Author Archives: kirkphillips

Channeling flannel

A shanty man’s life is a wearisome one, Although some say it’s free from care. It’s the swinging of an axe from morning ‘til night In the forest wild and drear. (George W. Stace, 1860) Each February, cross-country skiers mob … Continue reading

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On stony ground

At every summit, I hoped we were done with the uphill climbs, but, with each one, the top of another mountain loomed ahead in the mist. The wind was now gusting to forty miles per hour and driving the rain … Continue reading

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Sacrificial acts

James Connolly was carried into the Stonebreakers’ Yard of Kilmainham Gaol on a stretcher. A few days earlier, he had been in command during the armed insurrection in Dublin called the Easter Rising. The revolt was launched on April 24, … Continue reading

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Tourist of La Mancha

Along the harbor in Barcelona is a two-hundred-foot monument to Christopher Columbus.  “Why is Columbus so widely celebrated in Spain?” I asked. “He’s from Italy.” “No one is completely sure where he was born,” I was told, which is Spanish … Continue reading

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Test-kit tour of the UK

Once upon a time, I planned a trip to England. Three postponements later, I was finally able to set off. Traveling internationally during a global pandemic required some additional measures. In total, I took three COVID-19 tests—one within three days … Continue reading

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Olympic proportions

Near the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula, four rivers converge to form one. They are the Bogachiel, Calawah, Sol Duc, and Dickey, and, when flowing together, they compose the Quillayute. At the village of La Push, Washington, the Quillayute … Continue reading

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Memories of Africa (Part 3)

Bwabwata National Park In the fall of 2011, my daughter and I traveled to Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. To read “Memories of Africa (Parts 1 and 2),” please see the previous two posts. The rock that moved The rats in our … Continue reading

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