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Trans Canada Highway

The Old Man’s Last Winter

The old man is dying. This is a series of notes I wrote while visiting him in Canada. Return of the Prodigal …

Salton Sea

Smell the Barn

The old man isn’t getting any better. “Experience Vibrant Seniors Living!” says the brochure for Rocky Ridge Retirement Community. It doesn’t seem …

Take Care of the Land

85 years old.

My buddy Ken is 85 years old. He’s a old vaudevillian who hit the road before he was 10, playing the accordion …

Vancouver Island

The Old Man, pt. 2

The old man is in his 80s now. He’s not doing so well. Always taciturn except when drunk (and, often, even then), …

Bart & Bernice

The Old Man & the Wedding

My stepfather and I had not talked in 14 years. Our relationship had never been that terribly close because we’re both suspicious, …