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Albert Barlow

Articles by Albert Barlow

Bill Walton was the biggest Deadhead in the world

Basketball great and San Diego icon Bill Walton died on May 27. The next day, sports commentator John Canzano posted an interview clip on TikTok in which he asked Walton how many Grateful Dead concerts …

July 10, 2024
San Diego man writes The Grand Voyage of Cancer

I knew it couldn’t last. I had spent the first half of the year on an almost absurd winning streak. My endeavors seemed blessed in every way. My daughter had won the boyfriend lottery. Business …

July 3, 2024
Why you climb El Cajon Mountain at night

As I make my way up the long and very dark climber’s trail toward El Cajon mountain, I can’t help but think of ghosts. Part of it is the place: there’s another path up to …

Water man warns of danger from below

Rain tends to be welcomed in San Diego. It’s a desert! There’s a drought! The reservoirs are low! Soon we’ll be rationing! But then recent storms in San Diego flooded both homes and businesses. Not …

February 28, 2024
A conversation with the Rational Voice in Thunder Canyon Cave

On October 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a story with the headline, “Woman rescued after being stuck in cave in East County for 16 hours.” The story related that the woman, 29, was “in …

November 22, 2023
Afton Canyon: Grand Canyon of the Mojave

Often called the Grand Canyon of The Mojave, Afton Canyon is a little-known gem along the road to Vegas, excellent for a pit stop or a quiet camping trip (never mind the trains; they're part …

Darkness and Light in Rwanda

I was the only one in the vehicle awake, excluding the driver. There were four of us. Two were snoring loudly, and I was trying to read my book and failing. Perhaps because of the …

Kibuye, Rwanda: Three Days Out of Thirty

MONDAY I could write for hours, but I am toast. The Kibuye stadium is being torn down; the walls are gone and only a portion of the stands remain. It is best that the horrible …

March 12, 2013
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