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A Paddle on the Wild Lower Mississippi River

It’s just after noon, the sun is high and hot, and I’m standing at the end of a boat ramp at St. Francisville, Louisiana wearing rubber boots and a cotton hat, a black waterproof shirt, and black waterproof pants. In a few minutes, I’ll be stepping into Grasshopper, a 30-foot voyageur-style canoe built for the mighty waters of […]

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St. Louis Riverfront Gets Little Respect

In St. Louis, the riverfront just can’t get any respect. With the St. Louis Rams positioning themselves to move—or to get the public to pay for another new stadium—St. Louis leaders are pushing a plan to build a new stadium next to the Mississippi River that they hope would convince the Rams that we are […]

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A New Direction: Mississippi River Fiction

I began writing about the Mississippi Valley in January 2007. Since that time, I’ve worn out a car, hiked up a few dozen bluffs (and stumbled down a couple). I’ve canoed with the Quapaws into Baton Rouge and with Big Muddy Mike under a full moon. I’ve written three books and given a lot of […]

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