Rick Mansfield

Batesville’s ‘Civil War Tree’

“Life finds a way.” Thus spoke Dr. Ian Malcolm, the Jeff Goldblum character in the Jurassic Park movie.   Interesting movie; fascinating book by Crichton. Thought-provoking quote. In Proverbs we are told “whoever pursues righteousness and love…” finds life. Also, “whoever heeds discipline shows…” the way to life.   There are a myriad of tracts…

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Bottle Cap Buddies

They were called the “Bottle Cap Buddies” by some, the “bottle-cappers” by others. They called each other Walt and Jess.   They had grown up together. Gone to war together as part of the AEF. The American Expeditionary Force that would help free Europe from the grip of tyranny.   They had considered joining the…

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This coin definitely wasn’t worth it!

It started innocently enough. The presentation going well. Had a modest audience of around three dozen people listening to my recreation of Henry R. Schoolcraft.   Part of the Old Greenville Days celebration, I was emphasizing the fact that Schoolcraft had taken the Bettis Ferry a half-mile from the remnants of the original Greenville Courthouse…

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Is fishing at least once a week an activity or addiction?

Addictions. We all have them. Some “compulsive engagement in rewarding stimulants despite adverse consequences.” “Habit forming substances or behaviors.”  It has been said, “An overindulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”   Pete Rose’s was an addiction to playing baseball. For some it is drugs. Many; alcohol.   Poker. Video games….

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