Category Archives: Out West

Hugging Saguaros

I love being in Tucson, where the saguaros welcome us on the edge of Gates Pass. The mornings have been chilly. But by noon the sun shines down on the back patio. A trickling waterfall soothes me with one of … Continue reading

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Every Picture — and Road Trip — Tells a Story

Heading out of Minnesota Wednesday morning reminded me of the precarious black ice that threatened new young drivers on their way to and from Mt. Desert Island High School. “Watch out for black ice” was my constant winter warning. Yesterday … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime, Part 2

Where we stayed on our trip to Olympic National Park took us from Forks, Washington to Port Angeles, Washington in one week. In Forks, our tiny house on wheels was strange: no tissues; no indoor rugs; no place to put … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime, Part 1

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than s/he seeks.” John Muir So it is in nature, and sometimes in everyday life. So it was with our week in Olympic National Park. Not all of the week. What … Continue reading

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Getting ready to vote in Minneapolis…

When I was a teenager I read Photoplay magazine religiously. I didn’t want to be a celebrity but I was interested in how the rich and famous lived their lives. I cared more about being smart than popular or pretty. I … Continue reading

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Day 2: Almost in Oklahoma

Today was a good day. Yesterday was a sad one, my first day driving from Tucson to Minneapolis. Until I arrived at Mark and Marla’s hacienda in Albuquerque. She and Mark are the best of people (I stole that from … Continue reading

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Leaving Tucson

On September 25, 2002 — my daughter’s 25th birthday — I drove into Tucson. A vivid Southwestern salmony, purply sunset accompanied my arrival. It was gorgeous. It still is. I didn’t know what my life would be like, but I … Continue reading

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“We ain’t goin’ nowhere…”

For the last two weeks an empty carton waits on the floor by my office closet, ready for me to fill it with stuff I no longer need. But closet cleaning isn’t high on my agenda these days. During these … Continue reading

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When I woke up this morning…

It was an ordinary Tuesday. Nothing unusual happened walking to Starbucks for coffee with friends. We discussed the day’s big event, a scheduled oil change for my aging Toyota, to be followed by breakfast at Baja Cafe. Back home after … Continue reading

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One Man’s Quest to Save Us from Gloom

Jogging up Sabino Canyon a middle-aged African-American man wearing an MLK T-shirt calls out to me, “Hey kiddo, nice to see you today!” “How are you doing?” I ask. “Outstanding! Have I told you this one: Why did the raisin … Continue reading

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