Tag Archives: Virginia

This land is Ixtlan

We walked today to Bunnyfield Plantation, where MacArthur sweeps into 19th Street, cattycorner from the Lutheran church grounds which is mostly a grassy hillside sloping down to a berm where South Street bisects 19th. The roadside there is mostly a … Continue reading

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Yes, Santa Claus

I grew up celebrating the typical White Christmas. By which I mean the 20th Century American Middle-Class White Christmas. The Christmas Celebrated in Story & Song. It was the Christmas of Santa’s workshop bounty, gaily wrapped and pouring out across … Continue reading

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Blogging Kansas City

Blogging Kansas City                 I ran a rare errand into Kansas City today. Down to the Westport neighborhood—a neighborhood which was once an independent town in its own right—which launched a thousand ships across a sea of prairie grasses, wheeled … Continue reading

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A Front Sweeps Through Lovingston

I hear ghost cannon In the valley beyond the ridge And wonder if Stonewall’s Brigade Has risen from their several graves And begun to lay barrage Of shells beneath the walnut trees. It echoes between Blue Ridge hills Cascading off … Continue reading

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Camping in the Cheap Seats

Thirty years ago New Year’s marked the first time I ever “camped” overnight for access to anything. I’ve watched with bemusement as camping for days outside retail establishments to buy newly-released telephones or video games has increased in popularity. And … 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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Drawing Back the Veil

I’ve always been a history aficionado. I think my father influenced me in that fascination. I remember as a boy visiting a reconstructed log cabin in Kentucky. I recall it as Abe Lincoln’s birthplace, though I see online there are … Continue reading

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