Author: Rick Dancer

Dead Air

The covers of my bed were unusually heavy last night. Restlessness stirred my soul, cluttered my mind and left me longing for the hands on the clock to hit 6am so I could get up and start doing something. Silence, I’m starting to realize, is not something I’m comfortable with. I decided, as I slipped…

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My Misunderstanding of Understanding

I have this misunderstanding about understanding. For some reason I’ve grown up with the idea that people need to understand what I think and feel. It’s almost like a lust for vindication. St Augustine prayed- O lord deliver me from my lust of always vindicating myself. His prayer resonates in my soul. Why do we…

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Oregon Attractions

Kathy and I took a road trip last week that landed us here, one of my favorite places in the Northwest. Anymore, when we head out on a trip we take our bikes with us. A few years ago, we got into Road Biking and now it seems odd if we don’t have our bikes…

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She loves me yeh, yeh, yeh.

This is my mom Betty. I had some time while in Portland today to stop by and see her. I don’t call her to warn her I just stop by. Let me tell you why. When I walk in the room and she hears my voice, she melts. If I called her to tell her…

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Dominos Guy

I don’t know his name. I’d say he’s in his 70’s or maybe he just looks that old but it really doesn’t matter. He’s the Dominos Guy. No, he doesn’t sell pizza; I’m talking about the game Dominos. Dominos Guy always wears the same “Spirit Mountain Casino Jacket”. He has an oxygen tank sitting inches…

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I Shall

I shall really live my day from the beginning to the end. I shall allow for changes in the middle so that the start and finish don’t end up the same or too close together. I shall not over-inflate my day, by adding too much to my “to do list”, to do so only gives…

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It’s the last night before I go home to what? I no longer have a job. My campaign is over and to lose is now part of my resume. Yet, I have no fear in what’s to come. My whole life has been about lists and planning and big picture decisions and here I sit.…

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Party Poopers

Last night Kathy and I showed up at one of the “Hot Spots” in Bend for a few drinks and some dinner. A couple sat next to us at the bar and quickly introduced themselves by saying they voted for me. Even a beard can’t hide someone who just lost a very close statewide race…

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Starting A Club.

To start a club you must first have a common belief. From our common belief we come up with a doctrine, platform or a mission statement and the slippery slope to destruction begins. The next step is rules and regulations. We develop these so that we know who belongs and who doesn’t belong in the…

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Dig it.

This picture is perfect. It describes my life over the past eight months. My computer, my coffee cup, my journals and my bible, and a chair sitting their waiting for me. I’m back, I’ve picked up my shovel and am ready to dig. As I sit here gazing at the Rogue River, the tree’s, and…

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