SWIMMING THE TIBER: To Quote Flannery O’Connor, “Here Comes Everybody!”

Crossing the Tiber

WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?Actors John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jim Nabors, Faye Dunaway, Vincent Price, Susan Hayward and Patricia Neal Academics and intellectuals Hadley Arkes (Amherst), Mortimer Adler (Great Books), Robert Bork (Yale), G.K. Chesterton Royalty King Charles II ( Great Britain ) Artist Peter Paul Rubens Heroes of the Old West Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday Musician Dave Brubeck Politicians John Ellis (Jeb) Bush and Newt Gingrich Famed coach … [Read more...]

In New Hampshire, God Hung Out a Sign….

Old Man of the Mountain - composite image showing before and after

On May 3, 2003, sometime between midnight and 2:00 a.m., the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed.If you are from the Northeast, you know I’m not talking about a crusty old prospector who fished the clear rivers and survived on hardtack and moonshine in his mountain shack.  No—the Old Man of the Mountain was a series of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  When viewed from the north, the ledges appeared to be the jagged profile of a face. … [Read more...]