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A Walk in LA

A Walk in LA

LA is the city of suffering. That is, according to me, at this particular moment. That could, and will, change depending on who you ask. LA is something different for each human living here, and believe me there are a lot of them – almost 4 million. With skateboarding culture, homelessness, and the root of smog concentrated in abundance at each turn, there is  no shortage of the american dream. In this never ending sprawl each neighborhood seems to have its own quintessence. So this was a walk from Lincoln Heights to Echo park, right after sunset, on Tuesday in March,…

In A Van Down By The River

In A Van Down By The River

All I have to do is think of these words and a grimace flows horizontally, stretching the small part of my face that is not covered in beard hair. The SNL skit is a classic; filled with social commentary of fear tactics used on youths and a coked-out Chris Farley making it impossible for the supporting cast to hold a straight face. A man who lives in a van down by the river, warning kids against ending up in a van down by the river. It is ultimately a sad story, but we laugh. We laugh because comic relief is a survival skill. And…

Pancake Anarchy

Pancake Anarchy

Some had hemp seeds, other had nutritional yeast. Some soy sauce, other Tapatio. Tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, garlic, peppers, onion, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, coconut oil, kale, and anything else we had in the back of our car went into these pancakes. It was a no holds barred, full power, all out, pancake shakedown and every second of it felt great. Liberating. There were no rules, no list of ingredients that were deemed unusable or undesirable. All were welcome, and so goes the game of breakfast, sometimes. Other times, maybe even most of the time, we find ourselves restricted by social…

Climbing Trees with Neldör of The East

Climbing Trees with Neldör of The East

In good company, our redwood friends sprout up on all sides. The wizardry elders and youngsters alike thrive off a shared root system. I’ve a hunch that the ideals of the old hippy communes originated in these forest. Thick with dried and flattened needles, lush with wood sorrel, the floor of a redwood forest is the most comfortable place to ever have cradled my body for a night of dreams. So we slept. Then, well rested and content in every way but vertically we moseyed. Neldör sized up the giants much like he sizes up every other potentially climbable object…

Dear Magnolia,

Dear Magnolia,

Detractor of gravity You’ve taken the weight off my shoulders My back, my knees, and my mind   Flying over mountains High passes with sub freezing winds slapping us around The lowest of lows with scorching temperatures Death Valley, the Mojave You kept your cool when I lost mine   A violet ray skimming through gravity Provider of shade and a safe place to lay We discovered the wonders of nature Had our high times A sunshine daydream.                    

On your mark, get set…

On your mark, get set…

Its getting dark, ominous clouds loom towards the north. That’s the way I am heading. After that sun sets it won’t be so warm. My gloves are packed somewhere deep in my bag, but thankfully I had the foresight to put a pair of wool socks in my pocket. Easy access. When riding a motorcycle across a continent in sandals it’ seems effortless to wait for ideal conditions before hitting the road. Then again, it’s easy to put off just about anything until the ideal conditions arise. And so it goes… starting is the hardest part. It’s not just me,…

Stories From The Road: The Tale of a Greenpeace Executive

Stories From The Road: The Tale of a Greenpeace Executive

It was the beginning of March, 2014 when a silent meditation retreat in Nepal’s Himalayas was on the verge of commencement. That’s right, the best story I’ve heard in two years of traveling happened at a silent retreat. Upon arrival, yet before the start of the retreat, I had a yarn with an older fellow. Turns out he used to be an executive director of Green Peace during the 70’s. He briefly mentioned spending some time on a ship trying to stop Japanese whalers from harming our seafaring brothers. I didn’t push the subject, it was interesting but I had spent the…

Home is a state of mind, and Mars is a person: A Glimpse of the Detroit Renaissance

Home is a state of mind, and Mars is a person: A Glimpse of the Detroit Renaissance

Lots of people Not so much space It’s a problem that most cities face This lack of land Creates inflated demand population gets out of hand.            Neighbors get grumpy             lumpy            & frumpy            land turns a bit dumpy “Why are we here?” Asks Mr. Benoit Who knows – lets leave for Detroit!  My time spent in Detroit was filled with firsts. First time I saw abandoned factories. First time I encountered so many friendly people in a major metropolitan area in the…

A Place called Waxy O’Connors

A Place called Waxy O’Connors

I have a friend who secretly wants to become a doctor. His life was changed by a physician who practices Orthomolecular Immunology.  It’s a fancy word and I couldn’t actually tell you what its all about, but at the end of the day it helped bring Joe out of a chronic disease called KLS which had previously left him in a dream like state of incapacitation for weeks on end. As an electrician and owner of a bakery, the question ‘what do you want to do with your life’ is buried with obsolescence. So although these aspirations aren’t necessarily a secret,…

Equestrian Pyre: A Balinese Tradition

Equestrian Pyre: A Balinese Tradition

The shadow of death passes over a beloved. Friends and family manifest a large horse and float it down the street. But it’s no smooth ride – think ‘mechanical bull’ only it’s not a bull, and there are no mechanical parts – just a bunch of friends who for one reason or another want the man up top to fall off. Sure it seems a bit cruel but traditions are traditions…   The horse is leading the precession, followed by some other large structures. However, in the old days when this tradition was created they didn’t have to worry about power lines…

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