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Camino journal: two tales from the road

  Story #1: El carretera no es el Camino. No shit, Dude. I’d just staggered into the albergue in Tábara after almost 18 hellish miles (28 km) on a busy, shoulderless road. I had decided to cut one stage off the Camino by taking a direct, diagonal route to Tábara rather than taking the square […]

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An inauspicious start. Camino journal

Mid-March would be safe, I thought. After a mild, Michigan winter, mid-March would be almost spring. Surely I would have no problem taking a bus to Chicago and flying to Spain from there in the almost spring. Surely. So that is how I came to be standing at pole number 13 outside the Sear’s Auto […]

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The Women’s March: global and historic. But only Day 1

“All the pussies are on the bus. Let’s go,” said Margaret, our supremely patient and cheerful bus captain. And so all the pussies went to Washington. Ten buses from Ann Arbor, Michigan, alone. Fifty-five women of all ages on board each of them. Rumor has it that every coach in Michigan was rented for the […]

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My next trip: the Women’s March on Washington

  Like a whole bunch of you, I headed out on November 8 to my tiny township hall to vote. The hall is tiny because my village in the northern Michigan forest is equally tiny. Wendy at the post office knows everyone by name. Ivan at the hardware store witched my well and drilled it […]

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Palenque: graceful jungle ruins

  “A qué hora es el próximo bus a Palenque?” This was my MO for getting from one place to another in Mexico (and in South America, for that matter): Arrive at the bus station and ask for the next bus to wherever I wanted to go. One was usually leaving in a few minutes. […]

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