My Travel To Cuba

Sitting into the passenger’s seat of his old VW Beetle, I instinctively slammed the heavy, squeaky door to ensure it shut all the way. Reaching my left hand over my right shoulder for the seat belt, I felt nothing–then looked back to see nothing. I heard a chuckle. I looked to my left and my…
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On Tuesday I Delivered $572.85 To Arkansas Bill

As mentioned last week, we reached our goal to donate $500 to Bill “Arkansas Redneck” Jones. So, to follow through on my word, I set out last Sunday on the 2,000+ mile round trip to visit Bill. By Tuesday morning, I was riding out to Bill’s home with his boy Lance, 33. Upon arrival, I…
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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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TRIPS ARE The TRAILERS For The MOVIE THAT IS OUR LIFE: MY RETURN HOME

My interviews from the Pacific Northwest were complete. I was heading home. Driving the hundreds of hundreds of miles back through Montana and North Dakota, I found myself eager to return. This is a reasonable sentiment. Anticipation of lands unknown had since evaporated. I had already traveled these very highways on my way out west.…
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Presentation In Minneapolis, Next Up: Bemidji And Duluth

For those in the Twin Cities, this is a look back at my kick-off event and a thank you for your attendance. For those in other communities of the upper Midwest, this is a look ahead to presentations in your cities. *** On the evening of Tuesday the 19th, I held the opening event of the…
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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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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:

Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: SEATTLE

It’s a place whose name elicits an image and feel — but what are they exactly? Seattle is a tough city to summarize. The ocean, tech companies, coffee, hipsters, the the homeless: there’s an energy here all its own. The following sites and Seattleites composed my first exposure to this American metropolis–burgeoning with slices of Americana. *** SEATTLE First…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: A MARIJUANA STORE And FARM

That which is taboo (and even illegal) in one place can be ordinary in another. This can cause us to pause—especially when such a contrast is apparent within two places in the same country. In the case of what I saw in Oregon, it can cause us to question the merit of law and policy…
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