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Years ago dear friends of mine took a vacation to the Pacific coastal town of Zihuatanejo. Now, if Zihuatanejo rings a bell, it should. It was the Shangri-La described in “The Shawshank Redemption,” the ultimate destination for the film’s protagonist, Andy Dufresne, when he escaped prison.  “It’s in Mexico,” Andy said. “A little place on […]

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A Chance for Change

A farmhand went out every morning to lead his cows from the barn to the fields. Every evening he would gather them back into the barn. One evening, as he tied the cows up for the night, the boy found that one of them was missing her rope. It was too late to go buy […]

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Time and Tilt

It was Eugene Peterson, translator of the popular “Message” paraphrase of the Bible, who introduced me to a man named Rick Bass. Rick is a writer, former geologist, and an environmentalist. A child of Texas and a product of that state’s oil fields, Bass now actively works to protect the Yaak Valley, a wild, pristine […]

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