Category Archives: America

A Postcard from the Old Dominion

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In Richmond, Virginia on the third Monday in January a curious thing occurs.  Walking down Monument Avenue in the predawn light one might encounter men gathering in front of the largest statue on Monument.  Their quest is one of commemoration. … Continue reading

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I’ve got Culture Coming out of my Arse!

A “cinquain” is a poem, though it is no ordinary poem.  It is the preferred artistic method of an inebriated exposition.  Or to put it another way… when people who I know have a few glasses of wine it is … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva #3 – Ashley’s own “Rooster Cogburn”

The maintenance man at any camp is a rare and fascinating creature.  For reasons known only to him a camp career is chosen, rather than a more profitable job in carpentry, utilities, or construction.  Perhaps he simply isn’t a very … Continue reading

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Get Yourself to the Library Man!

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A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.  ~Jo Godwin I finally have it, the ultimate answer.  I have put my finger on the proverbial pulse of the world and discovered how to halt the decline of … Continue reading

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Down Here We Call it “The War of Northern Agression.”

“Well, that just dills my pickle!” – typical Southern-ism It’s easy to be a Southerner in the North.  Yankees love Southern accents and I always get a kick out of theirs.  They generally like my traditional cooking, provided I‘m not … Continue reading

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“What excuse do you need to take a day off from work.”

As an expat I have been, for many years, a little like an overseas embassy, benefiting from both traditional Australian holidays and also those of my adopted country, the US.   As both countries were settled by Europeans there are, to … Continue reading

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A Man’s Home is his Castle – Literally!

I have heard that over the past two years the average size of houses has decreased.  This is, at least for me, news of some importance. Until 2009 the average house size in the US and also Australia was steadily … Continue reading

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An Aussie’s pledge for American Public Radio

When I spend a few moments thinking about our imminent American departure and the things I’ll miss, one thing often boils to the top, National Public Radio.  This may seem like a strange choice to many, but for those that … Continue reading

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Wall of Mugs

I suppose, at first glance, my school’s teacher’s lounge is similar to the break room at any other workplace.  People drift in and out, checking for free food, using (but not cleaning) the microwave, coffee pot, or fridge, and leaving … Continue reading

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Ya Want Them Over Easy or Scrambled?

In Northeastern America there is a little slice of heaven that I shall sorely miss once we are living in Australia, and that is the diner. Diners came into prominence in the early 20th Century, but really took off after … Continue reading

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