Category Archives: America in the 21st century

Tallapoosa, 5-6-13: On to Johnny’s Place

Rain is falling in Tallapoosa. It has been falling for three days. Back up the road at the Williams house, Audrey must be ecstatic. She loves nothing more than to sit on the screened-in porch and listen to the rain … Continue reading

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Tallapoosa, Georgia, 5-6-13: The Shealys of Shealy Road

I’m having a hell of a time untangling the overgrown jungle of stories, anecdotes, tall tales and colorful characters that took root in my head during our 11-day stay in Tallapoosa, Ga., last May. In an effort to begin to … Continue reading

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Notes from the Wasteland (and Fruithurst, Alabama)

It’s April 22, aka Earth Day. (Editor’s note: It was indeed April 22, 2014, when I wrote the above sentence. The current date, according to the Gregorian calendar, is May 6, 2014. Of course, if you, in the tradition of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Circle C Market, Cody, Nebraska

Feb. 24. It was Feb. 24. Then I turned around and it was Feb. 26. Already Feb. 27. Nay, March 6. Editorial update: It’s March 30. Enough said. Not so long ago, things¬†were looking up. I had turned an imaginary … Continue reading

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Cody, Nebraska: Ron Schneider’s wild ride

Editor’s note: This story is based on a conversation I had with Ron Schneider at his gas station in Cody, Neb., on June 12, 2013. My feeble memory was aided immeasurably by Schneider’s first-person account, which I stumbled upon while … Continue reading

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Hello Shirley Beck, goodbye Philipsburg

July 16, Philipsburg, Montana We’re ready to back the Behemoth out of its parking slot on Broadway, where it’s idled since we arrived in town. After five days, it’s time to say goodbye to Philipsburg. This morning we drove up … Continue reading

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Mining Philipsburg, Part 2: Wild Meat

Thursday, Feb. 6. Dateline: International House of Bitterness, Paoli (Pa.) branch. Before I return to Philipsburg, Montana, a few thoughts on the Great Ice Storm of 2014. More than 24 hours in, the local offices of utility juggernaut Exelon acknowledge … Continue reading

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