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No. 48 – Near & Far

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” ~Mark Twain Dear friend, I just returned from a wedding out on a ranch. It was serene, joyous,...

No. 47 – Heartbreaks & Left Hooks

“There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me.” ~Hemingway Dear friend, My dating life recently helped me understand martial arts techniques. Would you like to hear how? Over the years, I’ve dated a few girls. Sometimes the...

No. 46 – Exile & Muddy Boots

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” ~George Moore “It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream...

No. 45 – Breaking the Fourth Wall

There is a concept in the performing arts called the “fourth wall.” The fourth wall is an invisible, imagined separation between a performance and the audience. All of the audience’s faculties (vision, sound, emotions) penetrate this barrier, but the performers act as...

No. 44 – Valentine’s Deflation

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ~Ernest Hemingway Dear Friend, A friend and I found a new bakery this morning. There we enjoyed croissants, lattes, and the hospitality of the Afrikaans owner....

No. 43 – Strap in

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was...