Category Archives: The Little Things

Under our noses. Poignantly, in the details.

XMAS SR ’06: Leaving Home

Press Democrat blog. Meanwhile, the longer version is here, chock full of the details and texture that historical research always yields. The whole thing feels so old-timey-Christmas that I went ahead and did an audio recording as well. If you … Continue reading

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On Tolerance and Toleration

Thinking ’bout the South THE LANGUAGE OF RESPECT My address says CA, but all I see from my writing desk these days are my old familiars, the mountains of NC. Given a continent’s remove from those parts, I speak of … Continue reading

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Civility

Thinking ’bout the South THE SEMIOTICS OF REGARD Today’s New York Times ran one of those borderline-quaint regional features about the decline of manners in the South (“A Last Bastion of Civility”). I suppose it’s not easy to find an … Continue reading

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This One My Niece Made

Thinking about Writing (and Design) LOOKING AT, LOOKING FOR She sits right on my desk. Peering at me just this way, day after day. My niece. She’s concentrating really hard because she’s taking a picture of herself. Or trying to. … Continue reading

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Shaggy and Nosy and Loud

Thinking about Writing FIELD WORK  A balmy Sunday afternoon. Bright sun. Cool air. I drive myself well out of town down a dusty road to a sheep farm. It features a modest farmhouse, not a mansion. Worn wooden fencing surrounded … Continue reading

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“Why I Live at the P.O.”

Thinking ’bout the South SOCIAL MEDIA: OLD SCHOOL Great New York Times article this morning on the vanishing of little post offices around this country. I was lucky enough to “come up,” as we say in the South, summering in a … Continue reading

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Postmodern

Thinking about Design A PICTURE OF A PICTURE OF A PICTURE When I say I live in a “postmodern” world (which I seldom do, but taking this snapshot made me think about it), what I mean is that I live … Continue reading

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