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....Continue reading "At the risk of being patronizing"
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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....Continue reading "More smirking liars"
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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...Continue reading "Caring and sharing"
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October 22, 2004
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...Continue reading "Chicken Point"
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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,...Continue reading "Still life for Siona"
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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 --...Continue reading "Wendell Berry Kicks Ass"
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October 19, 2004
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...Continue reading "Some things"
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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...Continue reading "A good site"
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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...Continue reading "Snychr ^H^H^H^H^H Synchrinoc ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Coincidence"
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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:...Continue reading "It's not writer's block..."
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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...Continue reading "I support our troops"
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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...Continue reading "Tom"
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October 11, 2004
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...Continue reading "Homo ludens"
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October 10, 2004
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...Continue reading "Couture suggestion"
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October 08, 2004
Count me as reassured...
... that President Bush thinks the Dred Scott decision was regrettable....Continue reading "Count me as reassured..."
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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...Continue reading "Other things about the trip"
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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...Continue reading "From the field"