Grandma Gail and the pinto beans

  Beaver’s Bend is a pretty Okalahoma state park in the southeastern corner of the state. In its inimitable way, the Army Corps of Engineers has left its mark on the Mountain Fork River, damming it up and creating the huge Broken Bow Reservoir that submerged the original Hochatown. I am at Beaver’s Bend State […]

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The Bricklayer of Atchison, KS

  William Boular was one unlucky kid. Those very misfortunes, however, as well as his acceptance of them are the reasons every resident in Atchison, Kansas, knows about him. Little Will was born on September 9, 1869. When he was four years old, he contracted meningitis, which left him deaf. Because of this affliction, he […]

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Atchison, KS

  Atchison, Kansas, is a town that may have seen better days, but isn’t about to admit it. It’s also a town that either smells like fermenting grain (from alcohol processing) or burning electrical wires (from metal casting). I prefer the grain smell. An hour’s drive northwest of Kansas City, Atchison is perched on the bluffs overlooking […]

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Angel in a blue Mazda

  I am in Lafayette, Indiana, and I am lost. Not wandering, and not just a little lost. Very, very lost. So lost that, faced with a choice between continuing forward into the city or running the gauntlet of a shopping mall to the left, I turn right into the quiet streets of a neighborhood […]

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Marquette, MI

  Perched on the rocky shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette is a town endowed with the stout optimism of its Scandinavian fathers, with the vitality of its youth (Northern Michigan University is located there), and with a respect for its history. I love strolling through downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Marquette takes care […]

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