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Farewell, Roosevelt School

The Roosevelt Elementary School (now the Roosevelt Learning Center), burned down Saturday night (6/15/2014).  The building was built in 1920, and featured a beautiful stairway flanked by two huge marble columns.  I walked through those doors many, many times (a … Continue reading

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thro.out greek style

From Jacque Tati’s Playtime.   The clip is from a tradeshow scene, where everyone, even American tourists, can see the wonders of a modernist Paris.  thro.out greek style

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The Hiawatha Asylum

The Hiawatha Asylum is (or was) at terrible place.  I don’t want to write about it.  But it has been in the news today.  This is a pretty good story and video: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/05/sd-native-american-insane-asylum/2137011/  Here is a good article you might … Continue reading

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Not All That Funny

This is a revised post.  I misread the tone and intent of the article “Losing Face”  in the Appendix.  The author and editors quickly listened to my concerns, and I decided I was wrong and hot-headed (not news to some of you). … Continue reading

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The Most Determined Explorer from Breckenridge, Minnesota

An Excerpt from Walter Cheadle, Cheadle’s Journal of Trip Across Canada: 1862-1863 (TouchWood Editions, 2011), pp 127-128. Perry . . . the most determined fellow he ever knew.  He crossed the prairies to the Rocky Mountain and over them. into … Continue reading

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An Interview in a Field In North Dakota

[two trucks in a frozen field, facing opposite directions, drivers talking through the opened windows] I was a railroad engineer and drove the last steam engine.  It’s on display in Bismarck. I went to Korea and got married when I … Continue reading

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County Fair Sketches

The game is County Fair sketch.   Players can sketch only as long as the ride or event lasts.  Then you rush to the next thing.  That’s how County Fairs are done.   

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A Brief History of My International Travel Scents

Harper’s (August 2013) has an interesting article by Beau Friedlander, “A Brief History of Scent.”  You’ll need a subscription to read the article (or ask to borrow my copy), but you can also listen to Friedlander on Brian Lehrer.   The … Continue reading

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Expedition Food

In a few days I leave for the long-awaited 100 Miles of Wild-ND Badlands Transect.  I’ll be in the field for 13 days, and one of the challenges is to pack enough non-perishable food in a compact form.  I’ve developed … Continue reading

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Shooting Napoleon (ND)

Special guest blogger today:  Mike Black, a student from North Dakota State University, shares his perspective on an architectural inventory trip.  (Some photos from the author).   We were somewhere around Buffalo on the edge of the desert when the … Continue reading

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