Presentation In Minneapolis, Next Up: Bemidji And Duluth

For those in the Twin Cities, this is a look back at my kick-off event and a thank you for your attendance. For those in other communities of the upper Midwest, this is a look ahead to presentations in your cities. *** On the evening of Tuesday the 19th, I held the opening event of the…
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Readers’ Answers To The Question: Who Are Your Heroes?

he·ro ˈhirō/ noun 1. a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities To learn of another’s hero is to learn something intimate about that person. To learn of this new hero is a chance to be inspired. Who are the heroes held by The Periphery community? Dan M. offered: My parents and…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: A Sleepover With The Mennonites

The Mennonites are best described as being like Amish who use more technology. Women in long dresses and bonnets, men in slacks and suspenders–they have cars, digital cameras, and even computers. But they use such tools for their single person in life: to do God’s work. And to stay on task, they resist exposure to…
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QUESTION Of The WEEK: WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?

For my weekly letter–the Sunday Evening Post–I’m sharing people’s heroes. Because if you’ve found inspiration in these individuals, others may too. Plus, I like what having heroes says about humanity: how we are motivated by way of our connection to others. I dig into this idea below (taken from my letter to readers last week).…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VANCOUVER

Beach, palms, Caribbean? Nope. Vancouver, Canada. That’s right. I said palms in Canada. Storied Vancouver was the third of my three major city stops on my summer 2017 journey through the Pacific Northwest. Known for is diversity, positive spirit, and natural beauty, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia didn’t disappoint on any front.  Through its people,…
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*New Video* Conversation At A Marijuana Store: VPNW #4

“I just smoked 10 minutes ago.” In Clackamas, just outside Portland, Oregon, I entered Stoney Only marijuana dispensary. I expected them to resist being on camera, as had another pot store I visited. But after talking to a young man behind the counter, he immediately got the owner, who happily sat down with me. Owner…
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A Donald Trump Sweater And Today’s Parents Are Too Soft: VPNW #3

When arriving to Portland in July to interview its people, tragedy had recently struck. A month earlier, a man stabbed three other men on a commuter train, killing two of them. He did so, because these men got between him and two women he had been insulting for being Muslim. It made national news, and the…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VISITING A LIBERAL COLLEGE

When you think about regions of the US, you consider their weather, terrain, cities, and population. And somewhere in there, politics usually enters the picture. And when thinking of the Pacific Northwest, politics usually means liberal or Progressive or the “left” side of the ideological spectrum. This is especially so when considering an institution already…
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On Culture–And The Uniqueness Of American Culture

When I married my wife Heidi in 1970, her family had a Dutch background and celebrated St. Nicholas Day on December 6. We put our Dutch shoes out on December 5, and the next morning they were filled with fruit and candy and small gifts. I have continued that tradition for 47 years. -Gary ***…
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Conversation With A Hmong Portlander

This week is interview #2 from the Pacific Northwest. It came about because I recognized a foreign language being spoken without understanding a word… *** Overhearing an Asian family operating a floral booth at the Portland Farmer’s Market, I approached and asked, “Are you Hmong?” They affirmed. And they did so with surprise, because 1. I’m not Hmong,…
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