Monthly Archives: May 2014

Artesians

In the early to mid 1970’s I lived out in the country, south of Marsing, Idaho.  In this area there is still evidence of the prior volcanic nature of the area. Down the road aways from my little bit of … Continue reading

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Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers

The year was 1988. The location was Fairbanks.  I geared up for the usual -25 to -30F temperatures in a couple of layers of clothing over which I wore blizzard-proof snow pants, a long, thick, knitted scarf wrapped around the … Continue reading

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Grandpa and Me

I have no recollection of my maternal grandfather. Not one glimmer of a memory of him is in my noggin. We were living in Kansas or Nebraska or somewhere away from North Dakota when I was little. Grandpa died when I … Continue reading

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The Moving Wall

It must have been about 1953. Dickinson, North Dakota – hotter than hell. In fact, I think if there is a hell, it is probably modeled on summer in North Dakota. One small metal fan in the kitchen. Sweating all … Continue reading

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One State Over – A World Apart

I live just a hop, skip, and a jump from another state. No matter which way you slice it, no matter which road you take, it isn’t far from here to there. As I cruise there my mind is on … Continue reading

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Speaking of Washing

When we hear someone say, “I’ve been through the wringer” what thoughts does it bring up? Being squeezed dry? Or is it one of those older phrases no one understands anymore because it lacks context?  The first wringers were on … Continue reading

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My Love Affairs with Volcanoes

When I went to undergraduate school I was absolutely fascinated with vulcanology – the study of volcanoes. I could visualize myself walking along steaming cauldrons of hot lava taking measurements and glorying in one of nature’s most magnificent creations. Heck, I … Continue reading

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Turnagain Arm

One of the things I loved best about living in Anchorage was the sheer beauty of it – the 5000 foot peaks of the Chugach range jutting up out of the Inlet, the Inlet itself, the bore tides creating walls … Continue reading

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A Crowded Mind

So many stories bubble up and then, before I have the chance to put them to paper, subside again. Drat! When we moved from North Dakota to Idaho my Mom and Dad drove. My Dad drove a car with one passenger … Continue reading

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The Longest Journeys can be Mental Ones

How many roads must a man walk down before… you can put almost anything after these  words from “Blowin’ in the Wind.” I made a comment to a casual acquaintance about having a recurrant ear infection. For those of you … Continue reading

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