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What Would Jesse Do?

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Along the road we saw a sign, a real jolt to libertarians, especially those who liberated cash from banks and trains.

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The Genius of Clemson

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Samuel Longhorn Clemson said it: “Our long national championship is over.” Well, it was a football fan, mistaking the ghost of Mark Twain, and replacing his real name with a footballized name, lamenting mighty Clemson’s defeat, and misquoting our most football-famous commander-in-chief who uttered the phrase after a nation-changing turnover from one president to the next. Mark Twain never met …

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Sunrise with Coast Guard Cutter

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Our sloop sailed all night across the Bermuda Triangle. At dawn we crossed the Gulf Stream. The cutter radioed us at 6 am, and boarded us a short time later. Professional. Courteous. Welcome. A safety check revealed we had the things they looked for: life jackets, fire extinguisher and signal flares. They thanked us. More important, we thanked them.

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Rat Stew

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A sailing acquaintance reported rats on our sailboat. Significant damage to food containers, sundries and stores. To help make lemonade out of these rat lemons, I share my one-of-a-kind recipe for rat stew: Ingredients: 1 mouse trap 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese One 12-oz can spinach One bottle cooking sherry 1 box crackers, gnawed open 2 quarts water One tbs …

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Prolificrat

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My bookshelf welcomes Hannibal’s favorite son; his complete autobiography serves up riveting entertainment that cements his legend. He reveals as much about himself as Walter Williams could dig up about the rest of Northeast Missouri. Twain wallows in more than 2200 pages of details about his life, his annoyances and his wit, and he gets away with it, of course, …

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