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Thoughts On Going “Home”

March 31, 2016

Our time in New Zealand is coming to an end. Some days, it feels like that end is way too far away and others, like today, it seems quite near. In just under one week, our epic journey from China all the way down to New Zealand comes to an end and we begin our travels back “home.”   When we come across NZ locals asking us about our travels here, we tell them that soon we will travel back…

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Books That Will De-Program You From Society (American Society At Least)

March 5, 2016

I feel like I am de-programmed from American society. It happened over time and it didn’t happen completely, but my views on life, government, authority and the way things SHOULD be has dramatically shifted over the years. I don’t know what happened and I don’t know why but I DO know that I have read a lot of books that keep fueling this fire which is slowly burning away at the foundation of the “American Dream” that was beat into…

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How a Chinese Muslim Helped This American Atheist Realize That No One Escapes The 20-Something Struggle

December 30, 2015

Beth was part of my plan to get out of Thailand. She was a means to an end. I needed to make some extra cash to quit my teaching job, pack my bags and move to Bali for a new start.   Plus, teaching Beth would be easy. She was a 25 year old translator in China with incredible English skills and I would only have to make conversation with her via Skype a few times a week. I took…

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