I’m Heading Back To Arkansas…With $500 For Bill “Redneck” Jones

By far, my all-time, most-popular YouTube video is my interview with Bill Jones, the “Arkansas Redneck.” Something about him got people’s attention–usually for good reasons. Yeah, some people badmouthed him after watching the video:   hollywoodfastlife916  5 months ago This is just a poor, dirty man. That’s it.   But most appreciated his genuine nature, and some…
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*New Video* Life Story Of A Lovesick Homeless Seattle Man

A man marred by heartache, yet he exudes personality and a love of life. I met Reginald in downtown Seattle, and the homeless cat-caller opened up about his two ex-wives, his philosophy on love, and his hope to work with troubled youth. Warning: this interview features adult topics and language. Enjoy Interview #7 from my…
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After Several Years, All Five Of My Siblings United For Thanksgiving

As a boy, the holiday family gathering routine was simple and consistent: There was one feast for my mother’s side and one for my father’s side. And all three of my brothers and one sister would enjoy the two occasions with both sets of cousins. Despite a couple of my parents’ siblings usually being absent…
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To Cuba This Winter!

Over the years, I haven’t just chosen my travels. They’ve also chosen me. My upcoming trip this winter is no exception. It was an ordinary day for me the middle of last week, working on who-knows-what from my work desk, when a message from a friend popped up on my computer screen. Hanna was reaching…
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Little Changes, Big Results

Why is it humans don’t always do the things they know would benefit them? Things like waking up (or going to sleep) a few minutes earlier to avoid rushing to start your day, reading that book that’s been sitting on your table, calling that now-distant relative or friend, going to the gym, watching less TV,…
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Twin Cities Readers And Writers: Two Author Fairs Coming Up

Whether interested in meeting local authors or attending writing workshops, you may want to add two upcoming author fairs to your calendar.  Saturday, November 18: The Dakota County Local Author Fair Put on by the Dakota County library of Apple Valley and The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis, the afternoon will feature 30 authors (including myself), writing workshops,…
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One Year Later: 19 Americans React To The Election Of Donald Trump *New Video*

One year ago, America elected a man many believed had no chance (nor place) in politics. Today, we look back at that night that changed America through the eyes of some Mennonites, a college student, a Millennial husband & wife, two Native Americans, a Hmong flower salesgirl, and a handful of others. These 19 Americans share…
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*New Video* Two Farming Couples Share About Life On The Oregon Coast

Interview #6 from my Pacific Northwest series features two couples (one native to the region and one from the Midwest), who talked to me about life in these parts. Community-oriented, socially-conscious, and outdoorsy: they share their stories and offer a new angle on agriculture. Enjoy! Stay tuned on this website for video #6 from the…
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*New Video* The Divided State Of America: As Seen Through The Reaction To Charlottesville

Does it ever feel like others respond to the events of the country as if you and they aren’t even seeing the same thing? The chaotic, violent weekend at Charlottesville comes to mind. But while differing interpretations of events is nothing new (even beneficial so that we can gain a more complete perspective), it seems…
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*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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