Baby, You Can Drive My Car

  Probably you’ve heard as many stories as I have about people hitchhiking across the country, or backpacking through Europe, when they were “young.” I didn’t do that. It isn’t that the idea wasn’t enchanting to me, it was. But...

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Seeking Empty Places

Years ago, I walked into a newly constructed art studio and had a religious experience. The daylight through the windows was making shine shapes on the grey-painted wood floor; the ceiling so far above my reach I’d be afraid to...

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Graveyards for Monarchs

This op-ed ran in the Des Moines Register on 5/24/13. Since then, monarch numbers have declined further. Please consider planting milkweed, or contributing toward it being planted by someone else if you are unable. Below, a link to a good site...

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Nothing More Than I Can Carry

  Yesterday I boarded a plane in Melbourne, Florida, after a stay of nearly six weeks. I was trading temperatures in the 70s for temperatures around zero, give or take. Because I was traveling with two hoops that wouldn’t fold...

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Revelations from the Road, Part Three

It seems time to make another list. For the earlier versions go here and here. Some people have had questions about the logistics and financial aspects of my current lifestyle. I will try to answer some of them, and give...

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Abby Life

Last night, again, I was asked “Where are you going next?” This time it was Jim, a sailor I had just met who was treating me and his girlfriend to Thai food in downtown St. Petersburg. Just last week another...

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Practicing Love

“What are your values, and what is on your bucket list?” The woman sitting across from me at the coffee house pays attention as I begin to answer. I met her in the swimming pool and since then we’ve been...

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Goodbye, Old Paint

Just over a year ago, I moved out of my residence in Lincoln and out into the world. I’ve been a lot of places since then. Primarily, I’ve traveled (and carried my things) in my vehicle, which was at times...

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Revolution

The washer and dryer went to a family that needed them. The leaky rowboat went to my sister-in-law. The coffee pot and colander went to my nephew’s wife. Two carloads, mostly kitchen supplies, went to my youngest daughter. Two pick-up...

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Losing Everything

A few years ago, I had a time when I thought I might lose everything, including my means of supporting myself. (Now I can say my life wouldn’t have been complete without that experience, so if it happens to you,...

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