• Miles From Monday: Moreton Island

      “Oh, it was very seductive, this tropical thing. Papaya juice in the morning, a chatter of birds, a warm breeze, the changeless rhythm of blue skies and surf pounding, sunsets, nights sprinkled with moonlight. A man could get lost in all this, he thought. A man would need a strong will to keep from

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  • On This Day: Queensland 2000

    February 4, 2012, Washington, DC: Where were you when? Sometimes it’s impossible to remember and other days it’s quite clear. On this day in 2000, I was standing right there in the back of that pickup truck on a Queensland farm, our host tearing through his fields on the hunt for a rogue pig causing

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  • Sydney, My Love

    February 4, 2012, Washington, DC: I have a hunch Sydney would appeal to my grown up self even more┬áthan it did to my college self. I’m certain one weekend spent in Sydney more than a decade ago was insufficient. I’m convinced it’s a place near perfect for the person I am today. If today’s me

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  • A Place to Play: Fraser Island

    “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson February 2, 2012, Washington, DC: It happens. We get older. We can’t find the time. We don’t have the money. We get stuck at work and we stop playing. Playgrounds all over the world are lost on us. And then we wake

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  • At Home in Brisbane

    January 31, 2012, Washington, DC: And this is how we saw Brisbane: At sunrise, the river peeking through the trees in the backyard, rowers from the University of Queensland fitting in a morning workout. More than a decade later, my jaw still drops and I cannot believe I had the good fortune to live there. In

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  • Dear Australia

    January 30, 2012, Washington, DC: Dear Australia, How on earth has it been so long since we met face to face? How it is possible it’s been precisely twelve years to the day since I first boarded that plane headed for Sydney? I remember it well: January 30, 2000, the Superbowl just getting started as

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