Serpent Mound

November 1st, 2017

Mysterious mounds of Ohio

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I’m not a big fan of snakes.

So why am I on top of a tower, overlooking the enormous reptile slithering down below me, like it has for more than 2,000 years?

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Ashes to Water

August 17th, 2017

Returning my aunt and uncle to their favorite spot

My cousins talk about their mother and father before casting their ashes into the bay.

On a mirror-calm bay, on a see-forever day, we scattered my aunt and uncle’s ashes. They died within months of each other over the past year and we took them back to northern Canada, to the cottage they built so long ago.

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El Sharpino

August 4th, 2017

An old friend is new again.

Sharpie and I, after the colonoscopy


The email started out innocuously enough.

“Curtis, word on the street is that you will barnstorm through our hamlet soon.”

Yes, true. I was headed to San Francisco to see my good buddy & former college roommate, Kurt. But this wasn’t from him.

“I doubt you want to do this after a long flight, but I’ll throw it out there anyway.”

Hmmm … okay.

“I’m getting a “routine” colonoscopy and need someone to chaperone me home.” Read More…

Brace Yourself (and others)

May 18th, 2017

Finding balance, with your neighbor’s help

Participants in a yoga and meditation session go through a guided exercise.
(photo by Rodney Curtis)


In the healing process, we generally use that word to mean emotional and spiritual help. At a recent medical conference, I had the honor of helping support bone marrow transplantees.

And then they supported me. Read More…