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Month: August 2015

Patrick Dobson at the Big Muddy Speaker Series

I told my Missouri River tale to the attendees of the Big Muddy Speaker Series in May. This is a recording of that talk. You get to see the stunning pictures of the Missouri River from Montana to St. Louis. Take a look.

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The best of a bad job

When I sobered up twenty-five years ago, I wasn’t ready for the new life presented me. I was out of joint, sick, and without one lick of self-awareness. Some of this can be a blessing. Had I known what the future held for me, particularly the amount of work I…


A boy and his canoe

When I canoed the Missouri River from Montana to Kansas City, I used a 16-foot boat from the Bear Creek Canoe Company in Limerick, Maine, called the Mirage. The canoe maker, a man whose name has long escaped me, was laying up a new fiberglass and Kevlar design and wanted…

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