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14 things about the boil order

The boil order came through at 10 PM. All the stores close at 10 PM. Except for the ones that close at 8 PM. So forget about buying jugs of water. The “equipment malfunction“ that caused the problem took place … Continue reading

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A little shadow

 

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In case you think any minds are about to change

I have just finished re-reading Hiroshima, the 1946 book by John Hersey telling the story of six survivors of the first atomic bomb attack. The book begins a few moments before the bomb explodes and ends a few weeks later. … Continue reading

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The pants in the family

When I was still in college, I worked on a little local paper in Michigan.  It was the sort of publication that has evaporated from the American scene – a weekly, countywide, cheerful and plain, serving a mostly rural audience … Continue reading

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Day or night

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Election day is here

This afternoon, we voted. The person in front of me said he was voting for the first time. There were people like us who had voted in every election throughout their long adult lives. There were moms and dads with … Continue reading

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A true thing

All the ugliness that is showing its lazy, vicious face these days is real. But it plays out against a reality that can be summed up in one sentence: we are living in a world where the President – the … Continue reading

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The road

We are just back from a magnificent eight-day road trip across the Plains, in our new used car. Road trips, and driving through new-to-us places, are one of our best and most favorite things. Total mileage: 2,465 exactly. Total days: … Continue reading

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The opposite of making a garden

I am spending a lot of time these days out in the garden. For nearly a year, an integral part of saving this historic building was destroying what it had become.  And so much had to be destroyed.

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Wordless Wednesday: en route to Missouri, July 2014

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