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[a guide to summer fun in the Ohio Valley and elsewhere]

Freshwater jellyfish: They are real! They sting! They are everywhere! But…they are too tiny to hurt people. Happy swimming.

Bull sharks: They can grow up to 12 feet long, and they can be aggressive. They have been spotted upriver from Louisville. Happy fishing!

Alligators: They are sometimes spotted in Kentucky (the photo is from Kentucky). Because of global warming or released pets? Both? Happy swimming.

Giant freshwater clams: Not big enough to swallow you, but big enough to pinch a toe or finger. Happy wading.

Now, go out and have fun! (I will stay home and write about water monsters)

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These 2 Bookriders are sorting books. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Bookriders’ official name was Pack Horse Library. This Bookrider is reading to a man—many people back then were illiterate. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, fathers-to-be,  and any man who has played a role in a child’s life. I salute you!

I have 2 sons, a grandson, and 2 granddaughters.

 

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Lakeland Road connects Lagrange Road with Tom Sawyer State Park. It is an old railway bed built on a dam that created Willow Lake from Goose Creek. The original railroad may have looked like this—it supplied Lakeland Lunatic Asylum with coal and likely other things such as food. This is what it may have looked like before the dam was built. (Louisville, Kentucky area)

Thanks to Svend Benson for the photo and idea.

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National Bourbon Day!

Today, June 14, 2019 is National Bourbon Day. By my estimate, 80% of the bourbon is produced within 50 miles of Louisville, my hometown. The Urban Bourbon Trail will take you on a bourbon tour of Louisville. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail will take you all over the state. I like to write bourbon into my stories. Celebrate with me, but in extreme moderation and don’t even consider a vehicle.

http://www.nationalbourbonday.com/

https://www.kentuckytourism.com/urban-bourbon-trail/

https://kybourbontrail.com/

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Unicorns are real!

No, really, ancient civilizations in Greece, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent created likenesses of them. They were more closely related to rhinos than horses, which explains why some representations look more like goats than ponies. (they died out during the last ice age—my mother-in-law recalls them)

My examples may not pass scientific muster, but who asked scientists? Never ruin a good story with facts.

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