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The American Road Trip • Part IV

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Labor day brings  burgers and corn on the grill.  Kids straining for school’s resumption.  Perhaps commencement of well-laid vacation plans.  A favorable time of year.  Crowds are subdued, winter beckons, leaves begin to change. If piloting a 30′ box mounted on Ford’s E-450 chassis along narrow State highways does not sound vacationary, careful what you […]

The American Road Trip • Part III

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WE BEGIN WHERE IT ENDS  The GMC Sierra rolls eastward.  A 4:40am start is fortuitous.  Choosing US-60E out of Phoenix, our sky offers a dazzling dome of stars and a planet or two one usually misses. An hour later, the sky is nearly as black as when we start.  Directly overhead, dominating the heavens is one huge […]

The American Road Trip • Part II

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OUR WORK DONE, THE 6′ X 12′ U-Haul trailer safely delivered, unloaded, and returned, the American Road Trip continues northward, a streak of joyous abandon.  No timetable, almost.  Pick a road, any road.  The plan?  End up in Montana to visit a dying friend.  A thousand miles of choices.  I decided on less traveled US-89 […]

The American Road Trip • Part I

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AMERICA IS NOT LACKING highway to drive.  Anyone want to throw a bag of clothes and the dog in a car?  You can motor any direction for a few days.  One of my favorite trips takes one through Missouri along I-44, to O.K.C., and west as far as you want to go. Recently I helped a […]

Bowers Tool Company

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Waking up to a beautiful 71˚ but 93% humidity, the chances of writing a coherent review today are slim.  In a flash it will be both 93˚F and 93% humidity.  Welcome to The Philadelphia Summer. All is not lost.  Little thought is required.  The perfect article for AmericanToolbox literally fell into our drafts folder.  In […]

Jim Sudal Ceramic Design

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Returning to Jim Sudal‘s pottery gallery in Old Town Scottsdale, we find a fresh line of creation.  Pine trees in his signature style, his mastery of line and movement, across bowls.  And vases.  Candle holders and more!  We immediately recall parking the RV beneath towering pines of The Arboretum at Flagstaff.  The sight and sound […]

Kansas Grasslands

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The prairie is an ocean on which no oar is dipped. One in a continuing series of Road Trip essays . . . Taking a diagonal cue from the atlas, we look at I-35 thru Kansas en route to our intended two-lane destination, US-400 / US-54.  And discover the Monarch Highway.  Not asphalt, grasslands. The I-35 […]

The Winter Walk

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Our coffers are as bare as our drafts folder.  Not a farthing to be had for road trips, not a whiff of wit & wisdom nor waft of wistful words this week.  Perusing past articles, we remark again upon this comment from a reader: Sometimes, amid the beautiful scenery and steady cadence of the horse’s […]

2014 ~ 2018

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Christopher Payne • Photographer andy weir • artemis Shawn Colvin George H.W. Bush Bridgeport Brass Four Seasons Democracy – 2018 – Quaker Oats Hands On The Earth • Apple Cider Breakstone’s Butter Eclectic Products – Eugene, Oregon Bubba • Bootjack California Harvest Moon Festival D’Addario Violin Strings Harvest Festivals Lie-Nielsen Bevel Edge Chisels Yosemite National Park Violin Maker’s Plane Beecher’s Handmade Cheese […]

3M Transpore Surgical Tape

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Many moons ago, my palm was grievously sliced in a moment of inattention while working on our house.  Next morning, who is our first customer through the office door? A health care provider!  Nurse Nancy took professional interest in my poorly applied paper towel & duct tape dressing. Peeling off my wrapping, she calmly said, […]

Eclectic Products – Eugene, Oregon

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Decades ago this penniless vagabond was huffing it across country.  One last adventure awaited just over yonder ridge.  His footfalls across the asphalt were joined by a third sound, the scrape / flwapp cadence of a detached boot sole.  He’d been advised to Goop-It, but the unfamiliar brought fear and confusion.  Goop? In time a […]

Sweet Springs, Missouri

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Smiles   Horses thudding along the old Pony Express from Socorro.  Northward I roll to happy honking horns and wide Kansas smiles.  Inching my velocity up to the speed limit, a Man Of Purpose, intent on beating dusk.  To the joy of traffic backed up behind me.  But there was so much to see!  Miles and […]

Amana Woolen Mill • Iowa

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Unlimited time is chaff to the Gods.  What we crave, they suffer.  In amusing their idleness, they direct me, puppet-like, to another garage sale.  I think I’m searching for a used Lie-Nielsen #102 hand plane, but their machinations prefer otherwise. Cold road-tripping mornings remind me of the “Old Man” comment suffered even in my 20’s. […]

Prime-Line Products

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Every lustrum or so, I need change.  I want change.  Something to stir my imagination, make every morning a new experience.  I want my shower door to again roll smoothly upon its nylon wheels. MADE IN / HECHO EN / FABRIQUÉ AU  U.S.A. Nothing beats the luxury of fingertip effort in rolling aside glass shower […]

Saba’s Western Wear

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The VFW in Gardiner Montana greeted my first wearing of cowboy boots, borrowed from Pete.  A memorable small-town wedding made unforgettable from a new vantage point, 2″ higher.  A few decades later, horseback riding occasioned buying a pair of these useful boots. Not until venturing into Saba’s to duck ovenlike temperatures of Scottsdale in August did my […]

Morton Salt

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 CONTINUITY IS A GOOD thing.  Visiting the supermarket, finding the same brands one sees as a kid, ties past with present.  Your parents trusted it, you trust it, your kids will (maybe?) trust it.  I always reach for the Morton.  When it rains, it pours refers to the anti-caking formula Morton uses.   Modern climate-controlled homes […]