Beating the Beast


In Sickness and In Health

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My inner voice was screaming. I am REALLY bad at remembering dates. I don’t have a clue as to my parents’ birthdays (I think my mother’s is in June, my Dad’s in May, maybe), their anniversary (February?), my sister’s birthday (May?). I do recall my brother’s birthday was in September. There are dates I really…



In God We Trust

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I am, as best as I can describe it, a Roman Catholic.  I was raised in the church, have had all the appropriate sacraments for a person of my age, and attend mass (most of the time).  I would be most accurately described as a “cafeteria Catholic”.  That is, I pick and choose those Catholic…



What To Do When You’re Blind in One Eye

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I’ve had a lot of mishaps while riding my bike. I’ve… Fallen over, Been sworn at, Been cut off by cars, Been forced off the road by a car, Ridden into pot holes, Had spokes break, Been bitten by bugs, Had a truck tire blow out about 20 yards behind me, Gotten sun burn, Run…



The Cancer Kicker

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Dylan Trakas had a long bike ride ahead of him. He was in Bellingham, Washington. The ride was going to end in Charlestown, South Carolina, 3997 (not 4000) miles away. College was over and he had no bills to pay. Dylan was looking for an adventure he could look back on in his future, more…