Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time. Once I may have said, “the keeping of time,” as in, “My granddaddy’s watch keeps good time,” but that’s a misleading verb, isn’t it? ┬áTime is not kept; it continues to pass...

I Have Tom Thumb’s Saber!

When I was about eleven years old, my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car garage-sized structure on the property next to the house in which my mother grew up. The Pack House may have been a smokehouse....

Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a kid I was given a stuffed animal, a chimp. I named him Chimpy. (I know the correct term for such a thing is “plush toy,” but Chimpy wasn’t so plush.) Chimpy was given to me by my beagle, Pooh, who came trotting into the backyard from the...

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