Tahir Shah explores Casablanca and the hinterlands of Morocco, seeking not only stories and storytellers, but a special salt for use at a friend’s wedding. The salt of the book is the variety of stories and storytellers, all of them vignettes within the story of Moroccan culture told by a master storyteller.
William Heat-Moon’s book, “Here, There, Elsewhere” is one delight after another of places unknown and some familiar.
I first “met” Chief Crowfoot when we took three grandchildren camping from Idaho into Montana and Canada.
I turned away from my two pieces of luggage. Nobody saw anything, not even the bobby, but my small grip vanished and with it camera, photographs, logbook…
Scrooge confronted by Marley’s ghost A scrooge is a person who is stingy with money: scrooges would rather do anything than part with a buck. Dictionary definition Charles Dicken’s character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is the prototype. His now-deceased partner, Jacob Marley comes to him as a ghost dragging a chain of cash boxes, ledgers, and steel purses. Marley laments his enslaved state and warns that Scrooge has, since Marley’s death, forged himself an even greater chain. “But you were always a good man…
Richard Evans’ novel follows “Charles James,” (The man and his circumstances are fiction) on the legendary (but real) Route 66, walking from Chicago to Los Angeles.
1902: A Greek archeologist turned up, in the artifacts from a merchant ship that sank about 1200 B.C., a device no one had seen before—a clock-like instrument with gears, wheels, handles, rotating balls, clock-face dials.
In 1997 we took three grandchildren camping from Idaho, through Montana, and into Canada. The Museum of the Plains Indians, Browning, Montana, gave us an excellent introduction to Blackfeet (or Blackfoot) art, artifacts, and culture.
We happened on a reference to Mark Twain’s management of a donkey in my grandfather’s journal which sent us to the library for Twain’s travel book “Roughing It.” We find our daily dose of laughter in his descriptions.
In childhood I could count on two items under the Christmas tree: One would be “from Santa Claus,” the other a book.