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FISH OBITUARIES (RESURRECTED)
 

SINDWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

Manda in Lawrence

HELLO Manda at DUSTY BOOKSHELF in Lawrence, Kansas where it was rumored -- by reliable local informants -- that there was a lone (but pristine) copy of Reptile House among ALL THOSE STACKS OF BOOKS!!!

The tour detoured, paid a toll, sidewinded over to Laurence after breakfast. The copy was found and signed on the title page.

A Dusty Bookshelf T-shirt with the cat on it was acquired to added to the growing bookstore t-shirt collection...and it was all Missouri after that.

Next stop: Tonight, August 5th, WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE
-- best bookstore in the Windy City -- 7:30 pm. Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

1022 miles

2 days, 2 gallons of water, 2 phone calls to parents, 1 college roommate, 1 Alaskan co-conspirator, 2 sisters, 1 anarchist and PhD candidate, numerous novelists and several poets.

Crossed the Mississippi at Hannibal, Missouri. Mark Twain.

Arrived Land of Lincoln and angled north on some "short cuts".

Chicago Tonight, Aug 5th, WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE -- 7:30 pm. Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

Paul Bunyon with Scythe

BILL BOARDS ON THE WAY TO MANHATTAN, KANSAS:

"Rent Your Combine! -- Next Exit"

"Prairie Dog town! -- Next Exit"

"Got Monsters? -- Next Exit"

"The World's Largest Czech Egg! -- Next Exit"

"Garden of Eden! -- Next Exit"

"Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum -- Next Exit"

"Free Land! -- Next Exit" Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING, and OUT of MIND

words are useless. just go

From a favored campground the Custer Nat. Forest, take the gravel to 78, right to Red Lodge -- seems benign enough. Construction is heavy for such a tiny road. Writers should get a job like that. Stand in the sun, wave at cars, wonder at lives passing.

Beartooth Pass. It is south on 212, just a snaking red line in the atlas, nothing to fear -- such lines. Hurry. You don't have time for 11,000 ft passes.

10,947ft.

This is the second time, but the first from north to south, which is different, less knee-shaking, or maybe age brings courage for dizzy cliffs. Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

POETRY POETRY POETRY

It is said (in my Atlas) that Sandpoint, Idaho is the prettiest town in America. If it's not #1, it's right up there. The train across the lake, just as Marilyn Robinson says.
ANYWAY, I had fun there thanks to my pal Christine Holbert of LOST HORSE PRESS -- who I met while teaching at U of Montana Western a few years back -- who is a literary bad-ass -- who is responsible or at least has her hands in all things cultural in Sandpoint, as well as many others literary fancy things in Idaho proper, as well as over in Spokane and Montana -- for inviting me to the Sandpoint Library to read with the fantastic poet and lake swimmer DEVIN BECKER winner of BOA's A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize -- who drove up from Moscow -- and for summoning such a robust and interesting crowd despite the fact that all the bars  Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

THIS MAP CANNOT EXPRESS the SPLENDOR

Heading to Red Lodge to replace a hat.

Purple or red depending on who's looking.

It was supposed to be gray but when purchased the hat was inside out.

It's been that way ever since.

I don't remember which shop I got it in but here's hoping there will be recognition.

More soon...
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

ok getting tired now

Out of Seattle: Stampede Pass / Soap Lake / Ritzville

A little parade of black cows -- nose to tail, nose to tail

A billboard: "Wouldn't you be happier if your car was clean?"

Rathdam / Spirit Lake

Farrugut Campground: FULL / Round Lake Campground: FULL

The Ranger said, "Where you from?"

"How long you been driving? You tired?" Read More 
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NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT.

BEST BOOK STORE IN THE LAST FRONTIER

Reptile House is the week's #1 BEST SELLER in PALMER ALASKA.

Alaska has good taste.

The stack of books was huge.

Harper Lee has had more then her share already anyway.

I told Palmer to READ IT SLOW...

I took a lot a care with those lines.

See THE TOP 10 LIST here.

Thank you FIRESIDE BOOKS, David Cheezem, and readers of the Mat-Su.

xo Alaska... Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

Shipwrecked / Decatur Island, Wa.

On the Beach: whole cedars drowned and bleached.

Other sundry driftwood.

A single sandal, men's size 12..

A 20-foot whip of seaweed with a bulb as a float.

Patches of pebbles washed away leaving only sand.

A portly man who wanted a tour.

Forts made with driftwood.

Wind battered houses.

Another island. Another island. Another island.

A pirate ship. A skull and crossbones. A small cannon. A poop deck. A prow.

A "Play at your own risk" sign.


Has book tour has gotten lazy? Soft?

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Next stop: Sandpoint Idaho Library with LOST HORSE PRESS on July 29th at 7 pm.

See you soon Christine at Lost Horse. There are a whispers that DEVIN BECKER winner of the A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize-- might be joining me there as a surprise reader.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 --DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

DECATUR ISLAND IS JUST NORTH OF LOPEZ--

Google Maps says one cannot get to Decatur Island, but that is not true:

1. No shops.

2. No restaurants.

3. No gas stations.

4. Several boats.

5. Docks. Seagulls.

6. Trees.

7. 50 residents.

8. One deer eating grass.

9. Nice moon.

10. At least one hot tub.
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