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Getting There

Hiking is not a metaphor for life. If it were, only death would be waiting there at the top of the mountain. Hiking, though, is a metaphor. No, not for “the journey” (sooooo eighties). I hope we’ve all come to the realization that the goal is definitely more important than the journey. You can wander […]

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Don’t Smell Me Wrong

Name two things that should never have contact with each other, besides Keanu Reeves and the screen. If you chose sweaty feet and carpet, you win today’s prize (to be announced). Join me on a journey down your olfactory passages. I’d like to take you to Istanbul, the home of great food, breath-taking scenery, wonderful […]

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Teşekkürler is a Word that Comes to Mind

I was apprehensive when my traveling partner, Sven the Swedish Monk-slash-plumber-slash-baboon trainer, suggested we enjoy a long weekend in Istanbul with his mother. We’d been to Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, and I’d never really enjoyed how tourists are treated in these countries. In the end, however, I gave in. He was paying. He’d had a […]

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Infomercial Time Again. Woot.

All last week I was visualizing my victory in The Smoking Poet’s Third Annual Short Story Contest, but all my imagination could muster was a self-deprecating “I’m number two! I’m number two!” I love to make fun of myself, as I’m sure you’ve noticed . . . a few times. (The art over there is […]

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Two Types of People in this World

A very Wise SkyAnother installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, we’ve all heard it. There are two types of people in the world: those who believe there are two types of people in the world and those who don’t. It’s so true. But seriously, there are indeed two types of people […]

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