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Good Medicine: A Spiritual Journey Through Monument Valley

April 18, 2014

As a child he witnessed magic.  Among the spires of orange and russet rock, in the shadows of parapets ribboned with plum colored bands left by long receded seas, he watched as the Hopi medicine man placed the tip of an eagle feather against his mother’s neck and sang. His mother had insisted on the […]

Bad Blood: Tracing the Family Blood Lines Through the Hatfields & McCoys

November 29, 2013

I suspect my daughter is a hillbilly.  That is, I think she may have hillbilly blood running in her veins.  How much hillbilly blood, you might ask? Well, check this out.  Her mother’s name is Marie Hatfield.  Her grandfather’s name is Clarence.  His father’s name was Floyd, and he was the son of a man […]

Down and Dirty Fun: Mud Bogging at Carolina Adventure World

November 15, 2013

I like to watch the Amazing Race.  It’s one of my favorite shows.  With each new episode the show’s producers must find interesting and compelling new challenges for the race’s contestants, tests of grit and fortitude that have included everything from diving off a 30-foot platform into frigid water to eating a live octopus. I […]

Maniacs Run Amok: Touring the Mass Shooting Sites of Denver, CO

July 12, 2013

On April 20th, 1999 two students entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and started shooting.  One of the students, 18-year-old Eric Harris, had a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and a 9mm carbine with thirteen 10-round magazines.  The other student, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, had a 9mm handgun with one 52-, one 32-, and one 28-round magazine, […]

Surrendering to the Void: Stargazing at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona

March 22, 2013

Here’s what I learned from the media on February 18th:  Justin Bieber is acting strangely.  He wore a gas mask in public for no apparent reason and stormed out of his own birthday party. Here’s what I learned at Kitt Peak Observatory on Saturday: Early in the afternoon of Friday, Feb 15th an asteroid measuring […]

The Patients of Saints: Visiting The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

November 30, 2012

It started with a disaster. When the tornado struck, devastating the town of Rochester, wiping out a third of the town, killing 37 and leaving hundreds injured, a temporary hospital was erected and the hard-pressed medical community went to work treating the wounded.  It was hard work made more difficult by the lack of access […]

The Creepiest Town in America: Danvers, MA

October 5, 2012

Sometime around 10:30am on the morning of Saturday, November 12th, 2011, a 24-year-old Danvers, Massachusetts man knocked on his neighbor’s door.  When the neighbor opened the door, the man took the cat he was carrying under his arm and tossed it into the neighbor’s house. Startled, the neighbor asked him why he was doing that.  […]

Naked Curiosity: Visiting a Nudist Colony in the Poconos

September 7, 2012

When I was a boy of about eight I had a sexual awakening.  A friend and I were wandering along a rural road, as little boys were permitted to do in those days, kicking cans, throwing stones and inspecting the debris along the shoulder, when we came upon a pile of discarded magazines.  It was […]

Facing up to White Nose: Exploring a Cave in Stanton, MO

June 29, 2012

Caves are cool.  Slipping out of a hot, muggy day into the cool environs of a cave is the pre-modern equivalent of air conditioning.  What’s more, caves are a world unto themselves, unique ecosystems akin to tropical reefs or desert floors.  So it’s no wonder human beings have always been fascinated by caves.  But cave […]

Single Gun Theory: Visiting the Kennedy Assassination Site

June 1, 2012

In the parking lot of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, freelance tour guides wrangle tourists onto the grassy knoll and make wild claims about the Kennedy assassination.  “51 people saw two gunmen shoot the president from this spot!” The obvious question.  “And none of them went to the police?” “Some […]