The Concept Of Money: Unfamiliar, Yet Necessary

Money. It’s been said by many smart people over many years that we ought to teach financial literacy to schoolchildren. As it stands, most all Americans–despite their income–live paycheck to paycheck and spend what they have (or even what they don’t) on liabilities instead of assets. Recently I wrote about how experiencing the outdoors hearkens…
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Fund Drive For Tanzania School — Culminating On The 50th Floor

Remember 2014?  That was the year Russia annexed Crimea, the year of the Ebola outbreak, the year Germany won the World Cup, and the year I spent at the small village school in central Tanzania. Three years after I brought computers to Magulilwa, the secondary school continues to thrive as an educational beacon in this…
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Video: Spring Walleyes In A Creek In Northern Minnesota

The moist, form-fitting earth around footsteps in the forest, the budding green grass below and buds above, and the trickle of now-melted streams bringing nourishment to the land… Particularly for a city-dweller like myself, immersion into nature awakens a piece of me. And naturally, no time of year is as enlivening as the springtime. This…
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Amy Helps A Boy With HIV Who Needs To Be Rushed To The Hospital

This Easter weekend, we introduce traveler, volunteer, and heartfelt thinker Amy Petersen. Having spent time in some of the toughest environments on the globe–Uganda, Syria–Amy ventures to where people need her most.  A few years ago, Amy moved to Kazo outside the Ugandan capital Kampala and worked with UYWEFA, a nonprofit supporting HIV/AIDS-effected individuals in this East…
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Humility, Openness, And The Path To Growth: What I Learned From My Work Performance Review

Last Wednesday I walked into the CEO’s office at the school I work for. This day had been on my calendar for sometime. In the weeks leading up to it, my supervisor asked me to prepare by openly and honestly answering a packet of questions. The questions had to do with my work. This was…
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Minnesota Man Shoots Caribou…Grizzly Takes It: New Video Story

Back in ’01 (2001, that is), old outdoorsman Richard Ferdig finally got his chance to bag a caribou in Alaska. Just one hour into his first day out, he downed a small bull. Success. But on his way back to camp to get the sled to haul his kill, he and hunting partner Roy saw a…
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My Youtube Channel Is Going Bananas: The Top 3 Videos

Turns out people dig the open, honest interview with a real person. My trip last summer through the Southern U.S. offered no shortage of such people. And whenever I could, I turned on my camera and got to know them: a self-proclaimed redneck, a woman who grew up poor and black in Chattanooga, a woman stung…
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Boyang Captures China

Boyang’s back.  We introduced him here on The Periphery over the winter. On those occasions, we got to see through Boyang’s lens the Asian islands Japan and Taiwan.  This time, we tour the mainland of Asia’s defining country: China. The following are Boyang’s photos and observations from various regions and settings in China in 2015.  *** The first things that…
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A Pristine Cabin In The Hills Of West Virginia–And How You Can Stay There For Free

On my Summer 2016 Southern and Appalachia road trip, I used the travel community, Couchsurfing, to arrange several stops along the way. No place was as impressive as Larry and Will’s in the hills of West Virginia. Three weeks ago, I shared their story. Today’s video is about their peaceful, hilltop, rural escape featuring a pristine cabin…
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Larry And Will Go To Antarctica, Part 2

Most of us will never go to Antarctica. Fear not. West Virginians Larry and Will did. And yes, they brought a camera. This is the second in a two-part series about an adventure south. Way south. Last week we island hopped from the southern tip of South America to the Falkland Islands. Today we get one more…
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