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Life is the Train

“Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.” – Paulo Coelho Traveling by regional train is such a treat when you’ve been subjected to the indignities of air travel and commuting in…

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Carolina On My Mind

Dark and silent, late last nightI think I might have heard the highway call my nameGeese in flight and dogs that biteOther signs that might be omens say, “I’m goin’, I’m goin’”I’m gone to Carolina in my mind– James Taylor, Carolina in My Mind There’s a sense of place that feels right when you’re in…

Travel | Exploration | History | Seasons

Through Fields of Cotton

Driving through the Carolinas on back country roads in harvest season, you’re struck by the endless miles of ripe cotton greeting you. With many crops, you look at it and wonder what it might be when you’re flying by at 50 MPH. Not so cotton. You know immediately what this crop is. You’ve been wearing…

Travel | Culture | Music | Philosophy | Stoicism

Into My Arms

And I don’t believe in the existence of angelsBut looking at you I wonder if that’s trueBut if I did I would summon them togetherAnd ask them to watch over youTo each burn a candle for youTo make bright and clear your pathAnd to walk, like Christ, in grace and loveAnd guide you into my…

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Pier, 2 Piers

The Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California share two things in common. They’re the longest piers on the eastern and western coasts of the United States, respectively. And secondly, this writer managed to unwittingly stumble upon both of them with no prior knowledge of their standing in…

Exploration | Hiking | Nature | Philosophy | Travel

Towards Empty Spaces

“Hiking is not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.” – Sonja Yoerg It seems counterintuitive that an otherwise social being would be so quick to seek out solitude and empty spaces. But that’s generally where you’ll find me when the opportunity arises. Let the record show that I love interacting with people. I…