Checking In and All Lives Matter

It is past time to include the black ones. Kat and I are still healthy, and still fearful.  Our campground has become a small town with perhaps 25% vacant sites on weekdays and at most 10% on weekends.  Many of the semi-permanent campers are from hotspots Florida or Texas, and most of the weekenders work […]

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Outdoor Sculpture Gardens in D.C.

(One of the perks of writing a blog that no one pays us a nickel to write is that we can damn well do what we want, when we want, and in What Order.  So my story of our DC trip will be published when the photos are edited.  And that means from end to […]

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The Caravan

We are moving into the last days before our political Armageddon or Deliverance, alternate outcomes that will become clear perhaps as soon as the early hours of November 7.  Trump is poking his base with a stick and wooing the undecideds with fear and loathing of an immigrant invasion.  He is not only doing this […]

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Art Imitates Life

The Sunday funnies have been wonderful lately.  The one above recaps Kavanaugh’s second hearing by speculating on juvenile emotions that are not so unlikely.  The tiny selection following is a commentary on our misruled nation, and we mean it as a bugle call to all Americans who know we can do better than we are […]

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State of the Union

We are back in Campbellsville earning the bread to fund next year’s travels. While C’ville is a good town for diesel engine work or to get your trailer’s sofa re-upholstered, it does little to inspire the would-be writer. So I will fall back on the sorry lot that has become our body politic in the […]

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A Wonderful Online Newspaper

Life on the Blue Highways carries a cost to its authors.  We are homeless, as we no longer have a hometown nor a daily newspaper to land with a WHUMP outside our door.  This troubled me for the first four years of our odyssey, and then … WHUMP … an ad popped up in a […]

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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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Women’s March

The Saturday after inauguration day Kat participated in her first act of political protest.  She and 600 others paraded around the State Capitol of Mississippi.  I had serious misgivings – we’re in the old south and the police (never mind the local rednecks), aren’t known for their tolerance of any kind of protest – but […]

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It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll!

Retirement is not all easy money and cheap, superb, healthcare.  Some of us don’t sleep so well.  I have frequent bad dreams that for the most part have little to do with my life, actual or imaginary.  Last night I woke up twice with dreams so real it was necessary to take walks around the […]

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The Sun Came Up

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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It’s About to Get Real

Kat and I don’t see much television.  We do Netflix.  I enjoyed The Wire.  Kat hated Breaking Bad so bad we didn’t last to Episode 5, and we both loved Person of Interest, and later, Justified.  The last one takes place in Harlan County, KY, and stars the guy who was the sheriff in Deadwood, […]

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A Strange Race

I’ve been a political junkie since the ’68 Democratic Convention in Chicago.  We had been in Vietnam over four years at that point with KIA already over 25,000 with no end in sight.  The solution (followed seven years later) was to declare victory and get out.  Thousands of young protesters came to Chicago to make […]

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Conventions

Caution:  This is a rant.  And it comes with no new pictures.   We don’t get to watch much television on the road, but miraculously we had PBS/NPR coverage of both Presidential conventions and followed every minute of each.  We always watch both conventions if only to see how grim life might become should worse […]

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Indiana

The Hoosier State is one of three in the lower 48 we had never visited.  It lies directly between Holland, MI and Campbellsville, KY, and along with the arrival of the summer’s hottest week, we set a course to traverse the state from north to south.  Principal cities along the way are South Bend, Kokomo, […]

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Microsoft, Mead, and Trump

I have struggled to understand Trump’s appeal. I see no evidence on his campaign website of any real plan to govern, nor even one new idea. This morning a rationale for his poll ratings came to me in a flashback to the climactic scene of Network. Howard Beale, an aging night-time network anchor about to lose his job concluded his show with a spluttering rant.

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