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Broad of Beam

And Heavy Afore the Mast My father-in-law died at home over the weekend and it feels like the passing of a certain style of talking, thinking, behaving and being. Just shy of his 97th birthday when he breathed his last, … Continue reading

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Buckshot for Brains

To test for intelligence in the 1800s, scientists would scoop out the brains from a skull, and then fill the cavity with buckshot. The more the buckshot, the more the brains. Native Americans fared far worse than other racial types, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Fake Fruit

Does it worry you? I like to read the ingredients on food packets, and found an unexpected listing on a tub of Chobani blueberry yogurt. Here is the list from the tub: No fake fruit No artificial flavors No artificial … Continue reading

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Honoring Ancestors

  My heritage—in addition to being a North American native–is English, French, Osage and Lakota. Turns out, I know more about my Indian ancestors than my English or French relatives. It’s not because my relatives kept good records: they didn’t. … Continue reading

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When the Hustler gets Hustled

The game is afoot, and this time it is a confidence game. Our country’s leading con man—or confidence man (a swindler who take your trust and your cash)—is getting his comeuppance. The attorney for Stormy Daniels (the porn star who … Continue reading

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But how long are they going to be here?

The Rajneeshis in Oregon One of my favorite reads is Frances FitzGerald’s Cities on a Hill (1987), which explores five diverse communities in the United States, including the town in Oregon that became headquarters for the Rajneesh community. A new … Continue reading

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A Silent Retreat

With Cloven Hooves You have beautiful feet, he said. In an instant, I wondered what other lies he told. No one looking at my toes would utter such words. You wouldn’t dare. It’s either a fib or a line picked … Continue reading

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