […]

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Postscripts to The Sun Came Up

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Now and then I wonder why I bother to write.  There are so many who tell better tales, who assemble more descriptive or perceptive word combinations, and in general fly where I at my best ride a bicycle.  Here is a much sunnier version of my post-election lament.   HRC backers will enjoy this, and it […]

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The Sun Came Up

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Gloria Steinem characterized this election as “a referendum on the future, but the future is coming anyway”.  Kat and I gave up in despair and went to bed around 1:00 a.m. hoping to sleep about four years.  Wednesday broke clear and our roses were still in bloom.  With our first frost forecast tonight I’ll harvest […]

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Hoboes and Gypsies

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I grew up in a Louisiana village alongside the Kansas City Southern tracks.  There were a dozen homes nearer the tracks, but they were built alongside the lake, below a newcomer’s line of sight.  The KCS ran two passenger/mail trains through Mooringsport daily, but most of the rail traffic was freight. This was 15 years […]

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Time Travel and the Creation Museum

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Last week Tom Ashbrook’s On Point* devoted a fascinating hour to Time Travel with guest James Gleick.  You think you know what time is, until you really think about it.  A good way to define it is “man’s measurement of eternity”.   Somebody else declared “Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from all happening at […]

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One Sad Day

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Sunday past was one to forget, and here I am writing about it.  That morning the alarm squawked at 5:15.  Kat works Sundays, and after I fixed her coffee, breakfast, and a lunch to go, she done went and there was nobody to share my blues.  I was still hurting from LSU’s football loss on […]

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