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Doorway

If you walk down the quiet dusty narrow street you will find her house. The way is shadowed by grey painted brick walls like bookends that press back the light of the sky and underfoot it is uneven and crumbling.  … Continue reading

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Yellow is the New Black

I was thirty six when I bought my first car. It was a bright yellow Audi S4 station wagon.  I chose the color because I didn’t want a grey or black car like everyone else had, and red seemed as … Continue reading

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Golden

The Brahmaputra River is like a liquid opal winding its way through the faded sand colored landscape. It is the artery of life in this part of the world. To get to the Samye Monastery one must cross it on … Continue reading

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Finding my Outside Edge

I am a hockey player! When I say that out loud, it makes me feel significant. I’m not a professional or semi professional player. I didn’t play hockey in college or even in high school. In fact I learned to … Continue reading

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Eight Forty-Eight – For the Love of Hockey

Posted on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, on February 22, 2010.  Last night USA’s hockey team posted a huge five-to-three win against the Canadians in Vancouver. Back home in Chicago, local writer and hockey player Nan Doyal also won a big battle … Continue reading

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A Barefoot Profile: Bambi Freeman

“A meat chicken has a short life,” said Bambi Freeman. “It only lives about six weeks before it gets too fat and falls over.” The chickens in the large pens were busy devouring the bugs and grubs that hid in … Continue reading

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Journal Entry: May 18, 2009 – Buriram Province, Thailand

A Day with Mechai Viravaidya, at the Opening of the Lamplaimat Pattana Middle School   It was well over 100 degrees in the shade and the sun was brutally beating up my white skin. But Mechai Viravaidya looked as cool … Continue reading

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