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My Most Unforgettable Character

Editor’s Note:  At a recent social function,  I found myself talking to a friend whom I see only once or twice a year.   But she is an avid reader of Trail Talk,  and when I finished telling her a personal anecdote she said to me   “That would make a… read more >

Lest We Forget

The phrase “Lest We Forget” came to mind recently.   In America,   and I dare say,   much of the world,   this phrase has come to be directly associated with the horrors of World War II,   and especially to the Holocaust.   Perhaps it is all the anniversaries, the dwindling number of… read more >

My Library

My library has a really cool feature.   If you have read more than one Trail Talk,  you may be surprised to learn that I spend very little time at the physical library,  my visits being largely limited to dropping off books at the drive-through or a dash inside to pick… read more >

What I Was Taught

It is embarrassing to open a sentence with,  “I was taught”.   I like to think of myself as a free-thinker even in my developmental years,   but a headline in today’s news triggered the phrase,   and I just can’t shake it. With the commemorations last fall of the 100th Anniversary of… read more >

BIG

Most of us can relate to Tom Hanks’ adolescent wish to be Big in the delightful movie comedy of that name  (1988).   One of my first memories was of yearning to be tall enough to see over store counters.   There were times when I felt that I would never… read more >

To Buy or to Borrow – That is the Question

Where do you find the books you read?   No, wait.   Before we get to that,  I want to know if you make a distinction between the books you want to own,  and the ones you merely want to read. As a bibliophile I have a problem with this last.   As… read more >

Censorship is Obscene

There is a sign on a shelf of my living room library bluntly stating that “Censorship is Obscene”.   I’m guessing this may require a bit of explanation. My mother,  a pioneer in developing and implementing remedial reading programs,  took every book-banning PTA or edict-issuing school board as a personal challenge.  … read more >

Mortality

I’ve been contemplating mortality lately – a natural thing, I suppose, as one progresses along the human timeline.   But I have been experiencing rapidly increasing reminders lately, and it’s starting to feel a little uncomfortable. Just this week, for example, I attended the 100th birthday of a dear friend and… read more >

Martin Luther King, Jr, My Father, and Me

One of my earliest memories of my father was his boast that he had gone to graduate school with Martin Luther King, Jr.   In fact, Rev. King was revered in our house, and his prominence in the media of the 1950’s and sixties as he conducted his freedom crusade throughout… read more >

Public Art

Across this great country of ours communities have embraced the concept of Public Art, or art for all.   In New Mexico they paint murals on water towers.   In my home town of Rapid City, South Dakota, we have “Art Alley” where ever-changing graffiti festoons a previously derelict city alley.   We… read more >

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