Stan Pengelly's Posts

Dog Meat

I am serious when I say that if my dogs and me were trapped in a burning building and my wife could only save me or them that she had better rescue them first. I love dogs, especially our “children”. I grew up with dogs as family members. I can watch a movie where dozens of humans are hurt, carved up, run over, shot or otherwise obliterated and it not bother me.  If, on the o...

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An Hour Well Spent

In Sacramento, California there is an art gallery I love to visit.  It is not huge and it doesn’t have a lot of big-name artists, but I think that is why I like it more than, say, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.  Yeah, sure that is a crazy thing to say because MoMA has art from ultra-famous artists like Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol (a snake-oil salesma...

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Not Because It’s There

I think the most important thing to know about mountain climbing is the motivation for doing it. A greater man than me said he climbed a mountain because it’s there. In August 2000 when I climbed Mt Shasta in northern California my desire was to disobey my aunt. You see, when I was about seven years old, I told her I wanted to climb Mt Shasta and she said it was “too dangerous.” In fact, she said ...

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Field Identification of the American Redneck

          In this blog, I am not the tourist but the tour guide and ethnographer. I was on my way back from ten days of doing Vipassana mediation in Jesup, GA with a fellow meditator from Canada. He needed a ride to the Jacksonville airport and since I was going that way, I gave him a lift. We talked on many subjects but he was most inquisitive about one thing. He wanted t...

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I went with Plan C

Sometimes even Plan B won’t work.  Sometimes ya gotta go with your dead-last choice when traveling. During my trip to Nepal a year ago, I met two very pleasant people from Canada who invited me to visit them.  They knew I was a photographer and that I liked to do night and landscape photography.  Joel and Kathleen described the beauty of Canada and, due to its location in the zone where the ...

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