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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: 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. […]

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Maybe it is a cultural thing

From what I gather from the people opposed to the bike trail idea is that it is just not a good fit for Rappahannock County. We are a small county with limited fiscal resources. I continue to hear that this county building is deteriorating and this one has a leaking roof, etc., etc. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: And the Red Gods smiled

Every once in awhile the stars align themselves just so, and the Red Gods smile on you, and you have a really good day. I had such a day recently. Growing up here, kids mostly had to entertain themselves. Many of these activities involved being outdoors. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A Bike Trail? Really?

I have to tell you that when I first heard of the proposal for a bike trail, I thought it was more of the Foothills foolishness, the kind that spent $100,000 of charitable funds to find out that the cell phone service is spotty in Rappahannock and, for the most part, people would just like to be left alone. […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: What kids say

I suppose there are still a few of us around who remember Art Linkletter and his TV show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” I would like to report that though the TV show may be history, it is still very true that the observations of the younger set can often cause us to pause, reflect and, maybe, smile. […]

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Climbing tomatoes, anyone?

Okay, so what do you DO with a six pound sweet potato? My bride looks at it like it is the monster from the dark lagoon. I thought about taking it to my friend, Mr. Jenkins, who thoughtfully brought me a box of sweet potatoes a few years ago when mine didn’t make it. […]