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Five Things I’ve Learned This Year

They say an addict never forgets the day he or she last used. The day I will never forget is June 10, 2010. That afternoon I walked away from a perfectly delightful, ordinary life to become a homeless wanderer. One year ago today. It’s been quite a ride—overwhelming, scary, exhilarating, incredible. I’ve learned to hitch up and […]

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  Solitude is not something you hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present, you will never find it.  –Thomas Merton At first, I dismissed Merton’s quote. Yeah, yeah. Tell me something I don’t know, I thought. But Marvin’s comment on […]

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Camping with the Dinosaurs

  I was happy to cross the Yaqui Pass and descend into Borrego Springs after a week in Blair Valley. The wind had blown so fiercely the previous night that I felt like the baby wondering when the bough would break and dump me and my cradle all over the desert floor. Borrego Springs is […]

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The Man on Ghost Mountain

  I am camped in the broad expanse of Blair Valley in southern California. The closest town, Julian, lies almost 20 miles northwest and up several thousand feet from this high desert valley. A sandy two-track leads deep into the heart of the valley. If you drive almost three miles to the end of the […]

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Tohono O’odham-People of the Desert

The only road through the Tohono O’odham reservation is a lonely two-lane highway where the desert stretches out on either side and sometimes encroaches on the road. This is the land of the desert people, and it’s both harsh and beautiful. The Tohono O’odham have occupied this land for millenia, and they may be one of […]

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