We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

The King’s Speech

Just watched this. Most moving, the friendship between two men and the transformative possibilities within that bond. Favorite line, Lionel: the prince must know what goes on between his brain and his mouth. Bertie: You haven’t known many princes have you? Or something like that. A brilliant evocation of a world about which I know […]

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Sweet, Honest, Funny, Heartbreaking

65  bar steady 29.75  2mph NW dew-point 62  Summer night First Quarter of the Thunder Moon Peanut butter.  Never thought of it as a problem food, but it seems to have entered that category for me.  Makes my tummy hurt.  Darn it. The slippery slope of cell phone life.  Tonight I entered the phone numbers […]

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The Night After

74  bar steady  29.73  0mph ENE dew-point 56  Summer night, too warm Waxing Crescent of the Thunder Moon This is the night after the fourth of July.  No bangs, pops, whistles, booms, showers of color, whirling fountains.  No patriotic music or patriotic festivals on the TV.  A night whose character takes its shape from the […]

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Miles and Miles of Flat Sameness

66  bar steady 29.92 0mph N dew-point 58  Summer night Waning Crescent of the Flower Moon The drive into the MIA this afternoon was the first time I’d driven any distance since the long trip to Alabama. Sheila gave a walking lecture on the African check out tours.  She showed pieces in Egypt, then the […]

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An Instant Classic

63  bar steep rise 29.64 6mph N dew-point 58  Summer night Last Quarter of the Flower Moon As always, the movies come later up here above 694, inside the pick-up section of the Minneapolis metro.  Tonight it was “No Country For Old Men.”  This movie is an instant classic according to many reviews. Talk about […]

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Sugar Cream Pie, Cornbread, Grits and Barbecue

Finished the movie Gettysburg.  Sad, tragic.  A battle in a war with few true winners.  The Great Courses lectures on the American Revolution and the Civil War came a few days ago and they will occupy the bulk of my listening on the way to Maxwell AFB and back.  As I’ve written here before, summer […]

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Sad Movies Always Make Me Cry

60  bar steady 29.59  0mph NNW dewpoint 59  Beltane, night               Waxing Crescent of the Flower Moon What a beauty.  This crescent moon, nearing the first quarter, has two stars above it, one low toward the horn and the other on a thirty degree angle further away.  Rain scrubbed the sky clean tonight, so they […]

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Sensuality Awakened in a Hindu Temple

47  bar steep rise 30.04 6mph N dew-point 38  Beltane             Waning Gibbous Hare Moon There are frost warnings not 75 miles north of us.  Frost.  On Memorial Day.  OMG. Kate came home after a busy holiday clinic, today and yesterday were both very busy.  I cooked walleye, pasta with morels I found in our […]

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Deerslayer

56  bar steady 29.85  9mph N dewpoint 31  Beltane  sunny                First Quarter of the Hare Moon 3 hours at the museum today answering questions, instigating conversations about Chinese bronzes.  It was a fun time with children and adults, variously interested.  I set out at the beginning, before people started showing up, to learn the […]

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Electra Glide in Blue

48  bar steady 29.71 0mph SW dewpoint 47 Beltane   raining                 Waxing Crescent of the Hare Moon Kate and I watched Electra Glide in Blue.  I’d never seen this 1973 movie, though I’ve heard about it.  In a strange way it captured the spirit of those times with more clarity and authenticity than any I’ve […]

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