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“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
—Barry Lopez
(as Badger, in Crow and Weasel)


To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
- e. e. cummings


The Family "Trip"

-----There are many fascinating places in this magical world of ours. There are places with all kinds of intrigue, from placid serenity to historic grandeur. One place which possesses an incredible amount of energy is Las Vegas, Nevada.
The city just never seems to slow down, People move quickly and systematically from show to show, casino to casino. restaurant to restaurant. hotel to hotel, day and night. There are state of the art tennis and golf resorts. active even in the summer heat of the Nevada desert. When that summer sun sets, darkness fails to place its stranglehold on the neon city. Everywhere you look you can find something to dazzle your senses.
-----When I was just a child my family made a stop in this lively city on our way to California. In hopes of simultaneously satisfying the entertainment desires of children and adults alike, we converged on the Circus, Circus Casino. It is a rather large casino with a variety of circus acts taking place high above the gambling floor. All of this is surrounded by a multitude of arcades, shops, and other attractions; a virtual smorgasbord of adventure for all ages.
-----My sister and I were literally overwhelmed by the place with all its glitter, glamour, and glitz. We had the time of our lives! But out of all the wonderfully elaborate things designed to capture children's intrigue (and therefore their parents' money), the grand attraction was a tiny half-inch step just outside the doorway. It literally captivated us as we stood by the newspaper racks for what seemed like hours, waiting for our parents, and watching each person who left the fabulous resort. Beginning with us, about two in every three people who left the building tripped over that tiny obstacle. My sister and I generally shared a childhood filled with the riches of giggles, but that evening we found the pot of gold at the end of laughter's rainbow. I don't know when we have laughed so hard, watching the reactions of all varieties of people as they experienced the misfortune of faulty footing. Never once did we warn a soul, for what then would be our entertainment? But all great things must come to an end. Our parents came out the door, tripped over the little step, and took us away as we laughed our fool heads off!
-----Many years later, my sister was married in Las Vegas. There were many friends and family there and much activity surrounding the wedding. But through all the hustle and bustle, we managed to find ourselves at Circus, Circus in search of that famous side door. With all the major change that had taken place in the city in recent years, we were delighted to find that some places in this worls are still of a sacred enough nature to be unspoiled by progress. The doorway was little used now, but there beneath our feet, our tiny step still remained to greet unsuspecting visitors. I guess some things do last forever after all.

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