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First days in a new (old) world

Josef drove Larry and me to the train stop at Kanzem. Larry and I sat on the bench in the concrete shelter and talked about my extraordinary first day in a foreign country. I could only contrast the new world I experienced with my own. Buildings of timbers and plaster…


Let me tell you a story of a dark and snowy night

One winter when I was about 20, I lived at the corner of 43rd and Warwick in a bare-bulb apartment with two other guys. The 1983 Chevette was on the fritz again (fuel pump or something). I had walked a mile and some to work and back that day, and…

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No more time for losing friends

I used to shed friends as I did dirty socks. I drank and some said something about it. They pleaded with me. Don’t you see what you’re doing to yourself? When they did that, when they did what friends should, I avoided them, resentful and angry that they didn’t understand…

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“River City Chautaugua” focuses on Missouri River, features me as a speaker

Scott Easterday‘s River City Chautaugua Radio Show focused on the Missouri River this week. The program featured me and another river hound, Tom Bailey, along with other speakers talking about the river and its importance to history, and human and physical geographies. It’s an intriguing journey into a Kansas City…

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