Category Archives: David Feela

The lie of the land

Print this article“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” –Mark Twain An ancient marble mask sculpted during the Roman Empire’s heyday hangs on a church wall outside Rome’s Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Archaeologists aren’t sure … Continue reading

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Cars in our stars

Print this articleIt requires determination to reach the Nebraska panhandle, an area wedged between South Dakota, Wyoming, and the northeast corner of Colorado. Some might go so far as to say there’s little to recommend the attempt. But over 60,000 … Continue reading

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An urning wage

Print this articleOne thing you never expect to find in a thrift store is your parents, and I don’t mean an elderly couple strolling the aisles reminiscing over items they used to own. Parents, especially retired ones living on fixed … Continue reading

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Tacky tours

Print this articleRecent threats over increased entrance fees targeted for parks located mostly in the West might make you might think it’s time to consider a few alternative travel itineraries for your summer vacation. After all, peak season had been … Continue reading

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The osprey has landed

Print this articleMy daily bicycle ritual usually takes me north of town, past the hospital to pedal along our rural county roads. On a windy day at the end of April a most unusual scene unfolded as I headed out. … Continue reading

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Poets Anonymous

Print this articleI headed for the podium. The audience fell silent, all eyes pivoting toward the front of the room where I stood. Working up the courage to face them, I pulled my shoulders back, stood tall, and recited the … Continue reading

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Hands up

Print this articleStudents gather around their teacher, pillows and cushions supporting their tender spots, as Miss Aimee introduces the book she’ll be reading. “Children,” she says, “quiet down now. Our story this afternoon is titled Good Guns, Bad Guns. Don’t … Continue reading

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Our fearless reader?

Print this articleA long-anticipated book release is sometimes worth the wait. Mark Twain died in 1910. His autobiography was scheduled to appear (by his explicit instructions) a century after his death. Lucky for me, I only had to wait 64 … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not

Print this articleA notice prohibiting smoking while filling one’s gas tank is posted at every service station. It’s a common-sense rule, quite the opposite of the warning on every pillow and mattress declaring, under penalty of law this tag is … Continue reading

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Sedimental journey

Print this articleThe cone-shaped formations at New Mexico’s Tent Rocks National Monument stand tall, having survived an era of great upheaval. Good for them. As I approached the park entrance gate I overheard the employee on duty giving phone instructions … Continue reading

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A tree story

Print this articleThe Irish call them “The Dark Hedges” and perhaps they once resembled hedges when James Stuart’s family first planted 150 beech trees along the avenue leading to their newly constructed 18th-century Gracehill House. Had he been born a … Continue reading

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Too much of this garbage

Print this articleWhen the telephone rang, I listened to my answering machine. A “holiday change of schedule” announcement from my new trash service was being unloaded by a recorded voice. The week before, my old company sent me a letter … Continue reading

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Aisle B watching

Print this articleInstead of pushing a cart with a wonky wheel, I walked over to pick up a handy totable plastic basket. None were in sight. I asked an attendant if she knew where I’d find one. “Not here, somebody … Continue reading

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Adjective deficit disorder

Print this articleIn my neighborhood a house has been boarded up, its grass crispy and uncut, a stubble of weeds longer than a 5 o’clock shadow. The absent owner leaned an enormous piece of plywood against the side of the … Continue reading

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Domestic archaeology

Print this articleJust like that noted Egyptologist, Howard Carter – the one who discovered King Tut’s mummified remains surrounded by a breathtaking array of splendid treasures – except in my case, no treasures. All I’d come noseto- nose with in … Continue reading

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Summer vacation

Print this articleTravel plans blossom suddenly like roses as summer nears. Maybe a camping expedition to the lake come Memorial Day, just a warm up exercise. A national park after that. If the imagination is permitted free rein, soon enough … Continue reading

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Lodging a complaint

Print this articleI pulled into the motel parking lot, shut off my engine, and looked around without stepping out of the truck. From a distance I thought the motel might qualify for a three-star rating. Then after a closer look, … Continue reading

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Airline antics

Print this articleI’d been trying to make my way to London with a woman they’d seated ten rows ahead of me on the opposite side of the plane for our wedding anniversary. That morning the airline informed us that our … Continue reading

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Hidden costs

Print this articleI shut the engine off at the gas pump, but before I could even open the truck door a man who looked like he’d been living close to the knuckle stepped up to my open window and rested … Continue reading

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The hood

Print this articleAfter selling our three-acre rural homestead, complete with barn, pond, and irrigation water, and after moving into a smaller single-story house within the city limits, I received an email from a friend: Welcome to the hood. I’d been … Continue reading

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