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A Chimney Sweep’s View of the Jacks Fork

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Rarified air. Pristine water. The Jacks Fork welcomes Spring.

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Hollow Victories

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Strange occurrence. I picked all 16 first round matchups correctly yesterday. Yep, Yale and Little Rock, too. It won’t last, and it doesn’t matter, since I entered no contests. But it’s my biggest brush with success since a guy named John Robinson won the billion-dollar Powerball a few weeeks ago. As our sloop muttered when we turned away from Havana …

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Snakes? Shamrocks? Patrick’s Real Story Is Better

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Researching for a novel about my Irish priest great grandfather, I’ve come face-to-face with the real St. Patrick. Two tales make him less caricature, more saintly. Every Irish child knows the first story: Patrick ascended Clough Patrick (the Irish Mount Sinai) and fasted for forty days, during which he encountered a scourge of demons–hideous birds. He rang a bell to …

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Early Spring

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The calendar still hung to winter. But as they sat on the front porch, nature was bidding spring.

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Waste Trash Flotsam

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Kit Carson saw a lot of tumbling tumbleweeds along the trail. Today the tumbleweeds are outnumbered by plastic bags. But hey…same aerodynamics.

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