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  • River Rat 1st Class2015 to presentNew Orleans, Louisiana
    Rafting the lower Mississippi River from Cairo, IL to NOLA. If you’re looking for an expensive, no-frills working vacation—you do all the work while Jim and I ride and fish—this is it.
  • Muleteer2014 to April 1, 2015Grand Canyon Village, Arizona
  • Petrified Forest RangerAugust 31, 2010 to September 24, 2014
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About Tom
  • Some of my favorite people exist only in stories I’ve written. They are fictitious characters, but that doesn’t interfere with our friendship. I never hold a person’s place of origin against her/him.
Favorite Quotes
  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I'll meet you there.
    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.
    ~Rumi

    Life is too important to be taken seriously. ~Oscar Wilde

    We become what we think about. ~Earl Nightingale

    The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. ~Geoffrey Madan

    All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible. ~George Santayana

    The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. ~M. Scott Peck

    Don't always follow the crowd, because nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded. ~ Yogi Berra

    The quality of your questions determines the quality of your answers, and the quality of your answers determines the quality of your life. ~Skip Downing

    There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

    If the world is wrong, then right your own self. ~Dave Gardner

    Truth is not necessarily a function of factuality. ~Rob Riggs

    Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. ~Sir Arthur Eddington

    Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Fear and doubt curl and flake in the heat of a burning desire. ~Tom Hale

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