Monthly Archives: October 2010

Frog Legs and Eggs??

The Mississippi River has nurtured and supported a diversity of cultures and lifestyles that is astounding. I am just over 50 miles from the sweet, Southern social life of Charleston, MO and only 88 miles from the sturdy, tidy homes … Continue reading

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High Cotton and Earthquakes – Or Not

The Mississippi Delta, which began around Sikeston and continues all the way to the Gulf, is cotton country and ‘tis the season for pickin’ it. It’s everywhere, smooshed into big round bales and waiting in the fields, wrapped in pastel … Continue reading

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Day 60

Day 60 – two-thirds of this journey is completed! Someone asked me recently what I have learned. Yikes! There are several hundred answers I could give to that question. On a practical level….here are some guidelines from riverroadwoman for living … Continue reading

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Dust, Southern Charm and Something Ancient

I’ve visited this area of southeast Missouri known as “The Bootheel” before and made some friends I was happy to see again. Claudia and Randy Arington invited me to stay with them in the country outside of Charleston, MO. When … Continue reading

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Slipping Into The South

I rolled into Cape Girardeau, MO, just in time for a Nemo birthday party!  The Neumeyer’s had invited me to stay at their B&B and their granddaughter, Erica, was celebrating her second birthday. She managed the candle blowing just fine … Continue reading

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A Deeper Surrender

There are precious few communities in our comparatively young country where structures from the mid-1700s exist today.  Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, less than an hour south of St. Louis, was the first European settlement west of the Mississippi.  To touch the … Continue reading

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Better Than Spinach

Popeye, the beloved spinach-guzzling sailor, was born in Chester, Illinois, in the mind of native son, Elzie Segar, who was himself born here in 1894. Popeye and Wimpy, the hamburger fiend, were reportedly based on real life Chester characters and … Continue reading

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Up and Over St Louis

St. Louis. It’s a bit daunting to think of deciding what to cover of St. Louis in just two days. One could spend months exploring this great city. I’m a guest at the Hilton Inn at the Ballpark and my … Continue reading

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Movin’ On

I’m a bit behind! Things have been happening so fast since I stepped off that barge, I’m running to keep up with myself, much less finding time to write and process images. But, I’ll try to catch us up this … Continue reading

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24 Hours on The Phyllis

A dense fog had caused The Phyllis to be running behind schedule Tuesday morning, so in order to meet her we needed to travel a bit farther south than had been planned, to Lock & Dam No. 25 at Winfield, … Continue reading

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