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New Orleans, LA

Huey P. Long for Pie! When first planning my trip to New Orleans, the number one thing on my list to see was the Huey P. Long Bridge. I’m sure that is not a very popular tourist attraction but one that has been on my list for 30 years. The 8,000′ long cantilevered steel truss bridge rises 150 above the Mississippi River and was opened in 1935. But that has nothing to do with its significance to me. Backing up to the late 80’s when Trivial Pursuit was all the rage, I fashion[…]

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Taking the Leap…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol I have long had the burning desire to go, to see and to explore.  This blog is a small reflection of that; as  I have made a concerted effort to document my wanderlust.  Today is a little different.  Today is the day I become a digital nomad, full-time traveler, an Escapee.   I am officially jobless & homeless.  That is obviously a bit dramatic but I just like saying it.   I have for months (maybe[…]

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Misaligned Minds – The season is a changin’

Here Comes Fall- A Photo Essay I awake early for Misaligned Minds, a bike ride in Paducah, KY. It is a 100 mile tour of the flatlands of Western Kentucky.  Cycling in the region winds down this time of the year and this will most likely be my last long event ride of the season. As with all long rides, I have plenty of time to just think and reflect.  As I feel the burn from the cool air in my lungs and a uncomfortable chillness in my whole body, I decide[…]

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The Cleansing

It’s time to simplify, declutter and just generally refocus. I have become a prisoner of stuff.  If I want to ever engage in the travel lifestyle I desire, I’ll have to be able to do with much less. My mission as a minimalist starts with a good closet cleaning.  1, 2, 3 trips to Goodwill later; bag after bag of some barely worn clothes is gone. It is embarrassing; how did I gather so much crap in just a few short years since the last move? It’s got to go![…]

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So SAD, Back to the couch…

The therapists couch It seems like March is when my mental health takes a dive. I’ve been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, ironically). SAD is a type of depression brought about by changes in seasons. It begins and ends at about the same times every year.  After long periods of Kentucky gray skies, my symptoms tend to start in late winter / early spring and dissipate into Summer. During this period, I tend to be prone to anxiety attacks, anger, feelings of disconnect and an urge to just run[…]

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Happy Birthday to me….(no,not that birthday)

Today I celebrate 3 years of sobriety, in AA parlance this anniversary is referred to as my birthday. (A day of rebirth I suppose) It won’t be with much fanfare other than receiving a token from my sponsor.  I did however take a moment to reflect and consider what the past years sober have meant. I can laugh, I can cry. I can grieve and mourn, rejoice and celebrate. I can win and I can lose. I can appreciate success and learn from failure.  I can form new meaningful friendships,[…]

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