Jonesville Field Guide Entry #507

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Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, is associated with at least three different Union County houses still standing: the Wallace, JRR Giles and Cross Keys homes. According to many accounts, including the one below from the May 27, 1865 edition of Harper’s Weekly, was dressed as a woman when he was captured. […]

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Trivia: Tahiti, pouques, kava and more

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News and information for enjoying the island lifestyle (beaches, sailing, surfing and such) …wherever the hell you are. …About one-third of North America is bordered by barrier islands./// …In ancient Tahiti, archery was a sacred sport, practiced only by people of high rank. And while they were expert marksmen, bows and arrows were never used […]

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Blue Rubber Pool Excerpt #237

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[NOTE: This excerpt from Blue Rubber Pool comes from early in the book.] Squinting in the fading light, I saw it: a big, black blob chewing on my precious banana trees again, the little patch I put in to feel at home while still homeless and scouting builders. This beast was not just an intruder, […]

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The Tuesday Morning Woody: 1957 Walsted Folkboat

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Looking for a used wooden sailboat that’s trailerable. This could be a great restoration project. Built in 1957–and the boatyard that built it is still going. For sale on Ebay is a 25 footer with 7-foot beam. Teak decking, inboard 2 cylinder diesel, miscellaneous sails. Trailer needs new axles, tires and rims. Get out your […]

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Book Review: Gringos in Paradise

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The gates between the United States and Mexico open in both directions. People coming into the USA seeking a better quality of life meet people heading into Mexico seeking the same thing. This summer, at the Pages on Pine used book store in Spartanburg I bought Barry Golson’s Gringos In Paradise because the sub-title—An American […]

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Beat Andy Garcia Reading Neruda

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Can you beat Andy Garcia reading Neruda? I’ve tried. But face planted. O yes I did. A few years ago at Pineapple Hill—in my hammock recovering from an injury—I decided to read “The Morning Is Full out loud to a “dead” parrot then other Neruda poems to other things: an Uzi, a book of Nautical […]

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The Tuesday Morning Woody 1935 Crocker Ketch

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Wooden sailboat for sale: In the second floor hammock at Pineapple Hill, waiting to see which way Hurricane Florence will turn, toward me in Upstate South Carolina, or toward other people in upstairs hammocks, I went window shopping and came up with this 1935 Crocker Ketch. I like wooden sailboats. I like ketches. I like […]

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If it’s true that islands have souls

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It’s easy to get caught up in the notion of islands being warm romantic lazy places composed mostly of tanned vacationers slathered slick with coconut oil sprawled out on tropical-colored beach chairs and blankets while barely still able to hold sweet umbrella drinks. To me, there are other islands just as captivating: cold and perhaps […]

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Blue Rubber Pool Excerpt #89

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I’d been nineteen and staying–living, actually–at the YMCA in St. Petersburg, Florida. My dorm-style room had a linoleum floor, metal-framed bed, dresser, and nightstand. The nightstand had three drawers. In the top one, a Bible, King James Version. In the middle, old copies of National Geographic. In the bottom, nothing. Nothing at all. The walls, […]

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Did you feel that rumble ‘neath your feet?

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My novel Blue Rubber Pool goes live today, meaning it’s been published and available for sale. Did you hear the stampede? I don’t know what to expect. Although it’s contracted with a traditional press—not self-published, not print on demand (wherein copies are printed as they’re ordered, one at a time)—there’s a lot of new books […]

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Cats As Seeds Cartoon

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[Rooting through that box from the liquor store where I toss my writings and doodles, I found a bunch of cartoon sketches from 30 years ago.] Now I’m up to four of these Harold and cats cartoons resurrected from the liquor store burial vault. This one depicts tombstones lined up in a field beneath a happy […]

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Bolger Stitch and Glue

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After sailboats 30′ and up, I never thought I’d enjoy having a small skiff but then I found this small wooden “stitch and glue” oar/sail Gunther rigged skiff at used car lot in Charlotte. I thought it to be an Otter 16 but the guys at the Wooden Boat forum have convinced me it’s a […]

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