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The heat was hot and the ground was dry. Not sure why that lyric from America’s Horse with No Name floated through my brain as I sat down to write this post. Perhaps it was the heat of the past two days. Or the humid air flowing in the windows as the clock leans toward […]

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Promotion The clock is ticking.  Only 35 days until I hang my show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.  Time is slipping away and there’s still much to do.  Finished a batch of show announcements today and started to place them around town.  The stack in the photo was at the Pump Station Cafe.  Plan […]

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Boalsburg Moto Hang At 3am my mind wanders.  Should be sleeping.  A rise for a drink of what has the brain turning again and creating a mental checklist of things to do and others to avoid.  The joys of thoughts in the middle of the night. Today is the Boalsburg Moto Hang — this episode […]

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Perceptions of Scooters When I dream of riding, it’s always off-road. The Vespa GTS scooter in the garage seems diametrically opposed to common cultural beliefs of what is necessary to ride away from the pavement and civilization. The Vespa scooter off-road seldom (if ever) graces the pages of motorcycle magazines that depict far flung adventures […]

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Announcing a Scooter in the Sticks Photography Show In 63 days there’ll be an opening reception for my photography show at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in State College, Pennsylvania.  It will take place on Friday, August 3, from 5 to 8pm. The show will run from August 3 – 26. For more details and […]

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Empty and Alone Given the option, in most situations I choose to be alone. Finding Saint’s Cafe nearly empty at 9am on a weekend because Penn State is on break is a gift. It’s the same with my Vespa — I embrace the quiet ride. Watery Routes Departed Saint’s under a light rain and empty […]

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Appreciating the Evening As the daylight lingers a little longer each day the drastic cooling that takes place in winter and early spring slowly goes away.  And suddenly I realize I’m riding on warm nights.  Completely comfortable physically seems to allow more focused attention on the air — the warmth as it flows across my […]

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Riding on Dirt, Gravel and Remote Backcountry Roads I do a fair share of my riding on unpaved roads.  Not exactly the target marketing segment for Piaggio.  But there’s something soothing and restorative about wandering alone away from the thrum of civilization.  I’ve been content to ride wherever time and opportunity permits with little thought […]

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Rainy Morning I was glad I decided to wear my winter riding jacket on this cool, wet morning. It would be mid-afternoon before the temperature rose to the point where I found it necessary to open the jacket vents. And it would also be clear that the ride was a treasure of experience. Arriving at […]

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Morning Glow It’s difficult to identify the exact moment when my mistrust of a machine is born. It’s certain though to prey on the mind and from there the brain wanders toward thoughts of failure and catastrophe. And from that nervous vantage point I can see the purchase of something new. I missed my smooth […]

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