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Jesse and I were both born in September five years apart. Sometimes it feels like that gulf of five years made all the difference because our upbringings were so different. I was born in Washington DC when my father still held regular jobs and my mother dressed me and my older brother, Christopher, in cute …

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One summer in the mid-1970s, Tommy and I set off on an adventure with Chilton. If Chilton were still alive, he could tell me what year (month, day) he took me and Tommy to stay with him in eastern Washington where he was working in an orchard and living in a small worker’s shack. I’m …

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My brother Jesse loves to eat outside. At restaurants he’ll ask for an outdoor table and is even willing to wait for the privilege. Me? Not so much. It’s not that I’m completely opposed to eating outdoors, it’s more that I have a long list of criteria that must be met if I’m going to …

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My father, Chilton, was born 76 years ago today. He was a man of few possessions so I don’t really have much that was his. I have one of his bandanas, his wallet, the records he kept (see entry number 4), a scrap of paper I removed from his wall of hand-written quips and quotations, …