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Heartbreak Parish

Posted May 12th, 2010 at 4:54 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s no longer news that on April 20th, the catastrophic explosion of an offshore rig sent an undersea gusher of oil boiling to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. Or that winds, tides and time have overwhelmed efforts to contain a slick the size of Cyprus, spreading globs of emulsified goo to the […]

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Heartbreak Parish

Posted May 12th, 2010 at 4:51 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s no longer news that on April 20th, the catastrophic explosion of an offshore rig sent an undersea gusher  oil boiling to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. Or that winds, tides and time have overwhelmed efforts to contain a slick the size of Cyprus, spreading globs of emulsified goo to the […]

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Surprise City

Posted May 5th, 2010 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Here’s a classic non sequitur: Watercress and rockets. Let me put it in the form of a question: How did Huntsville, Alabama, once a dozy little southern town whose notable claim to fame was its reputation as “The Watercress Capital of the World” morph into a globally renowned “Rocket City” almost overnight? And how did […]

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Who’s Counting?

Posted April 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm (UTC-4)
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I received, completed, and returned my 2010 Census form the other day. This was Carol’s and my part of the decennial, or every-10-year, count of adults and children — citizens and non-citizens — living legally or illegally in the United States. “Count” is the operative word, for the Census is not all that it used […]

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More Meanderings

Posted April 20th, 2010 at 12:24 pm (UTC-4)
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I have discovered the latest medical fib, on the order of “this won’t hurt a bit” and “the doctor will be with you shortly.”  I recently went under the 21st Century equivalent of “the knife,” involving assorted probes and scopes and zapper devices rather than scalpels.  But the prep hasn’t changed: Strip buck naked and […]

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This ‘n’ That

Posted April 9th, 2010 at 12:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Over the weeks that you and I have been figuratively tramping around the American West together, I’ve been stuffing clippings and notes in my pocket.  At the risk of revealing how diffuse and cluttered my mind has become, here are four of the items that caught my eye. No Sweat With the nation still scuffling […]

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Arid Arizona

Posted April 2nd, 2010 at 2:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Let’s conclude our odyssey through the West with a look at dry yet surprisingly green Arizona. Green, thanks to irrigation and irrigation alone. Without it, the bulk of Arizona would still be brown and barren. There’d be no Phoenix-to-Tucson mega-city, no spring “Cactus League” Major League baseball games, no farming to speak of. The West […]

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Hugging the Left Coast

Posted March 30th, 2010 at 2:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Let’s get back to our California expedition, starting at the beach. A quick factoid: 54 percent of the people in the United States live within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of our shorelines. That makes historical sense, since settlement naturally began on the east, west, and Gulf coasts and moved inland. So you’d think that packing […]

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Good as Gold

Posted March 24th, 2010 at 6:29 pm (UTC-4)
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We already stuck a toe into California — and quickly pulled it back out when it landed in the searing Mojave Desert. But let’s tough it out and take another look at the Golden State. Golden, as in sunny, and golden because of the fortunes made by the lucky few who found gold high in […]

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Hot and Hotter

Posted March 19th, 2010 at 4:59 pm (UTC-4)
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You name it. If it’s beautiful, California probably has it. Too bad the first view lots of people get of the state is bleak and monotonous. I’m talking about the Mojave Desert, which people driving into Southern California run smack into. Every time I’m there, I think about Tom Joad as well as the waves […]

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Ted Landphair

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This is a far-ranging exploration of American life by a veteran Voice of America “Americana” reporter and essayist.

Ted writes about the thousands of places he has visited and written about as a broadcaster and book author. Ted Landphair’s America often showcases the work of his wife and traveling companion, renowned American photographer Carol M. Highsmith.

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