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O weary world

  I was walking recently in a valley near campground I’m staying at. This valley is steep and rocky with houses, property lines, fences, and boundaries meandering helter-skelter over the hills. The value of these homesteads, I’m sure, is measured in many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Almost every driveway is gated. A sign on one reads: […]

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My Illegal Scorpion

  For hundreds of miles the Rio Grande defines that tense border between Mexico and the U.S. At Big Bend, that stretch of harsh desert region, however, the two neighbors historically have had to rely on each other to survive. The border in Big  Bend has often been a permeable boundary—easily and casually crossed to the benefit of both sides. […]

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