Guy L. Pace

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Poor Choices

Poor Choices People sometimes make poor choices. Sometimes they turn out okay. Sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately, our history is full of people who made poor choices and/or led others to bad ends. We learn about the Donner Party in school, and how poor choices all along their way across the West brought them to the Continue Reading

Perception and Reality

Perception and Reality Writing involves perception and reality. How we perceive things and how things really are. On the one hand, we might be like William H. Packwood, who thought that bringing water to the Willow Creek Drainage in Malheur County in Oregon would be a great idea. His perception was that gold miners in Continue Reading

Craft

It’s About the Craft Writing is a craft. An art. A skill you hone and improve with practice and time–seasoned with blood and tears. When you first start writing, your clumsy, stilted prose dribbles down the page. Your words flow in sluggish sentences with passive verbs and all to many adverbs. Your dialog shouts with too Continue Reading

Small

Small is Beautiful These days, I’m amazed at how small things can get. What used to need more carrying capacity, now fits into a small bag. I’m packing for a trip. My sleeping bag compresses into a very small bag. My sleeping mat and pillow go into a smaller bag. Cooking and other necessities take Continue Reading

The Unknown

The Unknown You probably heard of or read the poem by Robert Frost of “The Road Not Taken.” It is sweet poetry and one most of us heard in school. My take is a little different. Any road traveled leads to the unknown. You can never predict what you’ll find around the next curve, or Continue Reading

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