Daily Archives: November 20, 2014

It’s only ten years old

Published Feb. 8, 2013 Last year my nephew Andy and I were studying my “Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer” to find a route from a campground northeast of Columbus to a restaurant a few miles south, and he noticed the book … Continue reading

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Setting sail on the Victory Chimes

Published June 21, 2013 Personal space acquires a different definition on board a cramped wooden sailing ship. I found myself squeezing past fellow passengers in the companionway and eating meals elbow-to-elbow with people I met only a few hours earlier. … Continue reading

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Wrong way to the Volunteer State

Published Oct. 3, 2014 I remember seeing the sign for Interstate 69, but it didn’t register because I was looking for the name “Western Kentucky Parkway.” In blissful ignorance I drove, listening to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “The End of Dieting,” … Continue reading

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The literary residents of Maine

Published June 28, 2013 Nearly 30 years ago my brother Rob gave me the book “The Passing of the Armies” written by a Union officer in the Civil War, describing the final days of the campaign of the Army of … Continue reading

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Standard is no longer standard

Published July 19, 2013 The day I first visited the Honda dealer the salesman told me I made it easy for him because I knew exactly what I wanted and planned to pay in full, with no financing. I paid … Continue reading

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A peaceful Spanish retreat

Published Oct. 5, 2009 Suburban Americans have bowdlerized the word “patio.” The Spanish word entered the English language in the early 1800s, and in Spain and the American Southwest it means a courtyard, especially an inner court surrounded by a … Continue reading

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The Great Rubber Band Battle

Published May 24, 2010 I’m still finding spent ammunition scattered about my library; remnants of the great Rubber Band Battle of April 30, when niece Kim and her children visited during my convalescence. The kids — two boys and a … Continue reading

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