A Modest Suggestion on Gun Violence

17 good people were killed Wednesday in Parkland, FL.  CNN reports that the town, the school, the survivors and their families have damn well had enough of “thoughts and prayers”.   That’s not a solution.  Neither is blaming mental illness.  Easy access to military grade weapons strikes me as part of the problem, but there is […]

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Evicted

Around 10:00 Saturday, our 10th morning at the Gulf Islands National Seashore campground, National Park Service rangers began knocking on doors bearing bad news:  everyone has to pack up and leave before 4:00 this afternoon.  The campground is closed indefinitely due to lack of funding.   Yes, Kat and I were evicted from our paid for […]

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A Celebration of Life

Ten months ago we wrote of the passing of our old friend Walt.  He wanted a basic cremation without ceremony.  That sounded simple enough.  Well, it did until the funeral home delivered a walnut box of cremains.  Now what?   Julie, his second –ex and lifetime best friend had asked Walt about that.  He offered […]

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Wolfgang, Alma, and Will

  Kat and I recently became grandparents!  Our son Bret and Alli adopted newborn Will just a few weeks ago.  Yes they are currently overwhelmed, but so are all new parents.  Kat told Bret “It’s way too soon to feel tired: you’re going to be tired for the next 20 or so years, and it’s […]

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Rollin’ Coal

(Not much goin’ on in Campbellsville, KY. Blogging gets slow this time every year. Perdoneme, por favor.) I’m an old guy. My life is a calm existence oblivious to popular culture. To this day I don’t understand what makes the Kardashians newsworthy, why kids buy and wear torn up jeans, or why anyone watched The […]

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Gettysburg, Part 2

My forebears were – and I remain – Confederate sympathizers.  But in recent years I’ve come to realize that the world has become a better place courtesy of the Union’s victory.  And although I remain stunned by the courage of the men in gray, I have come to equally respect the spine of the Bluecoats. […]

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Gettysburg, Part 1

Years ago we spent a lovely weekend in the Doubleday Inn, named for a Union general present here who also is credited as the inventor of baseball.  At the Inn we enjoyed a wine and cheese gathering with a Gettysburg historian and learned much, courtesy of the Inn.  The next day we did the battlefield’s […]

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