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Inside the life of the man known as the ‘spark ranger’

Written by Tom Dunkel Dickey Baker is a son of the Shenandoahs: born, raised and firmly rooted. He talks country-slow, as if each sentence isa chess move requiring careful deliberation. “It’s a…
AUTHOR:Tom Dunkel
PUBLISHED: Aug. 19, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2375 words)

Dying in Space: An American Dream

Humanity's future? (Mars One) If you are at least 18 years of age and curious and capable and resourceful, with a capacity for self-reflection and an ability to trust other people and a deep sense of…
PUBLISHED: April 29, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2224 words)

I Was Wayne Gretzky's (Hungover) Linemate: An NHL Journeyman Picks The Wrong Night To Drink

To say I was a Wayne Gretzky fan as a child would be like saying that my brother has a small gap in his teeth. The Oilers were my team and Wayne was my idol. When Chris and I played hockey in the…
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2856 words)


Linda Campbell was not quite 4 years old when her appendix burst, spilling its bacteria-rich contents throughout her abdomen. She was in severe pain, had a high fever, and wouldn’t stop…
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1760 words)

Seeing God in the Third Millenium

How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies lupzdut/Flickr There are many carefully documented accounts in the medical literature of intense, life-altering religious…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 12, 2012
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2760 words)

When A Daughter Dies

Not too long ago, I wrote about my sister Linda, who passed away this summer. Nobody could love a daughter more than my father Michael loved Linda.  My father (who is a doctor) was realistic…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 16, 2012
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2161 words)

Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and History

How Berlin's past shapes its present and future as an artist base.
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1867 words)

Thirty words English got from India

In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India. Since its publication the 1,000-page dictionary has never been out of print and a new edition is due out…
PUBLISHED: July 11, 2012
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1228 words)

The Bull Passes Through

Gail Thacker, Bull/Rafael Sánchez/Chasing the Apron at Jackie 60, Polaroid, 1997. Courtesy the artist and June Bateman Fine Art. Dan is in, Brian is out, and I suppose I am 51 percent in and 49…
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4084 words)