*New Video* A Conversation With A Student At A Liberal College

Picking things back up in the Pacific Northwest, I have for you today Video #8: A Conversation With a Student at a Liberal College. For this one, I visit the (in)famously progressive Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. There I encounter student Jalissa, who opens up about the recent protests & threats that wracked her campus,…
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*New Video* The “Arkansas Redneck” Reacts To Me Giving Him $570

As I shared last week, my trip to Arkansas earlier this month was a success. There, I surprised Bill Jones with $570 cash raised from viewers who wanted to give this man–who starred in my most-popular YouTube video–some Christmas cheer. We succeeded in doing so. And while at it, I followed up with Bill about…
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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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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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