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About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.

This essay has way too many exclamation points. Go ride your bike!

People on television put a lot of effort into selling prescription drugs—and their side effects. Go ride your bike! In the United States, some believe there are two sides to any issue. Others disagree. Go ride your bike! Serious people … Continue reading

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Today’s Unsorted Top 10 List That, Once Again, is a Bit Too Long

Bananas before all they’re good for is banana bread Candied cucumbers, because Russ refuses to employ the phrase “sweet pickles” The bicycle you’re riding today The bicycle you’d like to ride The idea that this list could be of any … Continue reading

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Uses of the past

Nostalgia is nonsense, the past rearranged to suit a fantasy of the way things were. Nostalgia is discarded farm implements left in the weather to rust, solidify, and decay in the service of decoration. Memory, on the other hand, when … Continue reading

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Reading trees along the way

Trees along the way are signs that everything will be all right, even though you know everything will not be all right because everything is everything that is and isn’t right. But as the trees and miles multiply, the signs … Continue reading

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What do birds think of us humans? 30 days of biking, #30

What does a bird think of us? It’s all conjecture, isn’t it? No bird uses Google search, which would then allow its interests to be tracked, thus exposing a pattern of thought, maybe something of its reactions to us. Hard … Continue reading

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