Shannon County is located in southwestern South Dakota and is the only county completely contained within the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Oglala Sioux. Natalie and I moved to the small town of Kyle in the north east of the reservation this July where Natalie will work as a 1st grade teacher in the Little … Continue reading

Masks and Music – (New Orleans, LA)

Entering New Orleans reminded us yet again that this country still has a ways to go; that there is room for improvement in infrastructure, planning, and social welfare. Boarded-up houses, over-run yards, and flood damage are still easily visible driving in, around and out of the city, and the quality of neighborhoods change rapidly as … Continue reading

Camping in Oakland

San Francisco lived up the reputation that preceded it… “It’s amazing here!  Come visit!” “Eh, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Something about it; …there are a lot of crazy people.” “Oh dude, I really wanna go to San Fran!” “It’s magical, it’s where your Father and I got engaged!” It was disjointed, communal, free, and … Continue reading

Portland is Crazy, Ep. 1

One day, I was wandering as usual, and came upon a large park. There are many parks in Portland, Oregon. I walked down a central path, slowly, people watching as I went, finally sitting down on an empty park bench. I watched across the park, about 30 feet away, as a group of homeless men … Continue reading

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