Category Archives: Animals

Sight and Sounds of the Monteagle Flea Market, late June 2015

The man selling homemade pork rinds is telling a customer, “Oh yeah, Obama’s got this country all screwed up. It’s gonna be World War Three.” I assume he’s talking about the Supreme a Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage, but … Continue reading

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Protected: The Belle on the Bill

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Walking with Brontosauruses, or, The How and Why of What We Know

This is the text of an address I gave this morning to the Cum Laude Society at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, in Sewanee, Tennessee this morning, January 6, 2014. It was a privilege to be asked to speak, and am grateful … Continue reading

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Hunters, 5 a.m.

For no good reason, I’m up before dawn and go into the living room to look out the window. Through the clouds the stars can be made out here and there. My dogs stir but I don’t let them out. … Continue reading

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Hrothgar’s Grave

Go behind Bairnwick, toward a small stand of oaks and the swamp leading to Stirling’s, and you will see the gravestone of Hrothgar. Who was Hrothgar, you ask?  He was an English bulldog, much beloved in Sewanee over half a … Continue reading

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I Seen the Elephant

If you go down Laurel Lake Road–the one by the old “Richie’s Market”–over I-24 in Monteagle, you will come to the cemetery where Henry Walter “Hamper” McBee is buried.  Hamper was a legend in this part of Tennessee, a moonshiner, … Continue reading

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Protected: Hogs and Cucumbers

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Along the Duck River

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Exiting Buggy Top

We hiked to Buggy Top Cave yesterday, just south of Sewanee off the Sherwood Road.   This is a phenomenal cave to visit, with an eighty foot mouth and a creek running through it. Buggy Top was closed for a while, … Continue reading

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Teeny Weeny Circus

Dogwood Festival, Winchester (TN), 2012.  Right after I took this picture, a woman walked by with a dog on a leash. Pandemonium ensued. The clown tried to get his dogs to stop barking, without success. It was so much more … Continue reading

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