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LOOK HOMEWARD HILLBILLY ANGEL, LOOK HARD

What does a hillbilly see when they look homeward?   From all appearances I’m not the only blogger with a Thomas Wolfe fixation. Yet anyone who takes the time to look homeward as an adult, especially an adult writer with a Thomas Wolfe problem, sees the past in new light. Hard reading does that, which […]

THOMAS WOLFE PACK PART 2

The rest of Thomas Wolfe pack part 2 begins with big shoes to fill. (Click here for Wolfe Pack One.) How big? Wolfe was six feet six inches. He didn’t prance around in ballet slippers. His sleds probably rolled to size fourteen or fifteen. Like a forty inch waist in mid-life, and shopping at the […]

NEUTRAL BIAS BEER TASTER

A Beer Taster needs a clear palate, a neutral bias. If you agree a good beer, a great beer, is equal to the breath of life, then how can you tell if someone explaining a new beer shares your view? The breath of life part comes from CPR and the first puff of air you […]

THOMAS WOLFE PACK ON THE PORCH

If you don’t live in a state with a celebrated novelist, go to North Carolina and Thomas Wolfe. This is dark suited Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward Angel, not white suited Tom Wolfe, author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Same neighborhood, North Carolina and Virginia, but different eras. That Thomas Wolfe was such […]

BATHROOM RIGHTS GONE WRONG

Bathroom rights #1: Don’t fall in. North Carolina gets heat for its bathroom rights law. They lose visitors like Bruce Springsteen and events like the NBA All Star Game. No one wants anyone’s rights violated, and neither does BoomerPdx, but a scheduled trip with no refunds is a trip to take. Big money people can […]

VANDERBILT DAYS AT THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN

You don’t need to be a Vanderbilt to fall in love with The Omni Grove Park Inn. If you were a Vanderbilt, or a friend of the Vanderbilts, you’d stay at Biltmore House back in the day. That day began in 1895, and you’d travel with your staff, which included someone to dress you for […]