People Of The Pacific Northwest: My New Travel Project Beginning Next Weekend

A marijuana farmer, a commune of families, a rancher, a baker: These are just some of the interactions on the docket for my upcoming journey. Yet if this summer’s American exploration is anything like mine last summer, then the ones not scheduled will be just as noteworthy. Many unknowns lie ahead as I embark next weekend…
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Change And Endings: Truths Of Life We Struggle To Face

“I don’t know if God plays favorites. But if he does, Dorothy would be at the top of his list.” The priest said these words Friday morning to funeral attendees filling the first several pews in the massive, decorative cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dorothy had passed at the age of 76. I knew her son…
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Visit With My 103-Year-Old Great Great Aunt Olive (And Fatherhood Photos)

Today we revisit a favorite topic on The Periphery: engaging with the elders of our lives. At 36, I’m blessed to have three living grandparents, who I’ve written about before and whose relationships offer life-changing lessons. I’ve also shared about my oldest living relative, my great great aunt Olive. Last weekend the sister of my…
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Facing Minneapolis’s Biggest Problem: Faces Of 2016’s Inner-City Homicide Victims

Shortly after ringing in 2016 at a New Year’s Eve house party, 20-year-old James Bills noticed something outside he didn’t like. “There was a young lady that was getting beat up…” said James’s uncle, Will Finley. “James came out and interrupted it.” For doing so, the guy attacking the woman pulled out his gun and shot…
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A World Of Photography: The Best Of Boyang

Here on The Periphery we’ve enjoyed featuring the work of Boyang Tang. The former business professional-turned-globe-trotting-photographer has thus far shared with us his stories and captures from Japan, Taiwan, and China.  But Boyang has captured the essence of life from all continents and corners of the world. And this week we show–without caption–his all-time favorite picks from…
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Larry And Will Go To New Zealand! Part 2 Of 2

Last week Will and Larry arrived to New Zealand for a three-and-a-half journey across this land of geological splendor.  In part one of this series, we tagged along as they toured North Island: visiting Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city), Wellington (its capital), and eyeing the stunning green valleys, beaches, and steaming ponds. Today we hop a ferry to…
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Larry And Will Go To New Zealand!

Our old friends Larry and Will–the West Virginian Mountain Men–are back on the road in this week’s article. The first time we followed this traveling tandem, they took us to a rarely-visited destination: Antarctica. This time, they head south once more–as well as across hemispheres–to the equally intriguing New Zealand.  Today they reveal their discoveries from…
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Motherhood Around The World: Photos From My Travels And Sent In From Readers

Motherhood is as ubiquitous to human life as is its meaning and impact impossible to overstate. Perhaps this is why it’s as easy to take our mothers and motherhood for granted as it is to express endlessly to them and upon it. On this Mother’s Day 2017, let’s let some pictures of motherhood worldwide do…
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Characters On Parade At The Minneapolis May Day Festival

The annual May Day Festival is a mix of hippie, pagan, bohemian, eclectic, and other alternative arts and fashions rolled into one. It’s not my scene–but that’s not relevant when admiring the expression and variety of humanity on display last Sunday. Here were just a few of the shots I grabbed at this year’s event. ***…
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Interview With A Mother And Fiance Of A 2016 Innercity Homicide Victim

Andre Riley Jr. was shot and killed at a late-night block party July 3, 2016. The shooters thought he was somebody else. The shooters have never been caught. On April 17 of this year, Andre’s mother and former fiance shared about the man who died, the events of that night, and the struggles of inner-city black…
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