Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Bibliography

I began my research on early 18th Century Anglo-American pirates in 1989 when I came across a copy of Robert E. Lee’s (not that Robert E. Lee!) Blackbeard the Pirate in the Carnegie Library in Paso Robles, California. I was … Continue reading

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Dead Men Do Tell Tales

I know a little bit about a lot of things. And I know a lot about a few things. One of the things I know a lot about is early 18th Century Anglo-American pirates. Call it an eccentricity. My specific … Continue reading

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The Day a Beautiful Woman Pulled my Trousers Off

For a Monday, today started off pretty well. I arrived at the job site with plenty of time to spare. I had a good plan for how to finish what I needed to do. I thought I might even finish … Continue reading

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In Which: Alpheus Tells Willie the Way of the World

  The past couple days I have been working a tenet-finish on an office suite in Leawood, Kansas. A tenet-finish is just what it sounds like: a customer has signed a lease on office space and is having it modified … Continue reading

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The Meandering Musings of an Absentee Father

This essay is a reprise from another blog I had a couple years ago.It seemed appropriate, today.(Photo courtesy of my dear friend, Lance Apple, the very present father of two fine young men.) I come from a legacy of absentee … Continue reading

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Stepping Lightly

Wednesday morning the plumber bumped into my step ladder as he carried his own past me. “My bad,” he said. Aw, man, I said, giving him a little grief. If I fall off this and OSHA finds out I was … Continue reading

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Or: How I Spent My Summer Vacation      I opened my eyes to unfamiliar surroundings.      I was not in my own bed. The walls were sterile, bare, white. My bedroom walls were a vibrant Pagoda red. I was not … Continue reading

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