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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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Apres Noel

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‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the land, businesses opened to make exchanges.

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Pits of Hell

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If I was ever going to dungeonize a vile transgressor with no hope of salvation, I would dump the cretin into Snake Pit Cave, just east of Leasburg. It’s a collapsed cave. And the sinkhole it forms has sheer walls down to the pit 25 feet below. There’s no way out of the pit except by ladder. And any animal …

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Wilderness

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Downriver, I found a suitable gravel bar where I beached my canoe and set up camp deep in the Irish Wilderness. I sat alone by the campfire and thought about the strange evolution of this area: wilderness, then settled and clear cut and stripped, then abandoned and back to wilderness. The wilderness itself is named for the Irish families who …

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