Category Archives: Birds

The Graveyard on Devil Step Island

My friend Adam and I had been planning to take his boat out on to Tims Ford Lake, and this Sunday seemed like the last possible day to do it until springtime. It was an unseasonably warm November day. Why … Continue reading

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Ave atque Vale, Michael

I often went over to watch election returns with Michael Hurst. He was a Republican, and I a Democrat; he a devoted Southerner, and I a “Massachusetts-American,” as he said. We disagreed on almost everything about national politics and agreed on … Continue reading

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Facing Demons in Etruria

Out to Fiumcino airport I went, thinking it would be easier to deal with a car rental there and get on to the E80 to Cerveteri and Tarquinia to look at the Etruscan tombs. Alas, Avis at FCO was an … Continue reading

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Protected: The Belle on the Bill

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Protected: Bye Bye Burdies?

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Introduction for Charles Martin

Introduction to the Stacy Allen Haines Memorial Lecture Convocation Hall, University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee April 9, 2014 Perhaps it is true, as Auden says in memory of Yeats, that “poetry makes nothing happen,” but all I know is … Continue reading

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Protected: Eagle and Child

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