Toilet paper and beer

Yikes. Not only is Hurricane Irene projected to become a Category 3 or 4, at this point it’s projected to make landfall along the southeastern North Carolina coast on Saturday.


That’s where I live, folks. Of course, during Irene’s touch-down I’m supposed to be on Cape Cod at my college girlfriends’ reunion, which has been in    [Continue reading]

...not in Kansas anymore...

Wow, busy Saturday here in Paradise. Polly and I started the day at the annual ALS Walk, where she entertained/irritated/pissed off the crowd with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which she sang with great gusto. I’ll bet the guy with the microphone who was trying to lead the song wished he    [Continue reading]

The long and winding road trip - A lump of coal

A lump of coal

Much more than a lump of coal, actually. This is Part Two of my earlier post describing our recent road trip.

This is strip-mining and mountaintop removal in operation. Mountaintop removal to extract the coal within has been going on throughout Appalachia since the 1970’s.

According to the EPA:    [Continue reading]

The long and winding road trip - Part one

I’ve been struggling for the last couple of days to write a coherent post about our recent road trip. Usually when I’m struggling this much, it’s because I’m on the wrong path using the wrong tool.

For one thing, I’d been trying to cram too much into the post:

• pictures of breathtaking mountains and equally breathtaking    [Continue reading]