Dr. Allan Thompson
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Our Corner of the Kingdom


The upper Appalachian mountain range in upstate NY is known as the Catskills. Their mysterious beauty forms the background for several short stories by the early American author Washington Irving. One of the most famous is the whimsical “Rip Van Winkle.” A review of the plot leads to a few parallel insights to where we find ourselves today. Rip is a kind soul who assisted anyone or everything except his own failing farm, mainly to avoid his hellacious helpmeet. One day as he hunted in the hills he met an antiquated yet amicable gentleman needing aid; in sharing his load Rip came upon a gathering of men who invite him to eat and drink with them. He soon fell asleep and upon awakening imagined

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