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We Are All One: Ending Racism

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In the aftermath of yet another mass killing hate crime in the U.S. and the ensuing inevitable debate about gun control, the underlying issue—the real problem—is rarely addressed. Even if the NRA was not the…

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Mind Your Eyes, Ears & Mouth

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[Excerpt from my book, Flying Free: Life Lessons Learned on the Flying Trapeze.] “Concentration is the secret of strength.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Tonight’s flying trapeze class is particularly loud. Besides flying trapeze, trampoline, static trapeze…

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Bangkok’s Museum of Contemporary Art—MOCA

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An amorphous sculpture of a Thai man holding a doll-sized, but otherwise lifelike, Adolf Hitler puppet provocatively greets visitors to Bangkok’s Museum of Contemporary Art—MOCA. Behind Hitler, a wall of diminutive, realistic renderings of former heads of state include…

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Flying Trapeze in Koh Tao, Thailand

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I first visited Koh Tao, a tiny island—7 kilometers by 3 kilometers—off Thailand’s southwest coast nearly 13 years ago. Back then, the island, which is a 2.5-hour ferry ride from the larger and more popular…

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Goddess: Poetry

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You are a piece of the sun scorching the earth, sparking bonfires and wildfires and rumors. You are infinite, ancient, yet the youngest of your kind. Your presence disrupts their dull world, reminding them of…

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Manali: Chapter 1

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January 2007 Geneva Geneva awakens in the backseat as the jeep hits a patch of ice, skids towards an eighteen-wheeler painted orange, mustard, teal, and green, hideous images of horned demons splashed on the front…

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J’ai Tant Reve de Toi

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Like Scheherazade, she weaves her tales, stringing words together as if they are charms, adding stars and rubies and angel wings to each story. He summons her each night and then waits, hungry for her words,…

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Santa Fe Miracle #1

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Santa Fe’s Frank Ortiz dog park is a sprawling mishmash of trails and brush, winding through an arroyo and up several hills. The park has two entrances, and I can never remember which lot I’ve…

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Robbie the Rodeo Clown

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Big things are happening for Robbie the Rodeo Clown. In the Delta Airlines waiting area at the Atlanta Airport, he bounces up and down, heel, toe, heel, toe, chatting up anyone who will talk to him….

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Learning to Fly, Learning to Live

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On the day I flew without safety lines for the first time, it was a Tuesday morning in April, the San Francisco cerulean sky stretching cloudless above the Bay Bridge as I drove to Trapeze…

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