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It was a cold winter Kansas day in the Land of Oz. My army military police unit was headed to "the field" for war games at "oh dark thirty" or more accurately, 3am. I was brand new, right out of basic training. The First...

 

 

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My Dad always wanted to learn how to kayak. He lived on Cattail Creek and was retired. Kayaking represented adventure and freedom for him. He sought out adventure like he had not seen since he was a Navy Seabee in the Pacific in World War Two....

 

You've heard of the Boston Tea Party, but have you ever heard of the Brunswick Coffee Party? I was walking into my middle school sipping my morning cup of Joe when I was accosted by an angry teacher. Acting like a member of the Al-Qaeda, my...

 

In June 1996, we adopted a dog from the Marin Humane Society. Ironically, we almost did not adopt the dog due to an overzealous volunteer at the humane society trying to talk us out of adopting a dog. My wife and I had finally gotten our own...

 

In 1995, my friends and I decided to climb the 14,495 foot Mount Whitney. The mountain had a heavy snowpack from winter, so we knew snowshoes would be mandatory. We planned the climb for several weeks. We drove 500 miles from San Francisco across...

 

“The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.”

 

It was the summer of 1999, and I had answered my summons to appear for jury duty. At the time, I was a 29 year old office clerk, who hadn't finished college. In fact, I was a high school drop out, with a GED. I had completed a year of...

 

Excerpted from the memoir Where Excuses Go to Die by John Espinosa Nelson (Highrise Press 2013)

 

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California State Prison (CRC)—Norco...

 

Blend of diverse colorations bounced which has an advanced drying out petrol is definitely represented when Petrol painting them. Hand crafted petrol works will be immensely important to get gift ideas. Petrol made use of to get painting them is...

 

My friend Andy killed himself after returning from active reserve military duty. A mutual friend called out of the blue and said I've got some bad news for you, our friend Andy's killed himself. I was disappointed, sad, and not the least...

 

We fired a park ranger student from the police academy. The guy was a head case with a track record of strange behavior. We hired him from another park ranger agency. He'd been involved in a notorious case that snapped him like a twig. We did...