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My First Punch (really short, true story, honest.)

Here’s a little yarn that’s not about knitting.  Warning, some violence occurs. My First Punch

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Luca’s Story

Children and older men in my neighborhood often ask about the wild goat skull attached to the grill of my Buick.  I enjoy telling the story but (like most of my tales) eyes soon roll.  Now I can just  give … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Learning to Draw (updated.)

A couple of times each year I teach a drawing course.  Drawing has brought me much joy and understanding over the years and “facilitating” that activity is a pleasant and challenging repayment opportunity for me.  It helps me collect and … Continue reading

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Travel to Belize

Fishing in San Pedro, Belize Since climbing down from the trees and before agriculture, our species needed to hunt for food. Typically men and their male offspring were in charge of calorie-rich proteins, while females often gathered more nutritious, but … Continue reading

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Montford Mischief

Tails to Go    by Bill LaRocque All that’s left of the old forests of Asheville’s Montford neighborhood are occasional stands of eighty foot oaks whose long, leafy branches furnish welcome shade and homes for a few native wildlife.  Just … Continue reading

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Bat Bite

Bitten by a Malaysian Flying Fox Bat by Bill LaRocque  “Bats are all wings and never walk on the ground: the opposite of flightless birds.”  N. Audubon, 1803. The Dodos are believed to have only inhabited the Island of Mauritius … Continue reading

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A passing, close to me

This summer, and over the past few years in fact. I’m reminded with a louder voice of our finite span as one of the living. Lots to consider. Always has been. One thing many of us leave befind is sadness … Continue reading

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Ireland 2004 (another back-in-the-day mini-memoir)

In 2004 working at the World Resources Institute, loving my job, I’d accumulated a lot of leave time.  Traditionally in August most of the senior execs in Washington were in Martha’s Vineyard which was a kind of a jr. vacation … Continue reading

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My Latest Memoir Writing Course & Sartoris Tribute

My Spring 2019 course: Every Picture Tells a Story: Writing Memoirs From Family Photographs is a renewing and enjoyable exercise.  Turns out you actually have to write the story that each photo holds and good writing is challenging.  Photos, smells … Continue reading

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2018

Please indulge my personal summary of the past year, yet again.   More, Better. I think technology (creative inventiveness) and humor (the olive oil and garlic of life) enable our survival. Two heroes, Bill Gates and Dave Barry both recap … Continue reading

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