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New Directions

Posted by johnnieraz on January 2, 2021 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

     Typically flipping the calendar year calls for review and reflection, but since we are collectively mired in the middle of this pandemic, that hardly seems appropriate.

     Still, the obsessive optimist inside my noggin always looks and forges ahead while appreciating what has passed.

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Two Worlds, One Mind

Posted by johnnieraz on December 26, 2020 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Missy Giove

Alison Sydor

EDITOR'S NOTE:Looking through some memories of past Decembers and this fun tale popped up from 1995.

By John Rezell

Outside Austin, Texas

...

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Thanks, Jake

Posted by johnnieraz on December 19, 2020 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (3)

     EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an excerpt from my ebook A Bucket List of Thank Yous, a series of Thank You essays to people who have helped make me who I am today.

     By John Rezell

     If you’re really luck...

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My Brother from Another Mother

Posted by johnnieraz on December 11, 2020 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

     Most days I glide on my bike through the Basket Slough headed to farther points of interest in search of a good, hard workout, but yesterday I felt overcome with the urge for a more pedestrian pace through this National Wildlife Refuge.

     I took my time, relaxing to soak...

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Blinding Comfort Memories

Posted by johnnieraz on December 5, 2020 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

    

By John Rezell

     Nostalgia appears to be rampant during these days of Covid, those of us born of a once dynamic and inspirational generation somehow losing that fire in our eyes that thankfully has been rekindled recently in the eyes of America's Millenials who are hellbent on guaranteeing tha...

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What Readers are Saying About My Book

Posted by johnnieraz on December 1, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

      I find it fascinating that the visitors to my website and my friends on Facebook have always responded to me in direct, private messages rather than filling the Internet with public comments. I love that intimate relationshi...

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After the Fire

Posted by johnnieraz on November 28, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Plenty of Thanks to Go Around

Posted by johnnieraz on November 24, 2020 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


By John Rezell

     When I made that final decision to click on PUBLISH and share some of my deepest heartfelt thoughts with the world in my ebook A Bucket List of Thank Yous, a sense of relief and fulfillment washed over me.

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Excerpt: A Bucket List of Thank Yous

Posted by johnnieraz on November 21, 2020 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

     I'm fascinated with the question: How did I become who I am?

     A Bucket List of Thank Yous represents part of my personal insight into some of those answers.

   ...

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New Release: A Bucket List of Thank Yous

Posted by johnnieraz on November 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)


By John Rezell

       I'm thrilled to say it's official: My latest ebook A Bucket List of Thank Yous has been published and is available on many ebook platforms includ...

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Your Chance to Say Thank You

Posted by johnnieraz on November 14, 2020 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

     The true magic of Mother Nature springs to life while I spend countless hours outdoors, hiking and biking. Vast breathtaking vistas, deep breaths of fresh air and overwhelming silence transport my mind to a magical place.

   &...

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Thankful My Optimism Lives

Posted by johnnieraz on November 7, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


By John Rezell

     Just maybe, that extra hour of 2020 made all the difference in the world.

     Just maybe the end of Daylight Savings Time became our saving grace.

     At least thatR...

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Off the Trail

Posted by johnnieraz on October 31, 2020 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (1)

By John Rezell

     Don't get me wrong, I certainly enjoyed having warm, sunny days well into October this year. Whether that is Global Warming or just a sweet gift from Mother Nature in an otherwise wild year, time will tell.

      It did, how...

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Staying Sane in a Crazy Time

Posted by johnnieraz on October 24, 2020 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

    Strange how life spins in circles of chaos, yet I bathe in an aura of peace and serenity.

     Jimmy Thesaurus and I were wasting away some time in our hotel room on the fifth floor of a h...

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Mother Nature's Deathly Silence

Posted by johnnieraz on October 17, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)


By John Rezell

     Deathly silent takes on a new meaning as my gut wrenches while wandering through the forest laid bare by fire.
     Blackened scrags of Douglas Firs, Hemlocks and Ponderosa P...
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Holy Cow!

Posted by johnnieraz on October 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

By John Rezell

     After climbing a gravel mountain road for more than 90 minutes enduring countless cow encounters on the open range, the trailhead sign finally appeared at the end of the road.

     You call this a trail?

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I got the message

Posted by johnnieraz on October 3, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

By John Rezell

     My true belief is that people think too much. We spend too much time with the past or future flooding our brains that we sometimes miss the value of the present. This is especially true when messages come our way.

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Call of the Wild

Posted by johnnieraz on September 26, 2020 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Wild Oregon Huckleberries


By John Rezell

     Exploration emerges as the heartbeat of our summer of chaos, providing the lifeblood to allow my soul to thrive.

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Never the Same Again

Posted by johnnieraz on September 19, 2020 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Fire damage on Highway 242 from a 2017 fire. Copyright photo by John Rezell


By John Rezell

     Three years had passed since I last drove up the Aufderheide Byway. On my way to score a Labor Day campsite, it was my first look at the...

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All Choked Up

Posted by johnnieraz on September 12, 2020 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Waterfall on the Breitenbush Trail that most likely doesn't look anything like this anymore. Copyright photo by John Rezell



By John Rezell

      In this most distressing year of our time, Mother Nature’s O...

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