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  • The end of something really big

    The chance to see a huge dead whale draws "carcass tourists" to the California coast

  • Talking vegetarianism to a hunter

    Talking vegetarianism to a hunter

    An airplane chat between a vegetarian and a hunter yields unexpected common ground, largely over a mutual love and respect for wildlife.

  • Winter Prayer

    Snowshoeing alone at night in the forest, a woman thinks – and prays – about the friends she loves, and the families they worry about.

  • The strange attraction of the “breakfast thing”

    Rob Pudim casts a curious eye on the small-town Western “breakfast thing,” where old codgers gather around a café table to flirt with the waitress and talk about nothing in particular.

  • Isn't it time to bury the hatchet?

    Tired of the rhetorical arguments that pass as conversation these days, the author proposes it’s time to take a blockhead to lunch – and listen to what he has to say

  • Selling peace on the street in Flagstaff, Arizona

    In front of the Flagstaff post office, Mary Sojourner talks to strangers about ending the war in Iraq and feeding the hungry.

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