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Tedium – Waiting for The Cat in the Hat to Show Up

Tedium – Waiting for The Cat in the Hat to Show Up

When the bottom of bottles clink in the trash, the dirt on the bottom of your shoes refuses to fall off, and your head wakes up every day with throbbing pain, you know you’ve lost your innocence. But was it there in the first place? Is losing innocence a rite of...

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The Joy of Being a Surfer — One Morning on the Big Island

The Joy of Being a Surfer — One Morning on the Big Island

Nothing compares to riding a wave. One of the greatest joys in my life has been surfing. It’s the most difficult and rewarding thing I ever learned to do. I learned to surf late in life at the age of 25. Because I was living in San Francisco, I taught myself to surf...

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Fart Blossom! School Bus Rides of Arctic Dread

Fart Blossom! School Bus Rides of Arctic Dread

The end of the quarter-mile driveway from our farmhouse in the winter was the most desolate place on earth, and I stood there every weekday waiting for the school bus. A little boy in my blue snowmobile suit listening to the wind blow hard against the telephone wires....

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We Thrived in Ruins and Looked for Mermaids on the Aegean Sea

We Thrived in Ruins and Looked for Mermaids on the Aegean Sea

When I was 23, I spent two months traveling throughout Turkey. I was called Indiana Jones during a party of belly dancers on the Black Sea and nearly died of food poisoning on the Syrian border. I was shown secret underground caves in Cappadocia for a bottle of raki...

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The Day I Killed 69 Chickens in Alaska

The Day I Killed 69 Chickens in Alaska

The day I killed and skinned 69 chickens in a ship's graveyard on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is why I stopped eating birds when I was 18. It was late May and my friend Jeff and I flew from Seattle to Anchorage to “go fishin’”. Jeff was a very smart, 19-year-old poet and...

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