Near Windigo Ranger Station, Isle Royale National Park

Near Windigo Ranger Station, Isle Royale National Park

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Hamburg and Niagara Falls, New York, or where I spent my formative years

May 23, 2015 Intrigued by South Creek Road, J. and I set out before breakfast to drive down as much of it as we could. (I wasn’t looking at maps — no need to.) It ends in Eighteen-Mile Creek County … Continue reading →

Hamburg, New York, or where it all began

May 22, 2015  My last significant trip to Hamburg, in 1987, had been bittersweet — my brother, sister-in-law, and I visited for about a week to help my dad pack and get ready for his move to Altoona, Pennsylvania. Worried … Continue reading →

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or the eastern adventure begins

For this spring trip, the plan was to stop briefly at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, then head to western New York and the Pennsylvania Wilds. May 19: After taking Petunia to the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and chowing down on … Continue reading →

Book review: The Return of Martin Guerre

The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1983. 176 pages. In today’s science-based world, where simple DNA tests can help free the innocent on Death Row, the story of Martin Guerre might have … Continue reading →

Book review: A War Like No Other

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. New York: Random House. 2006. 416 pages. In my 50+ years on Earth, I’ve lived through the middle and end of the Cold War, nuclear proliferation, … Continue reading →

Perking up old-school style with the coffee percolator

I can’t count the times Garrison Keillor has worked the Lutheran compulsion to ply guests with coffee into A Prairie Home Companion. My parents weren’t Lutheran, but the moment they saw a car that looked like it might pull up … Continue reading →