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America the Everything In-Between

Recent events in the US have made me reflective. I’m sure many of you have also been searching your souls for answers. I’m fairly sure I’m not going to be giving any in this post. I’m not even sure what I want to say yet. Thing is, I know people who own guns. I know […]

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My Year in Writing — 2012

Christopher Allen, good in hoodsTwenty Twelve has been an odd year for writing. Let me just say this right up front: Odd. Year. My physical worries got in the way, the applecart of my daily routine was upset by changes in my day job, and at least 10 other lame excuses prevented me from writing. […]

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100,000 Hits and Counting! Thank you!

_____________________________________________________________________________ A few years ago I started this blog for two reasons: 1) Mel Bosworth told me I had to and 2) my mother told me I had to. You might say I’m the kind of guy who does what he’s told. I was in a writers’ group with Mel when we all decided to […]

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I Will Always Love Dolly Parton

I have always loved Dolly Parton. I grew up with her voice and her songs, but also her wigs and her body. While I’m not the sort of person who becomes a fan, I do feel drawn to certain types of voices–and Parton’s is one of those unique voices that crushes me with its authenticity. […]

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Worst Tourists of 2012

Really?I do so love these “worst” lists: they’re so much funnier than “best” lists. It’s similar to being drawn to the villain in a story more so than the pretty heroine who does everything right and is never hit by a bullet. Sheesh. It goes without saying that the worst tourists are actually those who […]

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Fête des Lumières — Lyon

The streets of Lyon swarm with people inching . . . elbowing forward, some working against the flow, some in groups drinking vin chaudapparently oblivious to the fact that they are causing people jams everywhere. As we near the Place des Terreaux, the streetlights become darker and darker until we are lurching with the crowd […]

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How I Travel, Let Me Count the Ways

The Badlands (not Lyon)My partner is lounging on the sofa in the living room. Every two or three minutes he yells, “Come’ere! Chris!” He wants me to see pictures of Lyon and its Festival of Lights, which we will be seeing in the flesh–if cities have flesh, and I think they do–tonight at around 7pm. […]

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