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The thoughts of writer John Rezell, who will write about anything, anytime, anywhere. So pay attention.

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Good Night Now

Posted by johnnieraz on February 16, 2022 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (503)

Sorry to say with the acquisition of my original provider by VistaPrint, I'm closing down this blog. I've made numerous calls to VistaPrint to correct issues with this to no avail. Even worst, I can't stop the spam comments. What a terrible experience. All the Best — John Rezell

My Brother from Another Mother

Posted by johnnieraz on February 14, 2022 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (20)

By John Rezell

     Most days I glide on my bike through the Baskett Slough headed to farther points of interest in search of a good, hard workout, but yesterday I felt overcome with the urge for a more pedestrian pace through this National Wildlife Refuge.

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Wakeup Call of 9/11

Posted by johnnieraz on September 11, 2021 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (577)

By John Rezell

     The soft morning light slowly unveils my long shadow dancing on the asphalt in front of me as I crest the short hill on my bicycle. Careless and free with elbows jutting outward from my handlebars, my silhouette swings back and forth, left and right — a rhythmic pattern in-sync with my effortless breathing — like Dorothy's Scarecrow skittering up the Yellow Brick Road, off to see the Wizard.

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The Amazing Human Spirit

Posted by johnnieraz on May 27, 2021 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (692)

Me and my mullet interviewing Clark Sheehan after his amazing breakaway victory. Copyright photo by John Rezell


EDITOR'S NOTE: My brother faces some challenging days ahead, so I thought I would revisit this excerpt from my book "A More Simp...

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The Beauty of Dog Years

Posted by johnnieraz on May 8, 2021 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (875)

By John Rezell

     I’ve often wondered about the concept of dog years, although never enough to actually research how or why we multiply an earthly number of years by seven to understand how old our canine companions might be.

...

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The Essence of the Ride

Posted by johnnieraz on May 8, 2021 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (37)

By John Rezell

     Some days the clouds appear to leap away from bright blue skies, demanding attention.

     Some days vibrant colors of stunning yellow mustard flowers, deep red clover or crystal wh...

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M-M-My Generation

Posted by johnnieraz on May 1, 2021 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (445)


By John Rezell

      I've never felt old.

      Not when the first gray hair emerged.

      Not when my daughters turned 18 and 20.

  ...

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Reviving the Soul

Posted by johnnieraz on April 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (25)

By John Rezell

     Warm rays of sunlight caress my cheeks with the sweet scent wafting off bright pink Plum buds, then swirling in my head as I pedal down along the Willamette River bike path.
     These s...
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My Quest is Simple

Posted by johnnieraz on April 10, 2021 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (19)

By John Rezell

      Somewhere along the line joy became my goal in life.

      Not fortune.

      Not fame.

  ...

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OK, You Asked for It

Posted by johnnieraz on April 3, 2021 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (38)

Editor's Note: So listen, it goes like this: An author offers an excerpt from a book so readers get excited about it and buy the book — not so readers get intrigued and email for said author to share more for free. But hey, I know, it has been a rough year or so, and ...

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A Tribute to Those Who Changed My Life

Posted by johnnieraz on March 27, 2021 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (34)

By John Rezell

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an excerpt from the opening chapter of my book "A More Simple Time: How Cycling Saved My Soul."  Just why did my soul need saving? When Hank Gathers died on the basketball court on March 4, 1990 it shook me to my core. I knew Hank quite well from covering him for two years and spending a lot of time interviewing him for an in...

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Blinding Comfort Memories

Posted by johnnieraz on March 20, 2021 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (40)

    

By John Rezell

     Nostalgia appears to be rampant during these days of Covid, those of us born of a once dynamic and inspirational generation somehow losing that fire in our eyes that thankfully has been rekindled recently ...

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My Madness endures

Posted by johnnieraz on March 20, 2021 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (20)

By John Rezell

     There are times in everyone's life, I assume, that they pause and warmly remember a moment that prompts them to fondly recall, "I'll never forget it. It changed my life."

     I say I assume this bec...

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The Beauty of Authenticity

Posted by johnnieraz on March 13, 2021 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (18)


By John Rezell

     I arrived In Redlands that early March not sure what to expect. I quickly realized I was not alone.

     Many years had passed since the Redlands Cl...

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A Reminder of Who I am

Posted by johnnieraz on March 6, 2021 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (17)


By John Rezell

     It's downright entertaining how we change throughout our course in life. I'm tempted to say we evolve, but, at least in my case, that might be a bit of a stretch.

     I think about life as a yo...

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On the Wings of Eagles

Posted by johnnieraz on February 20, 2021 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (667)

By John Rezell

     Gliding up the slight gravel hill through the belly of the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, I leave behind the smattering of bird watchers along the edge of the wetlands. They peer through binoculars or hefty telephoto len...

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An Unforgettable Ride

Posted by johnnieraz on February 13, 2021 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (83)

A year after my bike ride from San Fransisco to San Diego, I rode from San Fransisco to Los Angeles with two of my brothers. Copyright photo by John Rezell


By John Rezell


EDITOR'S NOTE: As the anniversary of publishing my first...

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The Most Amazing Thing ...

Posted by johnnieraz on February 6, 2021 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wild flowers bloom on the Glacier View trail outside

Wenatchee, Washington. Photo by John Rezell

By John Rezell

From the Glacier Trail

     The views of wild flowers flowing up and down the rolling hills as they seemingly come alive, reaching up to majestic peaks sometimes b...

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Two Worlds, One Mind

Posted by johnnieraz on January 23, 2021 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (440)

 

Missy Giove

Alison Sydor

EDITOR'S NOTE:Looking through some memories of past Decembers and this fun tale popped up from 1995.

By John Rezell...

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Thanks, Jake

Posted by johnnieraz on December 19, 2020 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (23)

     EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an excerpt from my ebook A Bucket List of Thank Yous, a series of Thank You essays to people who have helped make me who I am today.

     By John Rezell

     If you’re really luck...

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