Category Archives: Changing face of America

Tugboat Roundup: Aboard the 8th Sea, Waterford, N.Y.

Waterford, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 6 – I had been stalking Bill Curry for two days. Peter Kuebel put the bug in my ear during the tail-end of our Erie Canal tour. Capt. Dick Powell, our guide, engaged in a spontaneous … Continue reading

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Alabama detours: Gilmer mystery and Piedmont history

May 6, 2013 We’d spent a couple hours ducking the rain and the merest hint of routine at¬†Johnny Devere’s backwoods hideaway. ¬†Roosters crowed, wrens sang and stories flowed. The time to go, alas, had come. By the time we exchanged … Continue reading

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The lost Bessemer tape, and more

Editor’s note: Time is slipping away. ‘Twas ever thus. The time to wrap up, or at least touch on, the adventures of December vanishes before me as a wintry constellation of March weather falls on central Pennsylvania. I’m holed up … Continue reading

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Laredo: Ernie Pyle and Jose Arnold

Dec. 9, Laredo – We bid adieu to friendly (enough) customs agent Moses Espinoza and wander across the street. After half-heartedly perusing the high-toned tequilas and cut-rate perfumes at a duty-free store adjacent to International Bridge No. 1, we leave … Continue reading

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Real live Yuma Criminals

Nov. 29, Yuma, Arizona – Every brooding tale of fear and loathing needs the occasional interlude of sweetness to leaven it and keep it from running straight into the ditch of despair. Here at Starbucks International House of Bitterness, we … Continue reading

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Santa Fe Springs, California

Nov. 27, Santa Fe Springs – We linger in the Starbucks adjacent to the Walmart adjacent to the McDonald’s. That’s looking to our right. To the left lies El Super and Target. We are in America. Still. The face of … Continue reading

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