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Save the Planet

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These regal creatures once numbered a billion, back when Edgar Winter first sang “Save the Planet.” Now their numbers are down to 30 million. Damn, Edgar, is anybody listening?

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Welcome Home

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Doesn’t matter how long you’ve been gone. Maybe you circled the globe.  Or you just stepped out the door to grab the newspaper. The committee assembles. With laser focus, they position themselves according to their own rules. You can return home a hundred times in one day. The welcome committee will be at the gate to welcome you home. Always.

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Island Time

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I choose the bow berth to sleep. And I can be on deck in ten seconds if my helmsman on the midnight watch needs a hand during a squall, or the Coast Guard radios us to heave to. She’s a sloop, and she’s steady and sound. Even though she’s not the fastest ride between the islands, I don’t trim her …

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Live Like Popeye

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Sail into every harbor with goodwill and harmony. Live like Popeye. But you may substitute beer for spinach.

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Bringing the Backroads to the Classroom

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Just spoke to 70 fourth graders. Captured their attention with my prairie chicken dance. We talked about finding wild Missouri.  Their eyes got even wider when I told them about joining a producer from Saturday Night Live to raft the Mississippi Huck-style. We drifted from the Gateway Arch to Chester, Illinois, home of Popeye. Next stop: two dozen J-school students. …

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