The story of Moses as seen through the eyes of "Rod," a direct decendent of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, is both entertaining and thought provoking. It is an epic journey... More > that is worthy of serious consideration for people of all ages.< Less
Rod Newkirk joined the K9YA Telegraph staff in September 2004 with the publication of his story, “A QSO with CRØOK.” That first, short article about a legendary Chicago gangster... More > and his predilection for Morse code set the benchmark for the 44 articles to follow.
With his background in radio as both vocation and avocation Rod’s stories for the K9YA Telegraph span decades, careers and continents: from Chicago’s north side to wartime Pacific isles, from prairie farmstead to Pentagon and from state police radio operator to longtime DX editor at QST.
Within these pages you will find wit and humor, drama and pathos, character studies, razor-sharp reminiscence of amateur radio’s “golden age” and some novel antenna designs
With that, we introduce Rod Newkirk and his inimitable writing style to yet another generation of amateur radio operators. For more venerable hams, here is a new collection of Rod’s stories to enjoy, remember and treasure.< Less
Aaron's Rod is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, started in 1917 and published in 1922. The protagonist of this picaresque novel, Aaron Sisson, is a union official in the coal mines of the English Midlands,... More > trapped in a stale marriage. He is also an amateur, but talented, flautist. At the start of the story he walks out on his wife and two children and decides on impulse to visit Italy. His dream is to become recognised as a professional musician. During his travels he encounters and befriends Rawdon Lilly, a Lawrence-like writer who nurses Aaron back to health when he is taken ill in post-war London. Having recovered his health, Aaron arrives in Florence. Here he moves in intellectual and artistic circles, argues about politics, leadership and submission, and has an affair with an aristocratic lady. The novel ends with an anarchist or fascist explosion that destroys Aaron’s instrument. Many incidents in the novel have direct parallels with events in Lawrence's own life.< Less
Published in 1922, Aaron’s Rod moves away from the more personal aspects of its immediate predecessors, to deal with issues such as leadership, politics and the nature of submission. The plot... More > follows Aaron Sisson as he leaves his wife and family, his occupation and his social milieu, to travel and follow his dream, which is to become a professional flautist.
While the title refers to Aaron’s flute, there are, of course, other possibilities. Lawrence at least chooses to settle on the religious and the novel is littered with biblical references, but by the close, it is not religion per se, that serves to interfere with Aaron’s fate but something more political and in all respects prescient to what will arise after Lawrence’s death.< Less