Brian Kirkpatrick

Brian Kirkpatrick writes from Augusta, Georgia.

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  • September 2009

    The Walk Up Cemetery Ridge

    The private-school league’s middle-school basketball playoffs were home games for Prep. Prep is the town’s most expensive private school, and their gym is beautiful: spacious, air conditioned, the wall by the entrance made of plastic so the new, impressive weight room is visible on the other side of a hall.

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  • February 2006

    The Mulberry Graveyard

    Spain is a country with strong regional identities. The central government recognizes four official languages: Spanish, Galician, Basque, and Catalan.

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  • November 2005

    FARC Meets the Junior League

    Saturday afternoon, my sister-in-law, Carolina, called from Bogotá. She asked me how we were doing—repeatedly, the way her mother does—then she asked to speak to my wife.

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  • June 2005

    The Machine in the Sacred Wood

    The applicant for our research fellowship was a likeable physician who spoke with passion about the mind-brain problem.

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  • February 2004

    Truth and Reconciliation

    On the day my Brazilian student gave me the kind of reverent statements about Nelson Mandela that I would expect of such a fierce socialist, he also gave me an interesting history lesson.

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  • August 2003

    The Town I’ve Never Seen

    I shouldn’t have been surprised; I’d heard similar stories from my wife. But the more dramatic stories had always involved someone I didn’t know. This was a seven-year-old girl giving an eyewitness account at the dinner table.

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  • October 2002

    The 99th’s Last Mission

    My father told me about his combat experience in World War II just once when I was a boy. I must have been under ten, and we were in a car at night.

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  • September 2002

    Catholic Charity

    I heard the latest twist in the story at the end of our two hours of teaching English at the Catholic mission. We volunteers taught the Latin American students—six simultaneous classes at different levels—in one big, noisy room.

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  • December 2001

    A Message for Boys

    The steamy morning reminded the congregation that Baltimore is on the shore and was once considered part of the South. The heat and the elderly substitute for the vacationing rector made the service informal and cozy, but if I had known the small church didn't have air conditioning, I might have chosen some other Sunday to visit.

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  • August 2001

    Condescension Slides South

    I'd forgotten that a Barnes and Noble bookstore had opened in the old department store building.

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  • January 2001

    The Road to Brussels

    I should have been prepared. My Brazilian student had already expressed his admiration for Fidel Castro and the glories of the Cuban healthcare system. Still, his next comment nearly made me swerve off the road as we drove back from lunch.

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  • December 2000

    Letter From Maryland Liberty and License

    A recent article in the Baltimore Sun gave a wonderful example of how the media view traditional Christianity. Under the headline "Vatican Orders Activists' Silence," the Sun presented the latest installment in a local saga that is beginning to rival one of the national soap operas in its duration.

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  • May 2000

    Learning to Speak in Opar

    When I was ten, I fell into the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. With him, I fled the dinosaurs of Pellucidar in the center of the earth; in the company of the anthropoid apes, I sought the fabled jewels of Opar.

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  • November 1999

    The Tribe Above Madrid

    The sun was low as the luxurious chartered bus labored up the steep dirt track to the wedding reception in the hills above Madrid. We walked up the last of the slope from the buses to the lawn in front of the hunting lodge, where we looked down on the distant city.

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