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The Pinball

Central Oregon Waldport, 100 miles North of Coos Bay. I’ve learned what it’s like to be an inanimate object recently — specifically, a pinball. I awoke in the middle of the night and discovered the right side of my body

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Condors & Cancer

***Click Play Below to Listen to Loren Read Along*** A pair of California Condors flew over us, bright and early one morning. I marveled at their unmistakeable white wing markings. And then I threw up. That’s the kind of week

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A Blown Fuse and Safe Harbor

An Update From Susie: Sea Lions barking outside, the sound of water clipping the shore as we rest in Morro Bay. Living in the moment. Loren had fluid drained from his brain on Thursday and was released on Saturday. We

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The Text

The pathology results are in for the fluid in Dad’s brain… There was a chance that the fluid was either (in order from best to worst news) dead/dying cancer cells, goo from the trauma of surgery (and/or hitting his head

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Surgery #2

Dad’s second brain surgery was at 7:15 this morning. He did very well and was awake and cracking jokes by 11AM—all while sporting an impressive head bandage (although he refused my plea for a photo shoot). It’s not yet clear

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The Smaller Room

Well here we are again. A smaller room this time but back to the hospital it is. Allow me just a moment to say: Damn! And things had been going so well. Here’s the timeline: January 27, 2013 — Discovered

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Here’s a piece I wrote for San Diego Magazine. You can find it in their April 2013 issue. I hope you like it. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ My favorite news photographer likes to tell me I can do anything with a couple of lemons.

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