Blood Moon by Cate Davies IT WAS THE BLOOD MOON a couple years back. UK photographer Cate Davies was dying to see it, but it wasn’t visible there that year. I was supposed to send her a photo of it. It was cloudy, I was lazy. I took a picture of it from my phone through my […]
I know I covered this once before, but sometimes you need more details. A commenter asked if Halloween/Samhain isn’t October 31, as I had written, just when the hell is it? Good question. Let’s try and sort this out. Simply put, the difference between Halloween and Samhain is the way the date is chosen. Halloween is based […]
MT. VERNON, INDIANA IS A RIVER TOWN. Set on the Ohio river near the place where it is fed by the Big Wabash River, its past and present depends heavily on river traffic. It’s a warm autumn night, but the breeze from the river puts a chill in the air as I get out of the pickup […]
MARK TWAIN SAID IT BEST … “sometimes too much to drink is barely enough” It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was experimenting with the absinthes available in the United States, and thought “why not write a review of what’s out there. And why not write it will drinking it?” Seven or eight years later, […]
In which the author issues a rare apology When I heard that WGN was making a series based on the Salem witch hysteria, I was skeptical. Then I saw the previews. I decided on the spot I’d rather eat my own swill than watch it. The events that happened at Salem were horrifying. The more […]
I had a fresh buzz on, realized it was time to eat and was just about to sit down with it when I remembered … the debate. It was just starting and I only intended on giving it a few minutes. I finished supper and was working on a beer, when I started getting into […]
Top: In the grass at Knowlton Henge There can be a dark side to living and loving with passion – the loss of the one you adore. It’s Byronically ironic that the poet known for breaking hearts never shied from expressing the pain he found in his own. Love seldom comes in easy to open […]
The loss of small, family family farms and increased exploitation of our natural resources means the stereotypical American countryside we all believe is out there, is rapidly disappearing.