Travels with Wolfie, Prologue

Prologue Spring, 1970 There was a time when I drove up and down this country like it was one big map From New York City to the Florida Keys From Selma and Montgomery To Hibbing and Duluth From the Atlantic to the Pacific From the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 61 It...

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Edinburgh, 1988, Chapter 1, A Dream Come True

It’s August, 1988. I’m almost 41 years old and I’m living in white bread Santa Monica, waiting for a black stretch limousine to pick me up to take me to LAX. It’s the first, and probably the only, limousine I will ever take in my life, and in...

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Bali, 2014: Chapter 6, Savoring Time in My Banana Field

November 4, 2014 Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia It’s very strange to be in one place for so long. It certainly doesn’t happen in LA. We drive drive drive. Go go go. How many trips a day? But here, at the villa in the middle of the eternal coconut and banana...

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Bali, 2014: Chapter 5, Notes from the 3rd World

Oct 28, 2014  Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia Two things don’t matter here in Padangbai. 1- America doesn’t matter. Uh huh. You heard me right. Nobody thinks or talks about it here. It’s not the center of the universe. It doesn’t define the...

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Bali, 2014, Chapter 3, “Percaya”

October 27, 2014 Padangbai, Bali, Indonesia There is a word in Bahasa Indonesia, my wife’s native language, for “trust”. It’s “percaya” (pronounced “perchaya”). It’s a beautiful, complicated, difficult word....

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