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My Canada Story

I was born and raised in California, and have never been to Mexico. I have lived inĀ  Minnesota for a total of 12 years now, and just last week finally made it to Canada. Less cheap fireworks, more moose. Months … Continue reading

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Sleep-deprived in Seattle

Perspective. The final frontier. No matter how many mind tricks I play on myself (realizing that I count too much coffee and trying to meditate on my couch as mind tricks) there is no substitute for perspective in my personal … Continue reading

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No, seriously, a river literally runs through it.

It’s finally the time of year- for Minnesota anyway – to get outdoors with a markedly lower risk of frostbite. I’ve repressed my California childhood memories of camping in the mountains in March with a tent and a light jacket … Continue reading

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I no longer weigh 100 pounds more than I did in high school

O Machine, ye Machine of American consumption. Don’t worry, this isn’t a political post. Just a nod to the effects of latent Americana. Based almost solely on information garnered from watching “American Pickers,” Americana must mean farm houses, gas station … Continue reading

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New Year blog. Somebody has to do it.

2012 has taken things away from me with the shrouded promise of giving them back, changed. I’ve gotten to do many things this year. I went pig hunting in the coastal range of Northern California, in which I unknowingly jumped … Continue reading

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What I know about death

  Six weeks ago, my brother died. For the last 3 years I’ve spent time with him in his steady decline due to ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) for which there is absolutely, definitively no cure, or treatment. Yes, I’m sad. … Continue reading

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The Blood Stays on the Blade

“The blood stays on the blade.” – Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson), “Gangs of New York” When I was in the summer before 3rd grade, we moved from an 80 acre sheep farm in southern Iowa to what became my true … Continue reading

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Slow Survival

I never call them diets, because, by definition, the word means “habitual” – whereas I am habitually erratic in what I consume. I don’t pretend to stick to eating plans, and there’s a certain amount of that mental band-aid that … Continue reading

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What is it that you want?

Fame? Come on. You pay a price you can’t afford. Fortune? What will you do with it? What is fortune? You probably already have it. To know thyself. At the end of the day, what do you want more than … Continue reading

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I hope this isn’t my half-life

I don’t really take New Year resolutions seriously. I don’t really make them. Egg nog, post-holiday sluggishness, the doldrums of breaking down the decorations and torching the tree–it doesn’t make me too excited. My life is not a calendar. But … Continue reading

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