Life Out Here

Our move from Alabama to Alaska was a big deal; excited, I pictured documenting our expedition in real-time. But, by the nature of its being a trek for the military, it was to be a story told in past tense. So, as brief Alaska summer faded to fall, I translated my travel notes into stories. The people loved it. They requested a podcast. I acquiesced.

10. Far Flung Horizons

Shadowed only by a park ranger hat, her smile was sunlight. Of course we could pass through. So long as we did not stop. The Kootenay Highway became the Banff-Windermere Highway—roughly 103 kilometers of storied asphalt through Kootenay National Park to the Trans-Canada Highway. Morning sun reflected off the canyon as an iridescent copper and […]

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8. Not One of Those Americans

When the new lottery machine pulled a twenty from my fingers, I knew I had made a mistake. My gone money was reincarnated as an electric-green balance. “I don’t know anything about that machine,” said the woman at the counter, “but I don’t think it makes change. You’ll have to play all twenty dollars.” My […]

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3. Montgomery, Alabama is Haunted

Montgomery, Alabama is haunted.  By lonesome whippoorwills among the whisperings and the camellias and the pines.  Steepled shadows on Dexter Avenue and the cold bronze likeness of the little woman who started it all.  On her corner she stands  no tired bone in her body,  demurely resistant. Hank by the Riverboat emulates the blue spirit […]

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