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Disappointing my Grandpa Again – An Animal Rights Activist’s Battle to Retain Dignity in a World Based Around Commercial Success

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Received an upsetting emailĀ from my grandpa: I love my grandpa and want him to be proud of and understand me. I replied… Dear Poppy and Joan, I value your opinion; as you are both wonderful people that serve as active role models in my life. Much of my choices to help others have been inspired by your compassionate efforts to help refugees involved with your church or deliver warm meals to housebound seniors in your Meals on Wheels program. I am constantly thinking of what I can do to help others, and while efforts to pursue this on a full-time … Read More

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A Break from New York City

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Today I went left along the levee during my morning jog. Sandy headed out earlier, as I recycled and tossed the unwrappings of Christmas present the day before. He went straight across, off the path, something I think infrequently done. When there are no signs to tell us what not to do we have to make assumptions as to how we are doing wrong, and heading off the jogging path can seem a hazard or at least a convenience walking across grass soaked with a long, gray morning mist. He heads off to explore. I jog and think of the … Read More

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Mount Fuji

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Sandy summited, while just 400 meters below the summit I lay in a fetal position, a pile of tiny volcanic rock grating across my skin as I prayed that sleep would help me get down the summit without the use of emergency services.

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Milk Tea and Camping in Hakone

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Beverage of choice: sweetened tea with milk Either served cold in a paper carton from Lipton at 100 yen from any convenience store or so hot in a can from a vending machine that I play hot potato till I can find a high enough place to set it down without my heavy backpack causing me to perform a serious squat exercise in returning to standing position. I walk enough to avoid added exercise in my daily routine. Fuck stairs. Where are the escalators? In the night, about 9:30p, we were woken by voices. Sandy quickly grabbed the blanket and … Read More

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First Night in Tokyo

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Part 1: Missing Luggage and a Tokyo Rooftop Respite We got to Japan and arrived at a line that had many a constant traveler in the crowd claiming, “It’s never like this,” as the line snaked its way back and forth 10 lines of queues and out into another room. 1.5 hours of waiting. A kid not far ahead of us, part of an exchange group of middle schoolers from Canada, spent the whole time leaning over a vomit bag, green to the gills. I could not understand that Narita did not make an exception for this, the child was … Read More

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We Made It To Japan!

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We made it to Japan! Now to find where to sleep tonight. Cause it’s 2pm and sleep was intermittent during the 12 hour flight. Intentionally traveling without room bookings and a desire to camp as much as possible as it is generally accepted to do so in Japan’s parks. So we will decide where we want to look homeless tonight. Luckily Japan is a fairly safe place to travel, so hopefully we are not taken unawares and instead find ourselves with flush with funds to spend on experiences rather than comfort. We did both put out for a 21 Day … Read More