Hazy Images

I took this picture of the Mississippi River last week from the window of an airplane.

The picture came out hazy.

Looking at the Mississppi River got me thinking about the Mark Twain biography that I’m currently reading. While Twain’s riverboat days were only a small portion of his life, I find them interesting. I think part of my interest comes from my years of living in Cincinnati along the shores of the Ohio River. I’ve wondered what it must have been like when Cincinnati was a river town.  I’ve thought I might have been able to function in a frontier society that placed a value on self-creation (At least if you were white).

When I read about Twain’s time on the river, I get an ill-defined longing for a different place and a different time. It’s a hazy notion that well compliments this hazy photo. I think we all have half-formed ideas in our minds of places we would like to visit and times we wish we could go back and see.

It’s a good thing we have books and imaginations that can partially take us to places that we wish we could visit or re-create.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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