Open letter to LaPierre//The grandfather I never knew.

You should know that I started this blog to detail my adventures.  But, I am finding more increasingly, that my adventures often entail emotional experience, rather than "real life."  This blog wasn't started to combat, or to argue.  It was started to inspire.  To better us (and, realistically, to better myself, as writing often does). …

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Anything will do.

The sign above the restaurant says Cafe.  Tucked between the frosted mountains, it sits snugly in the valley between a post office, straight from the turn of the century, and a novelty boutique shop full of overpriced nick knacks, custom license plates that never have my name, and bumper stickers with cheesy slogans that begin …

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Starry, Starry Night

I love the stars that blanket the sky.  Their shimmering surfaces, shrouded in winking flames.  Perhaps I love them for the secrets they hold.  Born from nebulae, living for millions of years before exploding into a supernova, what a glorious name for death.  We become spirits that roam the earth, but they shimmer with the …

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Amusement for the Soul

There's a strange movement to mountain towns.  Like everything in them is made of thick molasses, trickling slowly in summer, frozen into a solid mass of Amber come first frost. People mull about, scattered loosely along the boarded up lakeside docks, bundled up and smoking cigarettes, the thick smoke mingling with foggy breath.  Twinkling lights …

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In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

The Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Léon never found the Fountain of Youth, but he left one thing in his wake: a little town in Missouri that bears his namesake, about 30 miles south of Springfield.  Located on the banks of a tribute that feeds the James River, the town is lush in greenery, and poor …

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