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Stalking Stuffer: Plotting a Diabolical Christmas Binge in Chicago

December 13, 2013

They have a name for me. They call me a Grinch, a curmudgeon, a Scrooge, and a grouch. The number of words available to describe me, and others like me, says something about how common we are. We are legion. And for good reason. Christmas is an overblown, garish exercise in overindulgence. It promotes stress, […]

Bad Blood: Tracing the Family Blood Lines Through the Hatfields & McCoys

November 29, 2013

I suspect my daughter is a hillbilly.  That is, I think she may have hillbilly blood running in her veins.  How much hillbilly blood, you might ask? Well, check this out.  Her mother’s name is Marie Hatfield.  Her grandfather’s name is Clarence.  His father’s name was Floyd, and he was the son of a man […]

Down and Dirty Fun: Mud Bogging at Carolina Adventure World

November 15, 2013

I like to watch the Amazing Race.  It’s one of my favorite shows.  With each new episode the show’s producers must find interesting and compelling new challenges for the race’s contestants, tests of grit and fortitude that have included everything from diving off a 30-foot platform into frigid water to eating a live octopus. I […]

Harsh and Bitter: The Tea Party and the Whiskey Rebellion in Bedford, PA

November 1, 2013

See if you know this story. After enthusiastically supporting a hugely expensive war, an angry, combative segment of the American public became outraged at the idea of paying taxes. Complaining of government overreach and darkly warning of the nation’s doom, these self-proclaimed patriots insisted that the government must live within its means, denounced the debt, […]

Maximum Mediums: Communicating with the Dead in Lily Dale, NY

October 18, 2013

My medium was striking out.  Oh sure, she had gotten June.  Sitting in a white wicker chair in the sunroom at the back of her Victorian home on a flower-lined street in Lily Dale, she had gotten June, my mother’s lifelong friend who had passed away recently.  But that wasn’t too difficult.  My mother had […]

Overcoming Obstacles: Rampaging Like a Warrior in Grand Rapids, MI

October 4, 2013

There comes a time in a man’s life when he must prove himself on the field of battle.  This was not exactly that time.  However, it was a time to wear a furry cap with faux horns and make a snarling face like a barbarian and climb over a wall and slog through mud and […]

Rock of Ages: Mining the Depth of Old Friendship in Northern Minnesota

September 20, 2013

Lincoln wanted to get away.  He said, “Find me a dock on a lake somewhere up north where I can dangle my legs in the water and fish.” I like to impress Lincoln so I found him a lake – in fact, I found him 10,000, many of them with docks, and we headed north […]

American Boomtown: The Costs and Benefits of Getting Rich in Williston, ND

September 6, 2013

Waiting for a cheeseburger at the McDonalds in Williston, North Dakota I noticed something I hadn’t seen for a long time.   The manager was irritated with his staff, snapping at them, frustrated by their incompetence.  My first thought was that this man was not equal to his position.  But then I began to think differently […]

Fixing a Hole: Touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

August 23, 2013

My poor wife. She was lacking something.  She was suffering a deficit. She had a hole where her experience of America had been. She had never been to Yellowstone. Worse yet, she had never seen the Grand Tetons or been to a rodeo. It was a tragic thing. Think about it. A geyser had never […]

Ghost Dance: The Fractious Legacy of the Badlands Sioux in South Dakota

August 9, 2013

At the South Unit of Badlands National Park in South Dakota there’s a visitor center that doesn’t really want visitors. The South Unit is a haunting landscape of fantastically eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires.  Together with its deep draws, high tables and rolling prairies, it is one of the most visually stunning landscapes in America.  […]