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Mississippi River Continues To Roll

The Mississippi River continues to roll.

The photo in this post is of the Mississippi rolling along as I saw from my airplane window just a few hours ago.

It is good to know that there are things we can count on in an uncertain world.

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Hazy Picture Of Mississippi River & Hazy Images Of A Different Time And Place

I took this picture of the Mississippi River last week from the window of an airplane.

The picture came out hazy.

Looking at the Mississppi River got me thinking about the Mark Twain biography I’m currently reading.

While Twain’s riverboat days were only a small portion of his life, I find them interesting. 

I think part of that comes from my years living in Cincinnati along the shores of the Ohio River.

I’ve wondered what it must have been like when Cincinnati was a river town.

I’ve thought I might have been able to function in a frontier society that placed a value on self-creation. ( At least if you were white.)

When I read about Twain’s time on the river, I get an ill-defined longing for a different place and a different time. 

It’s a hazy notion that well compliments this hazy photo. 

I think we all have half-formed ideas in our minds of places we would like to visit and times we wish we could go back and see.

It’s a good thing we have books and imaginations that can partially take us to places we wish we could visit or recreate.   

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Books, Cincinnati, History | , , , , | 7 Comments