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  • Like many parts of the world, in my little corner of the central Arizona mountains, March is the time when the seasons tussle for the lead of the dance. Warming days bring the first wave of flowers, the daffodils, yet, like today, a cold front can cover them with snow.

    They go on.

    By afternoon, the sun spreads warmth. More than just pretty, with a resiliency I could use today, the daffodils return to their sentry position.

    We would get a real snowfall again in a few weeks, by then submerging the tulips and threatening early flowers on the apple tree

    They go on.

    By late summer, for the first time in three years, that tree will have produced a bumper crop of green apples, perhaps the largest harvest since I have owned this place. I would be away, although returning in November, I could still fill more than 6 buckets of fruit.

    The flowers, the trees, the seasons.

    They go on.

    As do I.

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    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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