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John Christopher Hicks

thoughtfully mine, the memoirs

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Understanding Home

I still remember driving into Chiloquin, Oregon, for the very first time. We parked alongside a small road bordering a glassy Williamson River that weaved through the heart of town. Beneath overcast skies, a dusting of snow contrasted amber trees, browning grasses, and rustic homesteads.

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The Genesis of Next

Just like notes on sheet music, orchestrating plans for major life transitions can lead to uncertainty, excitement, and many other peaks of emotion. But it isn’t just my song drawing attention. With numerous friends and acquaintances of near and far having revealed substantial blueprints for change, it’s difficult to keep my eyes forward and not let my feelings get involved in their transitions…

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Oppression by Praise

There come times in your life when you’re able to find your niche in whatever you may do. Whether your job, your role at home, or the person you are outside of it all, you find and make everyone aware of a unique asset you bring to the table. Those around you discover your talent from the outcomes you produce, therefore garnering respect and acknowledgement. But what happens when praise for these routine accomplishments comes too regular? What is regular? Is it actual guilt of praise overuse, or is it truly and meaningfully due each time offered?…

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Achievement, Progress Forevermore

We’re in the thick of the Pacific Northwest winter. Bike rides to work, lunchtime runs under the sun, obsessions with physical appearance, and 9pm sunsets are so far forgotten that just a day without rain brightens our daily outlook and inspires merely a few more minutes of morning workplace weather conversation. While this monotony reigns seven to eight months a year, one of the only personal benefits resulting from the undesirable outdoors is, ironically, the desirability of keeping indoors…

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4th & Madison

In contrast to summer, autumn and winter have never excited me this much before. I am usually the one who is so keen to the slightest changes in the waning of summer and, consequently, agonize at every sign of summer end. I think back to summer here in Corvallis and while it feels like such a blur, just as well I can also confidently attest that I made the most of the season. I utilized every opportunity — every hour, every minute I was given to enjoy everything summer brought…

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To Call it Home

We spend such an extraordinary amount of time in and around our home, community, and city. In the habituality of each day, while we do occasionally sift out a small string of days for vacation, trips other than staycations just turn into fantastical experiences – one-and-done moments of unsustained fun, wonder, sights and sounds of unfamiliar territory…

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