Like many people in northern New England, I was caught in a time machine last month.
It began with a pelting, steady downpour at about 32 degrees. The rain crystallized, turning trees into glistening chandeliers that sagged and snapped and knocked out power lines. Goodbye electricity; hello 19th century.
For a couple of days, it was back to hauling water (from buckets positioned to catch runoff from the roof), loading woodstoves, carrying candles from room to room. No television, no Internet, no music beyond what could be created with an acoustic instrument or the human voice.... Read more »
(“A Political Remix”) Before joining the Anniston Star in 1998, John Fleming was West Africa correspondent for the Reuters News Agency. He covered the wars in Congo-Brazzaville and the former Zaire as well as the resumption of the conflict in Angola. He has written extensively on state government, the power of special interests, and the legacy of the civil rights movement in the Deep South.