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No Matter Where You Go, There You Are*

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are*

  * In the immortal words of Buckaroo Banzai. It wasn’t until my dad’s death in 2006 that I truly understood what that phrase meant. Seems I had the emphasis on the wrong word for years. I’d been saying, “No matter where you go, there you are.” and kind of interpreted it as some kind of zen travel directive. But it’s supposed to be, “No matter where you go, there you are.” The You is inextricably tied to you. In…

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On loneliness, being alone, and community

On loneliness, being alone, and community

(ice storm. Jan 2017. Carbondale, Illinois) A dear friend of mine in Carbondale who works in hospice and I were talking about the nature of loneliness. I find it somewhat ironic that I have felt far less lonely since I took off on this road trip alone than my last two years in Arizona. She talked about the loneliness of dying people and how nothing external seems to help someone who has that particular heartache. She told me about a…

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it’s all part of the adventure

it’s all part of the adventure

Well, so far I have done one night of campering since I left on Monday. Granted, it’s only Wednesday, but I’m holed up at a friends house in Tucson with a tooth issue. It’s too bad this didn’t happen two and a half weeks ago while I still had insurance, but it’s great that this happened now instead of in a week when I’d be middle of nowhere southern New Mexico! I loaded pics from my phone, but have yet…

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Oct 19: Valley of the Gods

Oct 19: Valley of the Gods

At the Goblin Valley group campsite, a couple of tent campers showed up, and three RVs. Everyone was great. We all had similar experiences with a cranky Ranger at the gate, and were happy to be parked. Goblin Valley isĀ great! You can drive up to a lookout point, and then clamber down in amongst the goblins! Argos and I took a walk down there, and I carried Pugsly down for a brief photo shoot. She’s a pin-up model! On my…

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