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Instructions

Journal your trip with Day One.

Much has been written about the positive juju generated from journaling. Keeping a record of your trips away and jotting down experiences and impressions is a great way to capture the essence of those adventures for future reflection and reference. It also comes in handy when trying to remember that cool spot you stayed at […]

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Journal

What the heck do I do with this blog?

With the end of the year looming, I thought I would take a moment of self-indulgent introspection to ponder the substance of this blog and think about what I should do with it….moving forwards as they say. Right now shojiwax.com is kinda drifting around in a sort of journal format.It covers my travel experiences, my interest […]

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Journal

Ch 1: a shitty first draft.

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, […]

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Journal poetry

The story that could be true

Happy birthday to my dad today! Love you. And a hat tip to Phil for this poem: The story that could be true. If you were exchanged in the cradle and your real mother died without ever telling the story then no one knows your name, and somewhere in the world your father is lost […]

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Travel

Jonathan Livingston

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.–Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Found objects

The book.

Everyone likes a mystery right? Here is a small one. My parents have this tiny handmade book that has come down through our family. It sits in a silver box in their lounge room…pretty much unexamined over the years. It has some water damage, and the binding glue has degraded through the spine. Some of […]

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Journal

The NOW page.

I am not really very active on social media at the moment. So apologies to anyone who has left a message or comment there for me.Sure, I post links to stuff I have written, but I’m really not consuming anything that Facebook or Twitter or Instagram has to offer.I really do feel it is time […]

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Found objects

Who shot JKF? Spoiler alert.

If, like me, you are a little prone to oil your jaded, skeptical and perhaps just a little too gullible opinions on the workings of big government with a nice juicy conspiracy theory or two, I think you will really enjoy this article by Jamie Palmer in the online magazine Quillette. In My misspent Years […]

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poetry

Night Storm.

Awake. For a while now. … Counting out callipers between the PUNCH-LIGHT … that chalks the bedroom in a Blitzlicht flash. and and and BOOM —- shaking the earth. rolling out thickly to the north. … Then it comes. leeward slanting rain stings on windows rattles in gutters I can feel the thickness of it. […]