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WORLD CHAMPION SEARCH STRINGS

  • HOW THIS STARTED:
    "shelf life of prune juice" - The Middlewesterner

  • "elko + bar + bathroom + girlfriend" - Creek Running North
  • "what does a mole on the palm of the hand mean?" - Mole
  • "biro, slowly watching memory" - frizzyLogic
  • "pictures of someone who looks forgotten" - Blaugustine
  • "emily dickinson's address" - alembic
  • "heterosexual woman becomes lesbian in midlife" - Velveteen Rabbi
  • "if lost return to" - Slow Reads
  • "village voice newspaper headline when andy warhol died in 1987 village voice headline is god dead is god dead" - Marja-Leena
  • "I have no head" - Under a bell
  • "what can we do about privilege?" - Feathers of Hope
  • "stigmata montreal women" - Cassandra Pages
  • "Aztec sacrificial victims" - 3rd House Party
  • "ugliest woman ever" – Fishbucket
  • "prime number farting" - The Middlewesterner
  • "sasquatch beauty barn" - Via Negativa
  • "I have what looks like small pieces of bird seed in human feces my feces." - Nuthatch
  • "signs your girlfriend is not happy" - The Middlewesterner
  • "real tribe potion to become Immune to fire" - susannagig-jig
  • "does god blink" - The Middlewesterner
  • "Sleeping ovaries" - Find Me a Bluebird
  • "People find me offensive poem" - Find Me a Bluebird
  • "girlfriend taming" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked librarians from north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "signs a girlfriend is about to walk out" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girls at prayer" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'behind the barn' mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "basho farting" - The Middlewesterner
  • "white conic body lotion" - Mole
  • "what specifically is the emerald mole?" - Mole
  • "how to impress a tomboy girl" - The Middlewesterner
  • "ripon cookies for bear bait" - The Middlewesterner
  • "people who think they are cats" - The Middlewesterner
  • "crows and fog omen" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when you are walking in the spirit what does heat mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how to be more socialable" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does making hay mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does it mean to call someone an iowa farm boy" - The Middlewesterner
  • "What does it mean when there are 2-3 crows in your yard and you don't have a corn field?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "tomboy addiction" - The Middlewesterner
  • gunmetal tulle - findmeabluebird
  • mucho bonito senorita translation - findmeabluebird
  • "swollen rash" diagnosis - findmeabluebird
  • how to keep a kid occupied when sick and in bed - findmeabluebird
  • moose bums - findmeabluebird
  • uninterlaced - findmeabluebird
  • "red squirrels castrating grey squirrels" - The Middlewesterner
  • "short poems to impress a girl" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what is an important food crop in middlewest?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "the reason the elements of the writing process are important to poetry" - The Middlewesterner
  • "wallpaper, poet" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how to be a vagabond" - The Middlewesterner
  • "my jock strap hearts how can i fix it" - The Middlewesterner
  • "How do Hutterite deliver babies " - The Middlewesterner
  • "shelling corn slang" - The Middlewesterner
  • "lady of guadalupe as vagina symbol" - The Middlewesterner
  • "will the leaves still be on the trees October 21, 2006 in Davenport, Iowa?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "driving time between seydisfjordur and skaftafell" - The Middlewesterner
  • "impress a girl from north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do tigers get born?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "jesus nude girls" - The Middlewesterner
  • "falling in love with a midwesterner" - The Middlewesterner
  • "shanties with cadillacs" - The Middlewesterner
  • "middle road sermon" - The Middlewesterner
  • "ephemeral as the summer fly" - Chatoyance
  • "how to paint ghost flames" - Chatoyance
  • "wine of cardui" - chatoyance
  • "kevlar bridal dresses" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how to scold boyfriend" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how to find your true self" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "it goes around the sun 4 times a year" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how long does it take for a sprinter to regain his speed after a grade 1 hamstring tear" - The Middlewesterner
  • "understanding why crows like you" - The Middlewesterner
  • "customs and culture of the middlewest region of the United States" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girl in a pile of money" - The Middlewesterner
  • "dakota tom sandwich" - The Middlewesterner
  • "things to do in Middlewest US" - The Middlewesterner
  • "nebraska christian music thunderstorm" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girls performing prayer photos" - The Middlewesterner
  • "metaphysical stores in Davenport Iowa" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'worthless as tits on a boar' mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what is silo liquid and why does it make the cats sick?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "names of the dinosaurs that live in water or pictures naked women" - The Middlewesterner
  • "alien + pigs + north + dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "poems for football players girlfriend" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'making hay' mean?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do cows eat cabbage in south dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does a skunk mean in a dream" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does the mole on the buddha mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "hutterite bra" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when to planet vandalia onions" - The Middlewesterner
  • "The Republicans have been painting an unattractive portrait of Democrats roasting young children on a spit in the Capitol rotunda and what not" - The Middlewesterner
  • "kewpie doll karl rove" - The Middlewesterner
  • "Real photos of Mary and Joseph with Baby Jesus and a story how Mary got her baby, Jesus removed out of her stomach" - The Middlewesterner
  • "fog barn stillness beauty poetry" - The Middlewesterner
  • "redneck outhouse poems" - The Middlewesterner
  • "haiku farting basho horse" - The Middlewesterner
  • "signs that i'm a heroin addict" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do you know if your ankle is sprung" - The Middlewesterner
  • "translations from spanish to english giving opinions about the preservation of wild cats in South America" - The Middlewesterner
  • "stealth bomber information" - The Middlewesterner
  • "emily dickinson with cowboy hat" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what causes bossy girlfriends" - The Middlewesterner
  • "owl hitting a windshield and meaning" - The Middlewesterner
  • "long arm handling gloves cat" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does a rendering plant smell like?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "potion to become a superhero" - The Middlewesterner
  • "fried egg symbols of lesbianism" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when you are sixty years old should you move back to cold weather in michigan?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "learn poetry to impress a woman" - The Middlewesterner
  • "if you were asked to teach a character education program with which you found fault, what would you do?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "tractors porn" - The Middlewesterner
  • "does black or dark nail polish on a woman mean anything" - The Middlewesterner
  • "keeping warm in north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
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The Middlewesterner travelled through Nebraska recently, journaling and taking photos. He saw all my favorite parts--Chadron, the Sandhills--and ended up in the Old Market in downtown Omaha (at Delice, if you're local), where I've spent many happy ev... [Read More]

Comments

Lorianne

It's great to see RG looking healthy, happy, and super-human. :-)

Beth

Well, I was moved by this whole thing, Tom. Glad your daughter is healthy and that you were able to be with her and her husband. But perhaps even more so by your solo journey back home, your gravesite reflections, and your comment about your own writing and what's important to you. I've read this from you in other forms before, but somehow the lonesomeness of the Sandhills, and the presence of other ghosts, known and unknown, gave it added impact. I'm not sure I agree with you about publication, because it will help the stories live, but I do agree about their integrity and your integrity as a poet-writer. Publishing them on your own terms is a lot better than not at all. Anyway - nothing original to add, just wanted to say thanks for letting me ride along.

Tom Montag

Lorianne and Beth - Thanks, both of you, for your support and your appreciation of what I'm doing. Your words warm my heart.

MB

It's interesting to hear you describe Nebraska as being in the West. I don't think of it that way, from my further-west perspective. It's a question of definition, I know — that and it's a *big* country we live in!

So nice to see that radiant RG grin! Glad you had a good visit.

marja-leena

Yes, what Beth said! Love this post, and happy to hear your daughter is fine - you've been in my thoughts.

Dave

Great post - an epic trip! I've always wanted to see Carhenge, maybe even perform some ritual there - you know, sacrifice an engine block or something.

Tom Montag

Well, MB, you have to understand that I agree with Wallace Stegner. He says the west begins at the 100th meredian. I say the middlewest ends about where the Missouri River comes into South Dakota. We're only a few minutes different in our placement of the marker. What is west and what is middlewest is in part a matter of annual rainfall, which determines a lot of other things. For instance, I believe the middlewest begins in western Ohio, where the tall grass prairie began, and ends halfway across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, where the mixed tall gress and short grass prarie ends and the exclusively short grass prairie begins.

Probably more than you wanted to know.

Thanks for your good words on the RG grin &c.

Tom Montag

M-L, Thanks for your good wishes.

Tom Montag

Oh, Dave, I suppose we'd have to pull the running engine out of the car, as if it were a still-beating heart. Let me know when you're ready to go....

Calvin Conroy - The Pizza Ranch, Chadron, NE

It was a pleasure to have read you dined with us! I hope your experience with us was a good one. When in Chadron, please come and see us again! Thank you for your patronage!!!

Calvin Conroy
Owner/Operator

Tom Montag

Calvin--

My visit to the Chadron Pizza Ranch was most satisfactory, as is always the case at the Pizza Ranch operations I've visited. If I were given to making endorsements, I would endorse not only the Chadron Pizza Ranch but the entire Pizza Ranch chain. Unfortunately, I don't do endoresements. You shold know, perhaps, that your cactus bread is my secret sin. But please don't tell anybody.

You can be sure that when I am next in Chadron, I will eat at Pizza Ranch again. You might even recognize me: I'll be the fellow who looks like a hungry bear.

Oh - I suppose you see a lot of such hungry bears....

Dave

I'm a native Nebraskan and proud of it. I have read all Mari Sandoz works, her many accomplishments, etc. and consider her, without a doubt, one of the greatest Americans in our glorious history.

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