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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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Hunting the Tiger—Book Review

Christopher S. Stewart, Hunting the Tiger: The Fast Life and Violent Death of the Balkans’ Most Dangerous Man.   Thomas Dunne Books, 2008. Stewart’s work is an investigation of a country in the throes of a moral crisis, via the career … Continue reading

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Mouthless Dead

Charles Sorley, a student and avid cross country runner, enlisted in the British Army at the age of 20, willing to do his part in World War I.  He wrote When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead a bit … Continue reading

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Always Choose the Jungle

Review of Christopher S. Stewart, Jungleland, Harper Collins 2013 Jungleland is a fast-paced adventure into the deep jungle of Honduras.  The book recounts a journalist’s quest to retrace the path of a mysterious explorer and finally reveal the truth of … Continue reading

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