Tale of two abodes

May 15, 2014 

I live in a nice little house in one of Belleville's neglected neighborhoods. I would sell and move, but I know I would not get anything for it.

I also own a cabin in the secluded hills of Missouri. There is no crime. I hunt and fish for my food. My dog, Rebel, can run free.

I never really know which place I will be at, but I often worry about my place in town being burglarized. If that should ever happen, I only hope I am there to properly greet the intruder.

Thomas L. Ripley

Belleville

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