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The Mississippi is well worth reading about. It is not a commonplace river, but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable.”

Opening lines of Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

Photo: Mississippi River boat by Loren Javier


“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”  MARK TWAIN


Mark Twain spent his childhood years in a cheery All-American white clapboard house. The famous fence that Tom Sawyer conned his friends into painting still stands (or at least was recreated).

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” From Chapter 2, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

As a child, Silver Birch enjoyed a summer road trip to Hannibal, Missouri, which calls itself “America’s Hometown.” I’m not much for advertising slogans (though I’ve written plenty of them) but this civic sobriquet seems perfect.

Photo: Missouri Division of Tourism