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Another post card from the virtual vacation. Chatham Light. Sunday evening. July 9, 2006. Continue reading
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Sunday night. 11:20. Out on the front porch but reporting from a different porch 283 miles to the east and five years back in time, as the virtual Cape Cod vacation continues. Wednesday night. July 14, 2010. Out on the porch. The coyotes are long gone. The little yapping dogs have settled down. For a while there were no sounds but the brief barking of a couple of teenaged boys debating about how much a particular brand of fireworks was worth as they passed by on their bikes and then the chirping and peeping of what sounded like three different... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lance Mannion
Linkmeister, Kaleberg, let's you and him fight. :)
Toggle Commented yesterday on The case of Finch v. Finch at Lance Mannion
Ruviana, I'm glad you didn't resist. Love it. Will you mind if I steal it for the title of that post when I write it?
Toggle Commented yesterday on I need to change my brain at Lance Mannion
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Shwangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in winter. Not exactly just down the road but close enough. If all goes well, I’ll be reporting on a walk around here in August. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. August 7th! That’s not a date stamp on the post. That’s a date I’m looking forward to. Friday, August 7, 2015. That’s the day I’m going in for the procedure that’s supposed to fix up my back. Two shots of steroids straight to the spine. If it goes the way it’s supposed to, I’ll be up and walking normally by that... Continue reading
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Another post card and some more notes from the virtual vacation, both from Tuesday morning, July 9, 2007. Preparing Ocean Lady to go to work. Busiest place is town at six-thirty in the morning is often the fish pier. One or two fishing boats getting ready to put out or coming back in with nets full can stir up more noise and activity than you'll encounter on half a city block, and that's not even including the flocking sea gulls whose calls and whole purpose in life were brilliantly summed up by whoever wrote their lines in Finding Nemo: "Mine?... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Another post card from the virtual vacation: Finding a book to read before bedtime. Yellow Umbrella Bookstore. Chatham. 10:45 or so Saturday night. July 11, 2009. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
When Republicans say “Don’t politicize this,” they mean “Don’t use clear and further evidence that we’re wrong on an issue to prove how wrong we are.” Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
Dear Political Pundits and Journalists, Nothing---NOTHING---you think Hillary Clinton has done that’s unethical or criminal or---the worst sin in your eyes---just plain Clintonesque compares to the way every single Republican candidate kowtows to the NRA, an organization of sociopaths, arrested adolescents, weak and impotent middle-aged men compensating for various physical and emotional inadequacies, and narcissistic fantasists who believe their individual right to own any and as many guns they want is more important than the lives of thousands of other people. And if you don’t see the Republican response to mass shootings like yesterday’s as more proof that the Party... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
Thursday night. July 23, 2015. New posts below. But before scrolling down, please read this. Things continue to be touch and go here in Mannionville. We're muddling through, thanks to the support of readers like you, but we could still use a little more help. So... ...if you enjoy what goes on around here and you can swing it, please consider making a donation. It would come in real handy and be much appreciated. If you prefer not to use PayPal, my snail mail address is PO Box 1197, New Paltz, NY 12561 Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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The virtual vacation continues. July 22, 2015. You can categorize your own brand of geekitude by whether the title of this post made you think of Herman Melville or Star Trek or both. Late this afternoon, after we’d set up our chairs and towels on a high spot on the beach at Nauset, I spotted a white-hulled sailboat far out on the horizon. The rest of our gang rushed headlong towards the water to throw themselves into the breaking waves but I stayed put with my binoculars, thinking that a closer look would show me that another Edward Hopper painting... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
It's #NationalHotDogDay. Need we say more? http://t.co/S0kq6Fscpr pic.twitter.com/WZi1nDm4h7— The Jewish Museum (@TheJewishMuseum) July 23, 2015 Continue reading
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10:59. 67 degrees, according to Weather.com. Feels cooler. Was on the porch listening to the Red Sox losing to the Astros. Had to move inside. The air conditioners are off but Mrs M closed the windows before going to bed. Temperature’s supposed to drop into the low 50s overnight. I’ve grabbed a sweater. Going back out. Taking a book. It’s 4 to 2 in the top of the 9th. The Red Sox are down to their final out. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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A post card from the virtual vacation: On the road to Lighthouse Beach. Chatham. July 16, 2008. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Who is this man really, and is that really a question you can ask about a fictional character? Far as I’ll ever be concerned, the Atticus Finch in Go Set a Watchman is as much the Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird as the female lead in the play Will Shakespeare tells Christopher Marlowe he's working on in Shakespeare in Love, “Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter,” is Juliet. Writers routinely set out thinking they're going to write one thing and wind up writing something else. All novels are palimpsests, but usually only the top layer exists to be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
Except for the McCain stuff, Trump isn’t saying anything the other Republicans running for President aren’t saying too. He’s just saying it with more force, more wit, more style, and---this is what’s rallying voters and dismaying the political press corps---more overt anger. The press hates it when real emotion gets expressed. It makes it harder for them to pretend that politics is just a game and all the players are just playing. They don’t want to know that anybody truly cares because some of those people who care care that not enough damage is being done to the the social... Continue reading
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More from the virtual vacation. Early Saturday morning. July 15, 2006. As if you can own the view: Oyster Pond. Chatham. Saturday morning. July 15, 2006. Biked down to the landing on an inlet called the Oyster Pond River and walked along the shore, looking out across metallic blue water at the sunlit backside of Stage Harbor Neck and the old, blind lighthouse there, white as an oil painting against the sky. Beach grass on the neck green as bottle glass in some spots, yellow as wheat in others. High tide, no beach, just a soggy path along the water's... Continue reading
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Continuing the virtual vacation. Late Friday night. July 14, 2006. On my way home after taking the picture of the Squire for the post below: Fender bender at the street corner up ahead. Nothing serious. A pair of bewildered and sheepish looking drivers stand beside their cars, looking at the kissed bumpers, wondering what to do. A tall, barrel-chested cop in a reflector vest hurries up through the crowd behind me, moving people aside with his hands. Big hands, and a light touch on a shoulder makes an impression. I manage to get out of his way without his having... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
Wednesday. July 22, 2015. New posts below. But before scrolling down, please read this. Things continue to be touch and go here in Mannionville. We're muddling through, thanks to the support of readers like you, but we could still use a little more help. So... ...if you enjoy what goes on around here and you can swing it, please consider making a donation. It would come in real handy and be much appreciated. If you prefer not to use PayPal, my snail mail address is PO Box 1197, New Paltz, NY 12561 Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Somehow I don’t see this ever playing out as an aquatic version of Androcles and the Lion. CHATHAM —Harbormaster Stuart Smith has rescued a lot of people over the years. He’s freed boats from sandbars, towed them to shore when they’ve had mechanical troubles. He’s even towed whales back out to sea. But he never thought he’d be called on to rescue a shark. It may be a sign of just how much people’s attitudes about great white sharks have changed, but when Smith arrived at the Old Southway inlet Monday afternoon, 40 or so beachgoers were crowded around a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
Thanks, Falstaff. So far the editors and agents aren't lining up. Maybe I should do a kickstarer. Bill, Oh, great catch on the O'Connor parallels. Now I'm even more inspired!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2015 on Escape: A novel in the works at Lance Mannion
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Long time ago now, but I'm pretty sure it was the impressionist David Frye who introduced me to both the fact of the Reverend Billy Graham's existence and the irony of Graham's fame and success: Graham had made himself rich preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a joke about Graham's expensive suits that clued me in that Graham was at best a hypocrite. It was probably Frye's impression that damned him as a fraud and a conman in my eyes. Frye prepared me to not be surprised when my first encounter with the real Billy Graham was as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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More mining of the notebooks. June 30, 2015. Andrew on the case: Governor Andrew Cuomo looking for clues in the tunnel under the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt used in their escape from the prison on June 6. Photo courtesy of the Governor’s office, via the Times-Union. They headed north? David Sweat and Richard Matt. Those two cons who broke out of Dannemora at the beginning of The month and managed to elude capture for three weeks until first Matt, on Friday, then Sweat on Sunday, stumbled into the gun sites of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Lance Mannion
Sunday. July 19, 2015. Thank you to everybody who donated to Mrs M's travel fund! You really helped us out! Mrs M says thank you too. So does her boss. And her reporting staff. Probably the bus driver too, along with her fellow commuters. She's very popular. That's always been the case. People just like her. More important, you'll be glad to know she's enjoying the new job. She also enjoys the commute. It's not the grind she was worried it would be and the buses are nice. Her only complaint is she can't get a reliable WiFi connection. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Lance Mannion
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Don’t listen to this man, says supposedly devout Catholic Rick Santorum. General audience with Pope Francis. Vatican City. March 18, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / Catholic News Agency. More mining of the notebooks. June 8, 2015. Rick Santorum, who, like I was saying the other day, I 'm convinced got into the Presidential race just to prove my point about what the Republicans are up to, has had a few things of his own to say to the Pope lately, mostly along the lines of the Pope doesn't know what he's talking about and should shut up. From ThinkProgress: On... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Lance Mannion