‘Look Again to the Wind’

July 25, 2014
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When I was about eight years old, my dad — knowing my passion for all things “frontier” — brought home a borrowed copy of Johnny Cash’s record “Bitter Tears,” a collection of ballads from the point of view of the American Indian. The album was recorded in 1964, and at that time it was a [...]

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Thomas Berger — RIP

July 22, 2014

Thomas Berger, author of “Little Big Man,” has died at 89. If you haven’t read the novel, you oughta. Far superior to the movie, which hasn’t aged well. Too steeped in “The Sixties.” The novel, on the other hand, is just a big juicy slice of Americana, with the voice of 111-year-old Jack Crabb as [...]

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Iroquois Medal at World Lacrosse Championship — Whining Ensues

July 21, 2014
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An Iroquois national team kicked some ass in the World Lacrosse Championship, doing better than the nation has ever done before — and eliciting hand-wringing and whining about their use of (completely legal) heavy traditional sticks. From The Daily Beast: The Iroquois, the only indigenous people recognized as a separate nation in international sports competition, [...]

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A ’57 Chevy and Pancho Villa’s Head

July 16, 2014
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OK, so I’m working on the Frontier Partisans book, right? My reading time is dominated by research (that’s not as work-like as I made that sound). Then some rough diamond turns up right where I’m working my claim and I can’t resist… Stumbled across “Head Games” by Craig McDonald (2007) and the pages just keep turning themselves. [...]

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Bror Blixen — Part II — ‘I Still Had My Rifle’

July 10, 2014
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Blix had sunk his entire personal wealth into the coffee farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills, and the farm was failing. Primary financial backing came from Tanne’s family in Denmark — and they were out of patience. Tanne and Blix were, by this time, 1920, leading separate lives. Tanne had returned to Europe [...]

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Bror Blixen —Part I — Out to Africa

July 9, 2014
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Most folks know Bror von Blixen-Finecke only as the wayward husband of the great writer Isak Dinesen, author of the classic “Out of Africa.” And he is probably best known through his portrayal in the Academy Award-winning movie of the same title. As portrayed by Klaus Maria Brandauer, Blixen was an irresponsible cad —  even [...]

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Wyoming Massacre

July 3, 2014
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The Wyoming Massacre… The name, for 200 years, conjured images of rampaging Iroquois warriors slaughtering Americans. As they did. But the massacre came when the Iroquois and a contingent of Loyalist Rangers routed an American militia force in battle. The Indians did not slaughter non-combatants; they simply took a bloody toll of a defeated, panicked, [...]

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Stuff That Works — 5.11 Tactical PUSH Pack

June 30, 2014
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Let me get something out of the way at the top: “Tactical” is the most overused marketing buzzword word in the entire universe of outdoor gear and it’s kind of a pet-peeve of mine.  Get our tactical pants and feel like an operator. Your “bug-out” bag needs our tactical toothbrush… The only thing worse is [...]

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Phil Collins Donates Huge Alamo Collection

June 27, 2014
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Phil Collins — yes, THAT Phil Collins — is a major collector of Alamo memorabilia and artifacts. Probably THE major collector, as a matter of fact. Like many of us, he was first drawn to the story watching Disney’s “Davy Crockett” as a kid. Now he’s donating a vast collection to the state of Texas. [...]

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Besotted With Africa

June 25, 2014
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Africa seems to be addictive. Or, if you prefer, it seems to cast a spell that bewitches and captures restless souls. I’ve resigned myself to the likelihood that I’ll never make that safari; time and finances militate against it. But I remain fascinated with Africa — the history of hunting, exploration and war, particularly in the [...]

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