Category Archives: North America

Papers Please

When I broke the news to my family and friends that I’d be driving across the US, some suggested routes, others shared their own stories about crossing, and still others encouraged me to visit them as I drove through. My … Continue reading

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The Journey of the Dead Man

“I 40 closed ahead. Seek local accommodations”. This is not what you want to read on the interstate freeway sign. Nope. Especially not when you had planned to put in another hundred miles yet. Maybe it was a misprint? Surely … Continue reading

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It Might be Love

I am having an affair. It’s serious, I am head over heels and it’s got real potential. I think I’m in love with the National Park Service. Had you going there, didn’t I? But really, I feel so uplifted – … Continue reading

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A Pirate Took my Bicycle, and other Scavenging Stories from The Move

I am moving to Maryland. Yup, all the way across the country! I got a new job. I am very excited about this: it’s in my original field of study (astrophysics and applied math) and it’s a chance to contribute … Continue reading

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Never Smile at a Crocodile

I had a neighbor once who spent his teenage years dealing cocaine and watching a man shot dead in the Everglades. After the shooting, he made a break for it, running for his life, and spent a few years namelessly … Continue reading

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Magic City

Sometimes you need to start over. For me, anyway, this is that time. On New Year’s Eve, the last day of a terribly challenging year, I put myself on a red-eye flight out of California due to land at dawn … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo

On hearing that expression, a lot of non-Texans think, “Huh? Why?” Not having had that much education in history, I wondered the same. I mean, I knew there was one hell of a fight in Texas somewhere along in their … Continue reading

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