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Entries from May 2018

The Famed Camino Arrow and ‘Mileage’ Marker

May 31st, 2018 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain

When treading the path of the western world’s greatest pilgrimage, the typical walker cannot help but peek — OK, stare — at the sandy-gray “mileage” markers that helpfully guide everyone along. They serve three functions for those headed to Santiago de Compestela, and the cathedral there.

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Selective Memory on the Camino

May 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain

Both Leah and I had vivid memories of the events of Day 3 during our 2017 pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It was a difficult day for both of us, for different reasons, and both of us had to overcome some trepidation. And did. What was curious about the events of yesterday? Each of us […]

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Make or Break Day on the Camino

May 29th, 2018 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain

I fear today’s walk. I have from the start. Back before I knew I could make it through the first three days. It fills me with dread. It is not particularly famous for being difficult. But this is the day, most likely, that will determine if we get through the final few days of the […]

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The United Nations of El Camino

May 28th, 2018 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain

The pilgrimage to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is one of the modern world’s great multinational cultural/religious events. Nearly two-thirds (64.7 percent) of the 22,067 peregrinos who reached Santiago via the Camino in April of 2018 were foreigners, according to statistics kept by the Pilgrim’s Office. Spaniards provided a numerical plurality, with 35.3 percent […]

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Punished by Day 2 on the Road to Santiago

May 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Pilgrimage, Spain

Let’s start with the statistics. 26.8 kilometers¬† — (16.7 miles) 6.5 hours on the road 41,360 steps That was today on the Camino de Santiago, here in Spain. Added to Day 1, yesterday, that takes our 2018 numbers to 51.7 km, (32.1 miles), 12.6 hours on foot and 79,140 steps. Is that the sound of […]

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Seeing Real Madrid Thrill a Tiny Spanish Town

May 26th, 2018 · No Comments · Champions League, Football, soccer, Spain, World Cup

So, four of us pilgrims set off on the Camino de Santiago this morning, marching 22 kilometers in about seven hours and 37,000 steps. In other news … the little Spanish town where we halted for the day went slightly crazy tonight as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in an eventful Uefa Champions League final. […]

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Walking the Camino … Again!

May 26th, 2018 · No Comments · Barcelona, Pilgrimage, Spain

We are doing the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Again. Once could have been enough, but we are giving “the Camino” another try, a year and a month since we first did it. Why? Because it’s there? A little. But mostly it is about offering some companionship to two of Leah’s dearest college friends. Devout […]

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’21 Books You Don’t Have to Read’

May 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Books

Many of us have strong opinions on X percent of the books we read, perhaps evenly divided between “loved” and “hated”. Several of those in the latter category will tend to come from English classes in high school or college. Assigned reading for our greater edification. Books considered classics, though we may often wonder why. […]

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Don Markham: 1940-2018

May 15th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, Sports Journalism, The Sun

Where to begin? Don Markham. Rebel, loner, iconoclast. Admired, loved, loathed. One of the great football minds to stride across the sport’s stage in the history of Inland Empire prep football, as well as one of the most polarizing personalities. Markham died at age 78 yesterday, and anyone who saw his teams play will remember […]

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The Raptors Shoot Old Yeller

May 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA

I don’t spend a lot of time watching the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. For the longest time they were reliably awful, then they were good in the regular season before tending to run into LeBron James, who tended to run them over. Like this season, when James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Raptors in the […]

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