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Shooting Straight with the Gray Ghost, Take Two

By at January 14, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Shooting Straight with the Gray Ghost, Take Two

On the morning of January 17, 1989, a loser named Patrick Purdy attacked Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. He fired more than 100 rounds from a Chinese assault rifle, killing five children and wounding more than 30. Purdy then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Sounds familiar, does it not? Exactly one […]

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Something Wrong With the Math

By at September 25, 2012 | 10:13 am | 0 Comment

Something Wrong With the Math

I have a good friend, an economist by training, and the former head of a hedge fund, who is always giving me grief about my liberal economic views. I like this guy. We usually get together a couple of times when our vacations in Maine coincide and we sit down over seafood dinners and laugh […]

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Twist and Creak

By at September 6, 2012 | 2:07 pm | 0 Comment

Twist and Creak

We shuffled and limped into the theater in downtown Gettysburg, men and women of a certain age. Some waggishly wore hippy gear; head-bands, tie-dyed shirts and skirts, and so on. Frankly, the gear looked better on us all a few decades back, but we knew that. Everybody looked excited and eager. Inside the theater our […]

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A Promise in a Mean Season

By at August 15, 2012 | 10:36 am | 0 Comment

A Promise in a Mean Season

The other day, as I cruised around on Facebook, I did something I don’t believe I’ve ever done before. I made fun of an individual for his grammatical and spelling errors in an anti-Obama comment he had made to a repost I had made. First, I posted the above image. There were the usual numbers […]

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PSU, Jerry Sandusky, and a Familiar Darkness

By at July 13, 2012 | 8:18 pm | 0 Comment

PSU, Jerry Sandusky, and a Familiar Darkness

Rock the Capital ran this column back on November 15, 2011.  I wrote it, after 50 years of silence. And then I put a pen-name on it. I have been unhappy with myself about that. My decision to tell the story in the wake of the Sandusky scandal at Penn State was not an easy […]

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Gas Prices and Imaginary Arm-Twisting

By at March 30, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Gas Prices and Imaginary Arm-Twisting

Check out this photo. I found it late one night while poking around on the web. I wasn’t paying really close attention to the text at the time, but the author said something like “If something isn’t done about the price of gasoline, we will be forced to drive things like this.” I snorted and […]

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The Gossamer T-Shirt and the Old White Guys

By at February 29, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

The Gossamer T-Shirt and the Old White Guys

By any reasonable standard, the shirt is a disgrace. Over the period of the three or more decades I’ve owned it, various women with whom I have shared my life have insisted that it should be thrown away, or consigned to the rag-bag. No dice. I am in my 60s, a white Baby Boomer, and […]

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Wrestling with the Rock

By at February 16, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Wrestling with the Rock

When I bought this place nearly 20 years ago, I found it a very strange thing, this idea that I could own a small rectangle of the planet along a small creek near the Mason-Dixon Line. All these years later it’s still a wonder. The thing I find strange about owning property is the thing […]

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Tips on Training the City-Bred

By at January 12, 2012 | 12:41 pm | 1 Comments

Tips on Training the City-Bred

I had an adventure a few years back that reminds me how much fun it is to live in a small town. I was sitting on the tailgate of my pickup truck at a local building supply store, watching a couple of employees help a young woman load a kitchen counter-top into her car. Or, […]

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Ghosts on the River

By at December 31, 2011 | 6:20 pm | 4 Comments

Ghosts on the River

Three days before the year’s end, and the weather had turned suddenly colder. Scattered fat snowflakes darted through the scrub oaks clinging to the steep banks of the Shenango River in western Pennsylvania, a 100-mile long tributary of the Beaver that eventually flows into the Mississippi River. Shenango means “pretty one.” My brother, David, and […]

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