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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow Part 6

While Samuel sat next to me, he had dozed off while telling the story of Catfish Jack. Then with a start, he awaken to look at me and begin his story once again as if he had not stopped. "Well, near Cairo on the Mississippi, they found the traveling sideshow. It was a rag tagged band of ...

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow Part 5

Last week my friend Samuel Clemens was telling me about Jack and Crow as they boarded a train and headed south to see a friend. The man Crow knew had bragged he could supply them with a jar of seven toes for only a small fee.Arriving at the school, the two men made their way down into the ...

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow Part 4

If you remember from last week, my friend Samuel Clemens was telling me the story of Catfish Jack. As he sat next to me he began telling this story." The morning sun rose over the hills to the east, Jack and Crow were already at the tannery paying Birdy for the cow hide. It was heavier than ...

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow Part 3

Samuel sat back in his chair enjoying his cigar as he began telling his story once again. He remembered of Crow's cousin, Birdy and how he had found them a cow hide to cover their wooden fish. Trouble was, Birdy did not trust Jack and Crow to pay him for the hide. Crow had cheated him out of ...

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow Part 2

If you remember last week, my old friend Samuel stopped by as I was relaxing in the late evening's sun on the porch. He proceeded to tell me about how Catfish Jacks' Cousin, Crow Waken had returned from down river with a proposition to get rich in the side show business. All Jack had to do, was ...

Through The Lens: The Adventure of Catfish Jack and Crow (Part 1)

Sometime back, a friend asked if I had heard any more river stories about Catfish Jack. He was referring to Jack Winkles, the expert catfish hunter. Several years ago, I told you the story of how he lost seven of his eleven toes in an effort to catch a large flathead catfish. The monster fish ...

Through The Lens: Pomp and Circumstance

The Coronavirus has changed many of the activities we once thought of as typical. I'll bet there is not one of you reading this column who has not said, "I wish things would return to normal." Or similar words that express a wanting to return to the way it was before our world changed.In all ...

Through The Lens: In Search Of The Green Dragon

Long before the Lord of the Rings or The Game of Thrones were commonly known, there was the story of the Guardians of the Green Dragon. I presume you may not have heard the story unless you grew up in my old neighborhood. It is a tale of adventure and battles with horse weed swords and ...

Through The Lens: Albert’s Reflection

I have to confess that during my home confinement, I have discovered my IQ has increased. Well, at least I feel like I have become a little smarter. Before you laugh at my observation, ask yourself, 'Has my home confinement increased my intelligence?' The answer is easy, when you wake up in the ...

Through The Lens: Wish of the Dandelions

Our stay at home lifestyle due to the virus gives us a chance to enjoy the greening of this season's trees and plants. For many of us, this time of year also brings on the yearly battle with allergies. Pollen from trees and grasses causes the unpleasantness of sneezing and coughs. Each time you ...