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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It Begins… Video #1 Of Voices Of The Pacific Northwest

Today I release the introduction to my series of conversations from the Pacific Northwest. I’ll start posting these videos to my YouTube channel this weekend. For now, enjoy this trailer:

People Of The Pacific Northwest 1: People & Places From Bemidji To Portland

Two full days of driving preceded my arrival to the Pacific Northwest, the region whose lives I am exploring this summer. But though these days were mostly in the car, I captured amazing scenes and enjoyed several interactions with the people along the way. Today I combine these encounters and captures from the Upper Midwest to the…
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Southern Experience #6: Sights Along The Side Roads From Arkansas To Memphis

While engaging in conversations with the locals highlighted my Southern road trip, in between were the jaunts–the cruises from point A to B (or B to C to D to…). Gliding by the ever-changing terrain, you gain a shallow, though broad, experience of this region–the homes, the signs, the traffic, the lakes, the fields. It’s…
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Southern Road Trip Part 1: Characters, Stereotypes, And A Wedding In Tulsa

Stereotypes.  This is a concept we’re all familiar with. Yet like other important ideas, it deserves re-evaluation from time to time. Take this road trip I’m currently enjoying–the Southern Experience Tour–a drive down to and through the South and Appalachian regions of our country. Immediately after leaving the borders of my own state, before even getting…
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My Tour Of The Southern U.S. Begins Friday

It’s happening, ya’ll. On Friday I leave for a two-week road trip through the American South and Appalachia. I already know what you’re asking, and the answers are: because I’ve never been to these places and the culture is unique to my own. Thus, I’ve got a lot to learn about the people and life…
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Yangshuo: Grateful For Rain

Yes, that’s right. I was grateful for the “bad” weather during my time here. Crazy, huh? Well, normally I’d wish for blue skies just like the next fella, but something about this place made the rain feel appropriate. In fact, sunny weather would’ve been a bit lacking. I awoke my second morning in Yangshuo and…
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