Harry Drabik

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The Hatch

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Fractious

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Windbound

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The trails of words

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The immediate present, such as the Holiday Season that is so often no longer publicly recognized as Christmas, gives us an opportunity to peer into a few of the tracks and trails contained in words

Our Annual Family Crime Wave

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At a point in later years mom and dad switched to an aluminum artificial tree with three color spots rotating as decoration. I’m sure none of that was stolen.

North on 61

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What I call the “Canadian 500” was in full force this weekend. Five hundred kilometers along the shore is roughly the distance between the Twin Ports and Thunder Bay. On holiday weekends those 500 Km come as near a race course as I care to see.

And then there was light

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As a youngster I was curious about the very many slogans saying Jesus Saves that were painted clearly on every rock cut of substance all the way up the shore to the border.

The Gift of Aggression

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The gift of aggression is the side of aggression that keeps individuals and societies from being totally savaged by the other form of aggression.

Another term is needed

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Racism is the heavy weapon in that arsenal. Greed and ignorance are humdrum next to racism which did not exist on the two new continents until we brought it here.

Further North

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I could get through our hour plus on MN 1 without getting sick if I hung my head out the window like a dog. Getting smacked in the face by a big bug every few minutes was worth the far worse pain of sitting in air soaked with eau de Pall Mall as my p

A little like Alaska

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When we moved here one of those I most admired and enjoyed had been a run-away from an unhappy home at age 14 when he found refuge in a logging camp where he “slept” among the steam engines to keep them fired through freezing winter nights

Some of the other inmates

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ears of picking up basic survival skills under the eyes of ever watchful Nuns meant hearing my name called in class I’d pop from my desk like one of Redenbacher’s best kernels ready to recite

Asylum Two

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It turned out that as novices to the North Shore we helped clear out old stock that no seasoned resident would have fallen for, bargain or not.

Asylum

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I looked at my questioner and said, “You mean like that guy who looks like he came here intending to go on safari?” A “leopard” band around a bwana hat isn’t at all north woods.

Weekend Asylum

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I’m proof the vagaries of birth can be matched by those of even the most careful adoption.

The hell is that about?

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The main reason to avoid blatant insult and rude challenge is that doing those things raises hackles rather than intellect. So in an effort to get at system and meaning I’ll skirt the minefield of culture, politic, and faith

Timid

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People living along the North Shore have learned to accept, not always with appreciation, the entertainment provided by urban drivers. I’ll be first to say that outside my element and on a crowded freeway I am out of my league.

Self and Being

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A great thing about going psychiatric was no one (including me) could get clever with it and ask what particular kind of nut bar specialist I planned to be.

Fleeting Fame

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My shot at fame came without scripture to aid it. I was doing laundry and there it was. All I had to do was open the washer lid and Eureka was upon me. I gaped in awe at a miracle.

Fireworks and Freedoms

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Because it’s something so easily overdone I’m not much of a flag waver. I take my duty and patriotism in the form of principle and action rather than symbol. Not that I do very much, but I make an effort in what I hope is a balanced manner.

Stories gone north

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Many talented geologists and prospectors passed by the red gold looking for the yellow. Longyear and the Merritt Brothers were the wiser exceptions.

Just Sayings

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Among my favorites these days is going down a produce aisle in a North Shore grocery and seeing a cheery sign alerting me to Organic Bananas. The first time I saw such an alert I must have stood there entire minutes trying to conjure up an inorganic