Monthly Archives: January 2018

James A. Murray: Butte’s Radical Irish Millionaire

My brother’s book on James Murray (internal link) is now available for pre-order for $14 from Amazon. (Prime) Congratulations, Bill! James A. Murray: Butte’s Radical Irish Millionaire Paperback – February 20, 2018 by Bill Farley (Author),‎ David M. Emmons (Foreword) … Continue reading

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The Frumious Bandersnatch!

I always return to the poetry of Lewis Carroll. It is the height of arrogance to invent new words yet Carroll did it time and again, effortlessly, beautifully, inviting us into a world entirely of his own imagination. Jabberwocky ‘Twas … Continue reading

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Would The #MeToo Movement Find This Funny?

Stanton Delaplane loved his daughter and treated her accordingly. Still, that did not prevent him from enjoying a rich fantasy life when envisioning her future. Would the #MeToo movement find this writing from 1953 offensive? Or could they find that some … Continue reading

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On a Cat Ageing

On a Cat Ageing He blinks upon the hearth-rug, and yawns in deep content, accepting all the comforts that Providence has sent. Louder he purrs, and louder, in one glad hymn of praise for all the night’s adventures, for quiet, … Continue reading

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An Irritated Introduction

An exasperated James Roof at Tilden Regional Park, writing in 1959. If all writing could be so honest. This passage is from his introduction to Guide to the Plant Species of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden: Some Unhelpful Notes We are miles … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling

Endless campaigns abroad are not something unique to America. I am amazed with Kipling’s brevity and wit. The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories (1902) I Keep six honest serving-men: (They taught me all I knew) Their names … Continue reading

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When Do Your Eyes Glaze Over?

“A reader’s eyes may glaze over after they take in a couple of paragraphs about Canadian tariffs or political developments in Pakistan; a story about the reader himself or his neighbors will be read to the end.” Donald E. Graham … Continue reading

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