Enjoy the Process 1

Enjoy the Process
I went out to The Good Farm yesterday to help with the process. This particular process has to do with chickens. We were going to turn them into something resembling what you’d buy at the store. I wasn’t sure how I would handle the process. I have never been involved in turning animals into food ...

That New Car Smell 1

That New Car Smell
A few months ago I began to notice that the brakes on my car, a 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid which we bought used in 2011 before we moved to Shiprock, were beginning to get a little squishy. Not as responsive as I would like. I began to consider the fact that the car was 6 ...

Wild Duluth 100K 1

Wild Duluth 100K
When I began making arrangements to come to Minnesota in October for the book tour, I read about a trail race in Duluth. I knew I would be spending two weeks in the state, and I figured an extra day to run a little race would be a nice way to finish up the tour. ...

It’s a drug like any other. 1

It's a drug like any other.
The book tour is drawing to its inevitable conclusion, and as it does I find myself back where it began: Duluth. I’m sitting in the Duluth Coffee Company, drinking a cup of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adado naturally dried coffee, which is by far the best cup of coffee I have ever had. Smooth and well balanced ...

A most difficult thing 1

A most difficult thing
I just had to do one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do: I hugged my wife and daughter goodbye and put them on a plane home while I got back in the car and drove away. They came out this weekend, arriving on Friday night, to join me for a couple ...

First Book Store Events 1

First Book Store Events
I had never heard of the Book World stores before I had events scheduled in them. The first was in a small town near the South Dakota border called Detroit Lakes. The store was on the main strip in town, Washington Avenue. When we arrived a wind whipped from the south, blowing cold air through ...

Trail Run—Finally 1

Trail Run—Finally
Four days into the Minnesota Book Tour and I finally got the chance to run on those famed Minnesota trails. I spent the night in Baxter/Brainerd last night, a place I know mostly from the movie Fargo. (“You know, Babe the blue ox? You betcha!”) This morning was the first morning since we arrived that ...

Book tour begins 1

Book tour begins
My excitement has grown the past few days as the book tour dates approach. On Thursday, I was interviewed by the Rochester Post-Bulletin in advance of my appearance at the Barnes & Noble in the Apache Mall on October 9th. The interview, my first for the book, went well. Tom Weber asked some insightful and ...

Running and Writing: what’s next 1

I am two-plus weeks out from finishing Pine to Palm and I am amazing at how well I have recovered. Less than a week after I returned to the Eastern Shore I ran 4 1/2 miles on the beach in Ocean City. I ran halfway along the boardwalk, then removed my shoes and ran back ...