Category Archives: Reflections

Insane, and in Possession of a Bicycle

Day 16: Captain’s Log, Earth Date 7.22.2017 Beach encampment on the coast of Urumale, Talaimannar Village South, Mannar Island, Sri Lanka   4:30am Loudspeakers from the local Hindu temple erupt to life, waking me up from a restless slumber on a dark Sunday morning. A recording of a woman’s voice drifts out over the Indian […]

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February-March 2015 Newsletter

After a lengthy month of travel in January (NYC, KY, NOLA, FL, AL, MS ending with a 10 day visit to the Mexican Riviera to visit a good friend), I decided I needed to take a break away from travel and postings and Facebook itself…and get some work done!  So, I deactivated my account and […]

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48 Across the 48 Journal #11

Here’s where you can give to The Carolyn Held Memorial Fund Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. Here’s my latest video journal for 48 Across the 48, my 3600 mile solo bicycle ride from Seattle, WA to Boston, MA (and then on to Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA) from July 3-August 20, 2014.  This journey helped raise […]

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48 Across the 48 News

Click the link below to read a letter of thanks from George Maurer and a final update on the total amount raised for the Carolyn Held Memorial to benefit cancer research at the Mayo Clinic.  Also, George is planning another ride next summer, making the Carolyn Held Memorial Bike Ride an annual event!  Details within… […]

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48 Across the 48 Day 1 Journal

Here’s where you can give to The Carolyn Held Memorial Fund Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. You can also support me directly:  If you have extra to share, I welcome you to contribute to my food, camping and equipment expenses. These donations are not tax deductible. However, they do help offset the cost of being […]

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48 Across the 48: The Carolyn A. Held Memorial Bike Ride

I am taking a once-in-a-lifetime bicycle journey across the country. I am putting my musical career on hold this summer to answer an inner challenge and pay tribute to one of my closest friendships, and I am going to need your help to reach my goals. “48 Across the 48: The Carolyn A. Held Memorial […]

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Empire Builder: “Why We Wrote a Train Opera” by Anne Bertram

It’s hard to articulate why trains matter to me, though clearly they do, since I’m working on this project. The first thing that comes to mind is an image from my childhood: nighttime in my grandmother’s farmhouse in West Chicago, Illinois, the view out the picture window in the living room. Wide, dark fields under […]

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Empire Builder: George’s Train Opera

I’ve always been fascinated by trains, but not in the way some rail enthusiasts tend to be; lauding a mode of transportation that, while destined to join the American public, her industries, and her coasts together by 1876, also ended up permanently scattering her Indigenous peoples and exploiting immigrant labor in it’s rush to gain […]

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