*New Video* Interviewing Hippie Marijuana Farmers In Oregon

During my July journey to and through the Pacific Northwest, I drove to southern Oregon, where I spoke with Michael, Amber, Cody, and Mae. This hippie farming foursome talked about life on a marijuana farm, defending their crops with punches and a shotgun, how smoking weed keeps them healthy, about the area culture war (redneck…
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TRIPS ARE The TRAILERS For The MOVIE THAT IS OUR LIFE: MY RETURN HOME

My interviews from the Pacific Northwest were complete. I was heading home. Driving the hundreds of hundreds of miles back through Montana and North Dakota, I found myself eager to return. This is a reasonable sentiment. Anticipation of lands unknown had since evaporated. I had already traveled these very highways on my way out west.…
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Goodbye To My 103-Year-Old Great-Great-Aunt Olive

She was 103, but to me she was only about 5. Because 5 or 6 years ago, I got an email from a relative letting me know that my Great-Great-Aunt Olive had been enjoying my stories about China. “Great-Great-Aunt Olive?” I thought. “My Great-Grandpa Ferdig’s sister? No way.” Yes way. And she lived in the…
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Two Mustached Men On My Way Home To Bemidji: Voices Of The Pacific Northwest

Back in the USA. But I still had a long way to go.  Entering the US from Canada in eastern Washington, there remained three days of driving before returning to Bemidji. I wrote about the second night last week. This, the final post from this road trip, is about the two character encounters on nights…
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TRUMP, The NFL, And The ANGRY PUBLIC *New Video*

On Sunday it was the activity before kickoff that took center stage. In reaction to Trump’s comments about firing protesting NFL players, many players … protested. This ticked off a lot of fans. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this one situation. But if we scale back, we can see how situations like this…
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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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