Creature of light

  “God put it on my heart to do this when I was sixteen. Jesus spoke to me three times one morning. It was like a voice I heard with my ears. He called me by my name and said, ‘Seek me and you will find me.’ ” Ordinarily, when a conversation takes this turn, […]

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Infamous day

  Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, “a day that will live in infamy,” said President Franklin Roosevelt. Two weeks ago, I heard him say those words in a recording of his declaration of war. The broad, flat vowels of his patrician New York accent sounded Kennedyesque. (Or maybe Kennedy […]

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The best little bar-b-que in Texas

  Before leaving Oklahoma, I spotted a group of Texans circled like a wagon train in the campground. I identified them by their big, white diesels and monster rigs. (And also by their license plates.) One frosty morning, I joined them at their campfire, map in hand. Texas is a big state, and I wanted […]

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Bike race or suicide? You decide.

There’s racing, and then there’s suicide. I began to suspect that the mountain bike race at Tyler State Park just southeast of Dallas was in the suicide category when I returned to my campsite one afternoon to find a young man lying in the road, his bike beside him. Shit, I thought, envisioning blood and broken bones. […]

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Blessed are the poor in spirit…

  I am heading south along the eastern edge of Oklahoma. I have just left my sister’s house after 10 days of basking in the warm pool of family relations. Leaving people I love after extended visits always makes me feel sad and orphaned. My destination for the night is the Ouachita National Forest in […]

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