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About merlintoes

Amateur marathoner, constant wanderer, sometime teacher, and pilgrim for life. As of July 2012, I have picked up and moved my life to Colorado, a state where I know no one, have no job, and hear it is very beautiful. I don't understand it myself...but I'm gonna run with it.

Thoughts on 36

The older I get, the more I look back on my young adulthood and feel entirely humbled by the grace I must have received – unknowingly – from my older friends who were patient with me and knew I just … Continue reading

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Week Two: Prompt Piece 1 – This Body Has Not

Week Two of my graduate-level Writing Workshop tonight. We were prompted to write a one-page “Portrait of My Body.”  We used Philip Lopate’s work of the same title for inspiration.  The idea was to extol a particular body part and … Continue reading

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Day One – or, What the Hell is Water?

And just like that, belonging seems possible. First night of the writing degree; step one on the journey to my M.A. in Creative Nonfiction.  Workshop class.  “We are fourteen, are we not?” is how the professor put it as she … Continue reading

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Arrival in Fort Collins, CO

I’m here.  I made it. Took me ten days of travel (one day was in the OBX, not traveling, but still…) and 3015.3 miles to get from my brother’s driveway to my own new driveway at the house I’ll be … Continue reading

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The Badlands, Rushmore, Hot Springs

I rolled out of Kadoka today thinking I’d get much farther than I did.  There was a lot to see today, so I knew it wouldn’t be a long day mileage-wise, but I thought I’d get into Wyoming or Nebraska … Continue reading

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Emerald Isle & NC

Day Two had me heading to Emerald Isle, the new home of my friend Byron from high school.  While he’s on his fourth tour in Afghanistan, his wife Grace is in their new house at the beach, with their 14-month-old … Continue reading

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Home to Richmond to Norfolk

I headed out for Colorado early on Sunday, July 8.  I packed the car with Eric’s help (he carried up my running shoes) and stood around waiting for my brother to return from his Starbucks run for the three of … Continue reading

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