Chapter 16
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Far Out

A Chapter 16 writer remembers the first moon landing

I happened to be at an afternoon performance under the tent on July 20, 1969, when the conductor suddenly halted the orchestra in mid-flight, turned to the audience, and shouted in a joyful voice, “I’ve just been informed that the Americans have landed on the moon!” Then he turned to the orchestra and whipped it into the Star-Spangled Banner.

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Highway Baptism

A young hitchhiker encounters two men on a lonesome Montana road

Two cowboys in a Ford Ranchero pickup truck stop and tell me I can ride thirty miles to Missoula in the truck’s back bed. There have been no cars for nearly an hour. I think for a nanosecond. Then I take the ride.

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Minding the Metaphors

Walking a labyrinth for the first time taught me to trust the path

My intention had been to attend a writing retreat, but I suddenly had the feeling that I was actually there to attend a labyrinth retreat.

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With Bears in Winter

The mountains in winter were a revelation as we climbed

The experience of holding an infant bear in your arms, and feeling it snuggle under your coat for warmth, is unforgettable.

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The Conversation That Continues

An old friend is the best friend

It was the fall of 1970, and we were freshmen in high school, that tender, socially feverish age when your friendships are everything and time stands still around every relationship.

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