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Finding Wild Missouri Gets Emmy Nomination

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“Mighty Confluence” has been nominated for an Emmy. It’s the first of a series of short films following Erifnus and me as we drive every mile of every road on the Missouri state highway map. The nominated episode, one of three nominees for the Mid-America Emmy award for Short Format Program, is part of the Finding Wild Missouri video series produced …

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Yard Bargains

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“How much for books?” “Fifty cents.” Dan didn’t quibble. He knew what he wanted. Hard back classics. He rummaged through several cardboard boxes and plucked out a half dozen keepers. A collection of Jack London short stories. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. And a 719-page story that begins, “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but…” Dan’s eyes grew wide when he …

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Turtle

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 Morning rush hour murders your nerves. Worse for turtles. I saw one the other day, stranded on the center line of a busy expressway. He was upside down, legs fully extended, grasping at the sky. His chances for survival were slim as he wriggled in the morning sun, cars whizzing by. So I pulled over and stopped, waited for a …

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Requiem for an Old Broadway Star

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The demolition ran into a snag. A piece of equipment broke, and the wrecking of the old hotel stopped for a few days, leaving a solitary four-story turret rising above the rubble. Maybe it was an elevator shaft, I couldn’t tell. Its walls, exposed to the sun for the first time, were painted industrial colors. Drab green. Dull pink. Babyshit …

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St. Louis: Birthplace of Fast Food

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More than any other spot on earth, St. Louis is the birthplace of fast food. In terms of speed and convenience, St. Louis has made the single biggest impact on your gastrointestinal tract since cave people first burned meat, more than White Castle or pizza jockeys or Cap’n Crunch or Dairy Queen, even more than McDonald’s. Oh, argue if you …

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