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The memory of dirt

ByByRon FranscellFeb 26, 2024

“Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be rearranged.” —Law of Conservation of Mass For a long time, I collected dirt. OK, maybe not the coolest collection,…

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How to recognize a toxic narcissist—and survive

ByByRon FranscellFeb 11, 2024

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder — related to sociopathy under the umbrella term Antisocial Personality Disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated…

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The Blessing Jar

ByByRon FranscellJan 1, 2024

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” —SATCHEL PAIGE I lived a hundred lives last year. The curious wanderer, the angry plumber, the heartbroken son who refused to…

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In defense of Ebenezer Scrooge

ByByRon FranscellDec 13, 2023

I originally wrote this essay as a newspaper column in 1995. It appears here today with a few minor but festive updates because, well, Scrooge is timeless. No businessman in…

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Maybe you know that on this day in 1945, US Marines raised a flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi, an act captured by AP pohotographer Joe Rosenthal. But you might not know that a Marine combat cameraman named Sgt. Bill Genaust shot 16mm color footage of the event, too. It was briefly played in newsreels of the day, but circulated far less than Rosenthal's iconic still image. A few days after the flag-raising, Sgt. Genaust was killed while helping to clear a Japanese-held cave, which was ultimately closed with a dynamite blast. Most tragically, despite several expeditions, Sgt. Genaust's body has never been recovered and remains buried—with his movie camera—somewhere on Iwo Jima.#flagsofourfathers #iwojima #greatestgeneration ... See MoreSee Less
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All these reality-TV dating shows are just annoying. There should be a polygamist version of "The Bachelor" where he says yes to all 30 women on the first night and the season ends after one episode.#TheBachelor #TheBachelorette #polygamy ... See MoreSee Less
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Under sunny New Mexican skies, Mary Franscell undertook the vineyard's annual pruning yesterday (although not without a small wound from her razor-sharp shears). Four years ago, the first-time task required 16 hours, but now she's an expert pruner who can do it in only about 4 hours. She will ultimately re-purpose the long, trimmed vines into wreaths.#winemaker #vineyard #springtime ... See MoreSee Less
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We live out here in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Paved roads, people, and house numbers are sparse. It's the kind of place where you get text messages like, "Amazon package delivered. Here’s a picture of it at somebody else’s house."#amazondelivery #rurallife #whereareyou ... See MoreSee Less
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