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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Fearmonger?

Now, apparently, that is not in vogue. I read about the dire plight of 30-year-olds who have received their college degree and want to live and work in Rappahannock but they can’t afford it. So? What have they been doing? Working hard? Saving their money? When did it become the role of the county to find a place for these individuals to live? […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A mighty wind

After seeing so many on TV, I always thought I would like to see a tornado. Then came the warning over the phone and I thought, you know, I could probably live without seeing a real tornado. The sky was so black back towards Mount Marshall, I was sure we were going to get some large hail, at the very least. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The Winter of Discontent

Google will tell you that the phrase, “now is the winter of our discontent,” is from John Steinbeck’s last novel, and he, no doubt, borrowed it from a play by William Shakespeare about Richard III. Well, I think it is time we “rebranded” that phrase and brought it up to date. So says Richard I. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The unwashed and uneducated

Several weeks ago, the owner of the Rappahannock News wrote an editorial about the outcome of the bike trail issue, and how he thought the loser of the argument was the people of the county, who would not get to enjoy the benefits of the trail. Up to that point, I thought the paper had done a reasonably good job of remaining neutral about the bike trail, so I was a little surprised and a bit disappointed. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The Volunteer

It is hard to know what to say about Frank and his spirit of volunteerism. It went deeper than that with Frank. It had to do with community and, indeed, with a sense of belonging. It had to do with giving back to the community and keeping our citizens safe and their properties protected. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: And the days dwindle down

This past Saturday was the first day of regular deer season that I have missed in a long, long time. But I already have some venison in the freezer. I have made my jerky and bologna. And so, I thought I would give someone else a chance to get their deer. Did I miss it? Yeah, a bit. But not completely. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: For a childhood friend

Let me tell you the best thing about Louie. I do not believe there was an evil or mean bone in his body. I doubt I could find anybody to say anything negative about him. He had the best, heartiest laugh. And we laughed a lot. It didn’t matter if the joke was on Louie or on me, we laughed together. I lost track of him when he moved away to pursue his life. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: In the Fall of the Year

The rule book for what you can do and what you can’t do in the hunting woods gets longer and more complicated every year. Is it any wonder more and more people are saying it just isn’t worth it? I fear that by the time my grandchildren are ready to try their hand at hunting it will be a lost tradition. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Arrival of the kingbird

I got a glimpse out the window of a bird that first appeared to be a small mockingbird. Then I noticed the distinctive black head and the white band across the end of the tail feathers and the way he was hovering. I knew it wasn’t a mocker. I said to Linda, “Did you see that? What is that?” […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The Three Sisters

I don’t know if the photo I took will do it justice, but picture this. Linda had a pretty hosta garden around the base of the giant tree, and she had some beautiful maidenhair fern and other plants. When the tree went over it took the whole side of the creek bed and the hosta garden went with it. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: I think that I shall never see . . .

So, answer this riddle for me. If the fellow who painted the welcome sign had to have a permit to put his artwork on the side of his building, what kind of permission and permits did the fellow who put up his photos all over Rappahannock County have to go through to put up his artwork? […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The Procession

I watched an interesting procession today. I am writing this on the day of the Fodderstack 10K. I ran the race twice, and the best thing I can say about my performance is I made it to the end without falling over. […]

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Too many blessings?

When I started working on the tree I tried to keep thinking that it was a blessing of sorts; the maple would make pretty good firewood. Before I got the big end cut up and moved to my wood yard, I had begun to believe that I may have been given too many blessings. […]