Regular Life

Regular Life

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

The First Buffalo National River Trip I Planned

Last summer I returned to one of my favorite places — the Buffalo National River, and five friends from Texas joined me. At age 44, it would be my first time on the Buffalo with anyone other than my family. When these guys originally asked me to get a trip together back in May, I… (read more)

Caress of Steel – Rush

Recently, a friend of mine was tagged when one of his friends asked a few to name 1970’s albums that are good for a full listen, end-to-end. I was a child in the 1970’s, but in the 1980’s I was exposed to much of the previous decade’s music. Many of those bands, of course, still… (read more)

Thanksgiving Then and Now

I remember a coloring book page from gradeschool. Newly-arrived Europeans sat at a picnic table with Native Americans seated beside them, with ladies from both ethnic groups bringing freshly harvested items to the table — corn on the cob, potatoes, and other foods that have become staples in the Thanksgiving tradition. A plump, golden roasted… (read more)

Finally, Frost Flowers

I had never seen frost flowers anywhere besides pictures. Wednesday morning on the way to work, I thought I saw paper trash wadded up in the freshly mown stumps of roadside weeds. I wondered who might have… then I realized that it was the first morning of temperatures significantly below freezing, directly on the heels… (read more)