Monthly Archives: August 2012

Short stories are the best stories

For your autumn reading pleasure, I’d like to recommend: – The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl – Home Truths by Mavis Gallant – Behind the Beyond by Stephen Leacock – Complete Stories of Dorothy Parker – Bumble-Ardy … Continue reading

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On finding something while lost

I invariably begin stories about adventures from my time at Herstmonceux Castle with the phrase: “Once upon a time…” Let’s begin this one with: “We were so lost.” AB and I were trying, with limited success, to catch a train … Continue reading

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“Here Be Dragons”

Here is, roughly, the partially abridged text of my talk, “Here Be Dragons,” from TEDxSitka 2012: Stories can be about the past, shared in the present, and transform the future. This space [Allen Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus in … Continue reading

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“Here Be Dragons” @ TEDxSitka

The videos from TEDxSitka are uploaded! That includes my talk, “Here Be Dragons.”

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Palm trees and parking lots

Recently, I found myself seated outside of a mall in Florida. (I find every store, coffee shop, book store, and indoor setting in Florida to be freezing, with the A/C set to 0 Kelvin and the doors wide open to … Continue reading

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I got to be on the radio again!

Yesterday, Holly interviewed me on Raven Radio: “Murphyao: On maps, Alaska and Nunavut.”

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If I were a rich man…

I’m a bit late to the party–just kidding, racism is the party that keeps on going–but I’d like to point you in the direction of two articles I found quite interesting from 13 December 2011. Both are in response to … Continue reading

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And it’s his birthday.

My dad only has two rules: 1. No whining. 2. Don’t tell mom. He’s made it this far, so they must be good ones.

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“Student Maps Canada In Sitka Fellows Project”

Tom Hesse interviewed me for the 7 August 2012 Daily Sitka Sentinel. The full text of the article follows. Student Maps Canada In Sitka Fellows Project By Tom Hesse, Sentinel Staff Writer Canadian Studies is an academic discipline, and it’s … Continue reading

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“Wake up, wake up, to do the work of the Creator!”

Have you ever read Solomon Gursky Was Here, by Mordecai Richler? I highly recommend it, and not just for the pithy one-liners you’ll find occasion to scribble on Post-It notes to hide around your home (but also for those).

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