Gliding To Governopolis

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At dawn, the bald eagle rises from her nest, gliding through the fog along Virginia’s South Fork Rivanna River, not really sure what she seeks. She is a symbol, a hope for a better tomorrow. She is a nation, flying proud and free. Soon, the eagle begins to climb. There is a steep slope here, she discovers, and she feels compelled to find out where it leads. Breaking through the mist, she ascends to the top of the little mountain, …

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Roaming Wild

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What a wild week it’s been with the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. We were fortunate to have dodged a bullet here in the Virginia Piedmont, sandwiched between the worst of the storm’s wrath to our Northeast and the massive snows to our west. The media pictures of the storm’s devastation break my heart. We should all do as much as we can to help those in need. Sandy’s impact has also gotten me thinking about our postmodern culture’s relationship with …

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Mating season for random penguins

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          In the news:  http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/ My first three Frank Pavlicek novel were originally published by an imprint of Penguin. It’s a fine institution with a venerable history and I’ve always appreciated the opportunity they gave me and the people I worked with there. Random House shares a similar pedigree. Will the merger of these two behemoths enhance their odds of long term survival in the brave new publishing world we all  seem to be moving toward? …

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Bird Versus Bird

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  On the lighter side, this was sent to me by a friend in response to last week’s post. Really, guys? Of course, I have to root for the eagle, but I don’t know, Obama looks pretty confident. Maybe Big Bird can take him. Either way, apparently it’s now official: We have a bird fight.      

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