Ernest feeds the chickens, Alberta 1923

Chicken Farm

When I was 6 years old we moved out to a 20 acre spread in Springbank, a rural area west of Calgary, Alberta, towards the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.The nearest kid my age was Billy Young, who lived about a mile away by field, or 2 miles…
Bart & Bernice
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The Old Man & the Wedding

My stepfather and I had not talked in 14 years. Our relationship had never been that terribly close because we're both suspicious, distrustful characters, and we'd both given up on each other by the time I got to be about 10 years old.My little…
Burned wood, Griffith Park


It's not quite been a year since my friend Buck dared me to run the LA Marathon with her. It had been almost 30 years since I last ran in earnest. For 20 of those 30 years I'd lived a life someone else described as a "bad Larry Clark…
Me, Cyprus, 1977

400 Meters

400 meters was my race. For a few years in my teens, I did not lose at that distance. Every race went the same. I'd come out of the second turn and hit the final straight having just pulled into the lead. As I'd pull away, I'd hear cheers.…