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Free Range: Psych 101

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Sitting in an isolated corner of a sparsely-populated bistro, I buried myself in my camera, editing the day’s catch of biker shenanigans while trying to be invisible to other patrons. All I wanted was to be left alone with my simple dinner and the magic of air conditioning. The hostess seated a senior couple just down from me and the ...

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Almost Fiction: Campfire songs

Interwoven within the twittering of wild birds and scurrying sounds from the beasts of the forest came the conversation of two intrepid motorcyclists on a camping adventure. “What did you say?” From sarcastic Harry. “Huh?” From George the singer. “I said, ‘What did you say’.” “Oh nothing. I was just humming a song.” “You weren’t humming, you were singing. You ...

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Kulture Clash: Much respect for those who do

Let us start out with a little discussion on respect. First off respect is earned and given. One must earn the privilege of receiving respect for her or his accomplishments, dedication, integrity and stature. More importantly one must never feel their social status is too elite or just be too cool to give respect where due. Respect should never be ...

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Rearview Mirror: Stayin’ alive in 2005

The world ● An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system. We all saw right through that… didn’t we? ● At 66 years old, Rumanian university lecturer Adriana Illiescu becomes the oldest birth mother in the world. An oldie but a goodie… apparently. ● The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France. Not ...

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Depth of Tread: Lane Triplett

It takes more than a little honesty to move through life with humility, to welcome grace when it appears. Lane Triplett has come by humility naturally. He suspects that for one to be humble, they have to have known humiliation. And in candor he told me, “I’ve had that.” Perhaps it’s having a wealth of experience that leaves one better ...

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The Hooligan: First race, first podium!

My 1980 Ironhead was completed two weeks before my first flat track race at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, and we arrived there three days before the race, leaving plenty of time to fish and plenty of time for me to get my head ready. I don’t go in to anything just to do it; I’m competitive and need ...

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Spare Parts: Hot summer nights

I grew up in an old-fashioned neighborhood in the ’60s. By old-fashioned, I mean I could walk to school, walk to church, my choice of seven gas stations, two independent markets and one shoe repair shop. Our house was sandwiched between two proper ladies who took their gardening very seriously. Mrs. Winter, a Georgia native, kept a watchful eye on ...

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Bullin Through Life: The long run

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Ya know, a lot of people always talk about “the long run,” and they tell ya “that’ll get ya in the long run,” but sometimes, it’s the long run itself that gets ya. There’s nothing as dreaded as bein’ out in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from home, an’ havin’ a ...

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Ride Out of the Darkness: From sorrow to healing

I would like to share with you the experience of attending my first American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” in Edinburg, Texas. Each and every suicide is said to directly impact no less than six people and in 2016, 44,965 people decided to end their lives prematurely. Of those people, 3,403 were from Texas. This ...

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Shop Dogs: Molly, the shop dog and riding partner

Berry Wardlaw is well known to many as the master when it comes to top-of-the-line V-twin motors. His company Accurate Engineering crafts motors—Panheads, Knuckleheads, Shovels, works of art that also set land speed records. Those who know him also know that he is as much at home on a motorcycle as he is in front of a milling machine. But ...

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