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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People Of The Pacific Northwest: PORTLAND

I had arrived. After two full days of driving, sightseeing, and people-meeting, I parked at my buddy Jay’s house in eastern Portland the night of July 3. He and his wife and daughter opened their home to me in this quiet, residential neighborhood–the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the eccentricity of this city.…
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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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People Of The Pacific Northwest: My New Travel Project Beginning Next Weekend

A marijuana farmer, a commune of families, a rancher, a baker: These are just some of the interactions on the docket for my upcoming journey. Yet if this summer’s American exploration is anything like mine last summer, then the ones not scheduled will be just as noteworthy. Many unknowns lie ahead as I embark next weekend…
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Larry And Will Go To New Zealand! Part 2 Of 2

Last week Will and Larry arrived to New Zealand for a three-and-a-half journey across this land of geological splendor.  In part one of this series, we tagged along as they toured North Island: visiting Auckland (New Zealand’s largest city), Wellington (its capital), and eyeing the stunning green valleys, beaches, and steaming ponds. Today we hop a ferry to…
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Larry And Will Go To New Zealand!

Our old friends Larry and Will–the West Virginian Mountain Men–are back on the road in this week’s article. The first time we followed this traveling tandem, they took us to a rarely-visited destination: Antarctica. This time, they head south once more–as well as across hemispheres–to the equally intriguing New Zealand.  Today they reveal their discoveries from…
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Motherhood Around The World: Photos From My Travels And Sent In From Readers

Motherhood is as ubiquitous to human life as is its meaning and impact impossible to overstate. Perhaps this is why it’s as easy to take our mothers and motherhood for granted as it is to express endlessly to them and upon it. On this Mother’s Day 2017, let’s let some pictures of motherhood worldwide do…
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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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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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