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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Paddlin' The Polluted Potomac PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:39

Carpenter_2 Carpenters In The Forehead/  “Paddlin’ The Polluted Potomac”

One of my favorite pastimes is to hop in my inflatable kayak, also known as a rubber ducky, or thrill-seeker, if you want to sound more adventurous, and paddle down the North Branch of the Potomac River.  Putting in at Barnum, WV, and taking out eleven miles later at Bloomington, MD, you are apt to go by quite a few fishermen on a warm spring day, all of them hoping to land the big one that will give them bragging rights after getting home.

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Hello, My Name Is Elder Davis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Monday, 14 May 2012 08:30

Carpenter_2  Carpenters In The Forehead/  Hello, My Name Is Elder Davis

“Bill, I love you so, I always will.

I look at you and see the passion, eyes of May.

Oh, but am I ever gonna see my wedding day?”

      Lyrics by Laura Nyro

Dedicated to my friends James, Tom, John, Ron, & John

Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 08:42
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On Fox News and the Future of this Country PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Spalding   
Saturday, 29 October 2011 22:08

maryOn Thursday, I had a doctor's appointment.  My physician is so popular that her patients are willing to wait hours to see her--or at least put up with waits that are often hours long.  I've been happy the last few times I've been there that the television has not been tuned to Fox News.  I'd rather hear the noise of the soap opera that was on that day than the lies and misinformation spewed forth on "Faux News,” as has happened other times, with my blood pressure rising by the minute.

 

I quickly lost myself in Smithsonian Magazine's article on the Taj Mahal--a majestic structure I have seen with my own eyes and walked around with my shoeless feet and, ever since, a fascination, as is India itself.  (The book by Amina Okada and ...

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2011 15:21
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Tales of the Good Ship Dick ... Upon a mountaintop, Wal Mart far away PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 29 October 2011 19:20

Some sirens whisper not of proximity but frequency, and so it is with the view from the parking lot of the LaVale Wal Mart.

Not of carts, corralled and herded to endless task like the working men and women of the store and the working men and women who shop there, nor of humanity’s wide slice of taste and fortune affixed betwixt white lines, but of the heights that call out every time I push a loaded cart outside. Westward bound I lift my eyes to sunset side, and thoughts fly where heart resides.

crestThe peak of Dan’s Mountain at power line cresting gives little cause for pause, until you’ve been up there, looking down. Not only of another day, the view speaks to better times, for just as the worst day fishing is better than the best day working, hiking the hills ...

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2011 14:17
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Tales of the Good Ship Dick: Suffice to say, Steelers suck! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Kerns   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 23:22

Living has a way of knocking the life out of you, and so it is that I’m a bit bit miffed that a cool public radio station in Pittsburgh, Pa. just accepted my donation, but failed to pass along my call-out to its listenership.

But wait, even as the words are written, indeed they do, at WYEP, mention my name not once, but three, and not just “Richard” but “Richard of Maryland.”

dickmugThey do so sharing a secret, and with barely discernible chuckles at its suppression, say something to the effect of “Richard challenges the people of Pittsburgh” to renew their membership, or become a new member at WYEP.org, or by calling 412-381-9900, the latter of which is what I did.

Echoing the fabled battle cry of Betty and Wilma, I charged it, and was surprised when she ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 23:38
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