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Chicago: A Healing Place (Who knew?)

The last few weeks brought crippling anger & grief about my mom. It was an anger, a rage really, that was deeper and more unexpected than I imagined. Fortunately, in the South Suburbs of Chicago where I currently reside, there are incredible natropath healers. Yes, this cultural wasteland, this non-descript… Read On

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Injured Reserve List – Again

White Hyacinth & Sunset, Homewood, IL

3/16 UPDATE: On the injured reserve list, again. (Written day of, but just getting to the post now…) I went to the climbing gym after crying a lot about my mom today, mixed with awesome playtime with my nieces. I came off the wall wrong & landed wonky, causing a… Read On

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About Chicago

I mentioned in my prior post, returning to Chicago is like dating an old high school flame. My personality splits when I think about this place. Day-to-day life tends to have extreme highs & lows. Here’s a running list that I hope will give folks who have never been here… Read On

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The Beginning of My Day – Dec. 4, 2011

It took me a week to edit this because there is so much going on caretaking for my mom. It doesn’t reflect how I feel today, but once I post the next video, you’ll see how each day can go here. For those of you not in the know, I… Read On

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vBlog – New Direction, New Fear – 01Nov11

Nobody said making a film was easy. Nobody said flying by the seat of one's pants was easy. Nobody said anything about easy. Watch for the latest on where The SpokenCoast Project is going, and what the future may hold...even I don't know, which is definitely not easy.

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The Skinny on Alaska Bush Airlines

Gant Aviation, Hooper Bay

So far, I’ve spent approximately $2500 in airline tickets ALONE, and only explored 6 villages in Western Alaska. Although only 2 villages are left on my list that are non-serviceable by ferry, the Winter ferry service may change that. Like anything, not all bush airlines are created equally. But, in… Read On

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What I Learned on Mt. Rainier

Marissa Ice Climbing Rainier

Here’s post #2 about the Mt. Rainier summit. It seems like the summit happened 10 years ago. Life in Point Hope, AK has taken over everything. Living in the moment never felt so good. But, it all started on Mt. Rainier. Climbing a 14,000 foot mountain requires flexibility, yet discipline.… Read On

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I Stink At Goodbyes

Probably I’m not the only one. But truly, in trying to get my behind out of Dodge these last few weeks, I’ve noticed unusually avoidant behavior about saying goodbye. All week, in my head, I knew I was going to take off today. But, I only told my buddy that… Read On

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The Clown’s Come Back

Fundraiser The Spice Monkey clown noses

Many years ago, while attending a graduate program for psychology, I attended a one-day workshop on the psychology of clowns. The leader had a new clown nose for each person. One by one, each participant walked to the front of the room, and after turning their back to the group,… Read On

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Call out for interviews


It has begun! My first SpokenCoast project video was on Monday afternoon with a dear friend. Actually, it was the 2nd official interview. But, the first one was with a crappy camera. Yesterday’s interview was with my new Nikon D5100 super ultra mega humdinger of a gadget. This thing does… Read On

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