Items of Interest

Items of Interest | East Wenatchee, WA | April 2020

You think our days of isolation are filled with ice cream and tickle fights? No siree. We’ve purged closets and dug up treasures.

Clockwise from upper left:

• A 1969 copy of Spanish artist Francisco Ramo’s “Darwin’s Ape,” a high school graduation gift from my parents.

• Dad’s cap marking his tenure on the USS Silverstein, one of the Navy’s destroyer escorts in the Korean War.

• A souvenir flag from Veterans Day ceremonies in 1980 at Arlington National Cemetery (not related to Dad’s military service).

• An Underwood Five manual typewriter rescued from a Catholic charity shipment to Guatemala and given to me in 1972 by the Bishop of Baton Rouge. He knew a charity case when he saw one. I wrote nearly every day on this workhorse machine for 25 years.

• A copy of Thoreau’s “Walden” published around 1901 and given to me in 1978 by longtime friends. It’s one of my favorite books.

• A jar of ash scooped in Spokane on the very day in 1980 that Mount St. Helens erupted. Powder raining from the sky — as surreal as this worldwide pause to slow the virus.

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