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Ride to the Devil

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The Great Flood of 1993 pushed the Grand River into the streets and homes of Pattonsburg and residents moved up the hill to form a new Pattonsburg. They left behind beautiful buildings like the old Methodist Church. When Ang Lee was scouting locations for his movie Ride with the Devil–the story of the burning of Lawrence, Kansas–he found the perfect …

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Outhouse Robinson

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7th grade art class. My teacher, Bessie Fredericks, asked us to create our own nametags using picture symbols to tell our names. I drew an outhouse (John), a robin (robin) and the sun (son). Bessie was fearsome even when calm. She saw my tag and her face turned Irish flag orange. “Outhouse Robinson? You want people to call you Outhouse …

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Runagroundabout

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If your groundhog saw this, you’ll get six more weeks of stuck. But if your groundhog wants to run and hide, or squeals in fear, it’s only because he believes that you are a terrorist.  

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Looney Creek

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It’s a peaceful spot to rest in eternity.  Surrounded by forest between Bethel and Emden, Looney Creek Cemetery may have a longer future than the crumbling Old Brick Church. Frank Drake is buried here. A young farmer with a budding family, he joined General Joseph Porter’s Confederate army as it swept across Shelby County Missouri picking up irregular recruits. A …

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Big Bird. Big River.

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A dozen eagles fly and fish around Clarksville this winter. The birds are sparse & spread out amid mild weather. Several telescopes zoom in on clusters of eagles and big nests. Great programs, especially by World Bird Sanctuary, give these birds personality, including the big golden eagle brought to the sanctuary not because she was injured or sick, but because …

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