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Dark Night of my H. Pylori Soul

Things were going really great. Life was suspiciously working out in such a wonderful way that I should of known something real shitty was around the bend. In the family of my new roommates, in the new house, in the new village, in my new office, we ate a delicious dahl dinner that Mario made.…

Follow your Intuition to your Bliss 

It’s the eve before a silent retreat. So no wonder I fall naturally back into this neglected habit of exploring thoughts and inner urgings with words. This year, still so fresh, has been unfathomably kind to me. My life has settled so seamlessly into a present that resembles decades of future dreaming. There seems little…

Little Brass Telescope From The Future 

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In November, in a cold country, a fresh snow fallen and the future a frolicking of ideas, I went to Amazon.com and decided I needed some things I didn’t REALLY need—but I desired each item with a celebratory feeling.  One of these things was a small brass telescope. “Please can I have it!” I said…

Shhh, Don’t Tell Anyone I’m Blogging Again

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“You may now use a laptop computer,” the stewardess’s voice announces. But I don’t anymore—a crazy thing for a writer, but I’ve settled into a life without it since my neck went out two years ago. That changed everything. Pain is this brilliant teacher—unremitting, consistent, and unrelenting. “Pain is your best friend,” a monk told…

Best App for Finding Cheap Flights in Australia

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  When people in Australia tell me about places I should visit, my first question is, “Can you get there by car?” The look I get back when I ask this is a look I’ve seen before. In Mexico, it is the who-is-this-stupid-gringo look. In Thailand, it is who-is-this-crazy-farang look. And here in Australia, it…

The Sea Warrior of Australia

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   Encounter With a Sea Warrior In the 70s, the local Papua New Guineans called him The Sea Warrior for his fondness of swimming 20k across the ocean. “Any white guy who did anything outstanding was a warrior in that thing,” he says. I tell him that I am the chai latte warrior.  We meet…

How To Be a Part of Doing a Lot With A Little

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  Dear Reader, I am reaching out to you today invite you to join me in acheiving a goal that’s concrete and attainable—open an education center for 60 impoverished children in Guatemala. Today, we’re 3.7k towards out 20k goal. That’s on pace to have the center open by January when the new term starts! Here’s…

Modern Innovations to the American Road Trip

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The American Road Trip in our Intrepid DNA  The American road trip is to travel what baseball is to sports – an American phenomenon enshrined within our wanderlust. With two massive coastlines and plenty to do and see and be in between, no intrepid soul should settle down before doing some sort of epic trip…

Lizard Attacks and Ten Days of Silence in Thailand

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   Since arriving in Asia four months ago, I have only been bitten by one animal (a new record!). A lizard sunk his teeth into me on Ko Phangan, off the Gulf of Thailand. I’d say he was acting within his animal rights. I did sneak up behind him and grab him off a tree.…

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