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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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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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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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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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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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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Conversation With A Portland Pot User

Okay, here we go: My first interview from the Pacific Northwest. This summer I traveled this region to talk to people about their lives, about life in this part of the country, and about their outlooks on the world. My first conversation with a Pacific Northwesterner occurred just outside a marijuana store in Portland. It’s just like a liquor…
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