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About Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
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Nov 30, 2014

On Momentum and Doing the Simple Things

See if this sounds familiar: I am sitting here thinking of this really big, important, kind of overwhelming, scary, exciting thing I’m supposed to be doing … and I’m deciding to do something else. In my case, the big thing is a book proposal for an agent who asked to see it. This is like […]

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Nov 16, 2014

Portland’s Beautiful Marquam Mosaic

As it’s explained at the website for the Friends of Marquam Nature Park:

The Marquam Mosaic was created as a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that involved children, families and adults in making a 100′ long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater. The public was invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park.

It’s an utterly charming thing, well-made and professional but retaining little-kid charm. And there’s really nothing much to add, except that the hike to Council Crest, which starts there, is good any time of year.

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Nov 16, 2014

On Motivations, and Honesty With Self

The other day I was headed into a conversation with a friend, when I caught myself getting excited about one particular thing we might be talking about: drama involving other people. Basically, this friend of mine is involved in a situation which I have avoided because of its high potential for drama, but then I […]

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Overreaction? Sure. Doesn't mean it's uncommon.
Nov 09, 2014

Thoughts On Catastrophizing

One of the amazing things about how my mind works, or doesn’t, is its ability to catastrophize. I don’t know how common that word is outside of recovery circles, so I’ll explain briefly. This month I had a $150 expense which I forgot to account for, so a couple days ago when I thought I […]

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Loftus Road Stadium in West London, home of Queens Park Rangers.
Nov 02, 2014

Watching English Soccer: Queens Park Rangers

One of the most amazing things about seeing soccer in England is that stadiums which host top-flight players in one of the world’s greatest leagues are often right in the middle of some residential neighborhood — and the fans are right on top of the pitch. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Loftus […]

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Montefiorale, a typical rest stop on a Tuscan hike.
Nov 02, 2014

My 8 Favorite Places in Tuscany

Every year, I lead a hiking and touring trip to Tuscany, which I like to call “Trails and Tables of Tuscany.” It’s a fantastic mix of walking through the countryside, hiking in the hills, visiting cultural sights, and of course … eating. Here’s a link to the 2014 trip, which was in September, and the 2015 […]

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