Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hello NESCent, or a stranger in the house of science: Day 1

Durham, N.C. , March 22 – Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. A motherless child whose father dropped him on his head when he was a baby. That said, a good walk is a fine tonic for oppressive anxiety. … Continue reading

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Spinning our wheels in North Myrtle Beach

March 30 – Languishing amid the plastic sameness of yet another McDonald’s, with someone else’s french fries beneath my chair. (Now past 7 pm.  I just had the pleasure of a brief chat with an employee. He was mopping around … Continue reading

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Falling (further) behind in Fairmont

Fairmont, N.C., March 28 – Here come the excuses. I’m flush with them lately. We rolled into Fairmont on Wednesday after a fruitless and frustrating day of driving and getting lost and driving some more and getting lost some more … Continue reading

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Fairmont 2003: Oh, the things I forget

Fairmont, N.C.  – We’re back at McDonald’s on Walnut Street, monopolizing its one outlet. Got three computers and a small DVD player plugged into our power strip. We’re a bona fide 21st century traveling circus of a family. I interviewed … Continue reading

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Hello from Fairmont, N.C.

We are in Fairmont, N.C., a twig of a town in southern North Carolina. Becky and I came here in 2003, I think. I came to pay respects and chase the ghost of Joseph Mitchell, the wonderful old New Yorker … Continue reading

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March 24, Durham, N.C.

When we left Pennsylvania on Wednesday, I had dreams of reporting in this journal on a daily basis. Didn’t take me long to fail. Here I am four days later, with nothing to show. The good news is it seems … Continue reading

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Farewell, for real

Yesterday’s snow is melting as we prepare to shove off for good. We’ve spent a long weekend at the Beer Can Compound in York Haven, Pa. We’ve celebrated Lauri’s birthday, secured Max’s 150th anniversary junior ranger patch from Gettsyburg and … Continue reading

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