Creek Running North October 2004 Archives

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October 31, 2004

At the risk of being patronizing

I am so damn proud of my niece. And not just for her impeccable politics, but also for her ability to toss off the occasional perfect Laura Ingalls Wilder reference....

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October 29, 2004

More smirking liars

My old friend John Barry, currently volunteering to get out the vote in the midwest, graciously scanned this pamphlet, which he found in Milwaukee....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:37 AM

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October 26, 2004

Caring and sharing

For the second time in as many months, a correspondent has suggested I search within myself for the reason I have such strong feelings about the environment, politics, the issues that sweep across the world. On the one hand, this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:53 PM

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October 22, 2004

Chicken Point

I I feel as though I'm hiking among friends. All along the trail today, the plants are of species I have planted in my front garden. Nolina microcarpa, Penstemon eatonii, Agave parryi, prickly pear opuntia, and various others. Perhaps it's...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:10 PM

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Still life for Siona

Of course, the rest of you can look as well. This is a shot taken by Matthew Carlstroem on the first morning of our Mojave trip this spring. This is just exactly what I needed to see this morning,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:42 AM

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October 20, 2004

Wendell Berry Kicks Ass

We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all --...

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October 19, 2004

Some things

At the more or less half-way point in my trips through the Central Valley from home to the Mojave stands the largest feedlot in California. It abuts the east shoulder of I-5 for a mile or so, and a careful...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:37 PM

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October 18, 2004

A good site

Jarrett Walker, who I just encountered in comments below, has a website you should visit right now. He's one hell of a writer. His piece on California's Central Valley is especially worth noting, although it would benefit from mention of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:25 PM

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Snychr ^H^H^H^H^H Synchrinoc ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Coincidence

After writing the post immediately below, looking for something altogether unrelated, I find this: Black Oaks Okay, not one can write a symphony, or a dictionary, or even a letter to an old friend, full of remembrance and comfort. Not...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:49 PM

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It's not writer's block...

... if you're just having too much fun to want to sit at the keyboard. The rains hit Sunday, and Becky and I did something we hadn't done for a while: recreational shopping at the Asian grocery store. Sample scene:...

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October 15, 2004

I support our troops

This story warms my heart. There is good news if you look for it. Excerpt: A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:19 PM

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October 12, 2004


"We are finite, evanescent creatures. We really don't live very long. And much as we struggle for a global perspective, whether or not we feel peace depends on the questions, Do you love? Are you loved? Do you have good...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:44 AM

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October 11, 2004

Homo ludens

The UPS truck got here at about 9:40. By 10:45 I had the kayak assembled and loaded on the truck, and at 11:00 I was on the water. The bay had about a one and a half foot chop...

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October 10, 2004

Couture suggestion

I've stayed mainly out of this whole debate thing until now. Not that I don't have opinions... but this is a non-profit, 501(c)3 website, and I'm legally prohibited from expressing an opinion on who you should vote for. But wouldn't...

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October 08, 2004

Count me as reassured...

... that President Bush thinks the Dred Scott decision was regrettable....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:30 PM

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October 06, 2004

Other things about the trip

Williams There was a very stylish espresso café in Williams, of all places. Décor out of Sunset Magazine, alternative music on the radio, wistful dark beauty behind the counter. She looked at me with something uncomfortably close to longing, as...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:51 PM

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October 03, 2004

From the field

Dust devils followed me all the way into Arizona. At times they would pitch their shoulders, lean toward my truck as I sped past. It was a struggle to stay in lane. I keep seeing ghosts at roadside. Someone flagging...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:51 PM

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