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Where in the World is Kelsey?

You never know where in the world Kelsey will turn up or why he is there. He went to Bangladesh because his underwear was made there. He went to Romania to spend the night alone in Dracula’s Castle. And no one is sure why he went to Kosovo. He claims it was to PlayStation, but that doesn’t make any sense at all, does it?
Lucky for you, to win a HD Video Flip camera plus a few Frommer’s travel guides all you have to do is guess Kelsey’s secret location, not his motives.  Each week you’ll be presented with photo of the location and…

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Kelsey Timmerman "Tag Checker"

JD Schuyler is a young (younger than me) videographer based in Indianapolis.  As a videographer and storyteller, I think he’s destined for big things.  Currently one of those big things is Stories From the Border:

…footage of undocumented migrants, healthcare providers, NGO workers, religious members and citizens of marginalized communities…an effort to present the depth and breadth of issues that surround the U.S./Mexico border… documenting the issues that seem almost omnipresent along the border…highlighting the efforts of those working to respond to these issues.

JD and I have been in touch since he contacted me after reading WAIW.  He accompanied me on a visit to the Zionsville Library and made this video (now go subscribe to his YouTube Channel or face the wrath of the Tag Checker!):

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Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN.

Sponsor: The Sponsor of the “Where Am I Wearing” sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is Wiley Publishing, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (“Sponsor”).

Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 States of the United States and DC, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers and representatives of Sponsor and its related companies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and agents (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such individual (whether related or not) are not eligible. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and…

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I'm not running alone.

Whelp, today is the day I run the NYC marathon. You can follow me by going to the ING NYC Marathon’s site. My bib # is 33809. Also, I will be posting photos of the day’s events to my twitpic account.

It’ll be me taking each step, but so many have supported me and my cause. I feel like I’m running for a with a whole bunch of folks.

Annie, as always has been a saint. Since June I’ve either been running or recovering from a run every Saturday. On occasion I did milk my “recovering” excuse to watch football. Sorry, Annie.

Harper has been my training partner. I’ve pushed her hundreds of miles around the city of Muncie and she didn’t complain once.

Steph,…

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Happy Halloween!

Annie’s cousin Steph sent this to Annie and I thought I’d share it. I’m the mad scientist, Annie is Frankenstein’s bride, Steph is the werewolf, Julie is Frankenstein, and Annie’s Grandma Betty is Dracula.

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Patriotism in my pants

The new Levi’s commercial is well done.  I mean how can you go wrong with Walt Whitman and sprinklers?  But I can’t help think that it’s a bit ironic that there isn’t a single Levi’s factory left on American soil.  The Levi’s I tracked down were Made in Cambodia.

An excerpt from “Where Am I Wearing?”

There is no such thing any more as a Levi’s factory. There hasn’t been since the 2004 closure of their last domestic plant in San Antonio, Texas. The company no longer produces jeans or any other type of clothing. They are a brand only. They design products, place orders with factories like the Roo Hsing Garment Factory

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A note to the officer who handed me a $215 speeding ticket

I forgive you.

I forgive you for being a jackass.

Sure, “jackass” might be harsh, but how else do you explain a cop that lies in wait on I-80 just beyond the point where the speed limit changes from 70 to 45 before a toll area and pulls over a dog-loving writer on his way to give a free talk at a library?

You broke a law too you know? It was still dark and when you followed me into the toll, you didn’t even have your headlights on.

It was dark, but I could see you. Don’t go thinking that you were “tailing” me or something. I’m sure that day-after-day of picking off motorists who are searching for change to pay the toll and don’t decelerate fast enough gets…

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A question to ponder while I'm on the road

Today I’m speaking to a sold out crowd at the Friends of the Amherst Library’s Annual Author Luncheon. I’ll be gone all day. It’s a 4.5 hour drive. I have to be there by 11, which means I have to get up WAY too early. By the numbers: I’ll be driving 9 hours to speak for 1.

That said, I’m really looking forward to it.

Here’s your question:

If you could go anywhere that was a 4.5-hour trip (plane, train, or automobile) away, where would you go? (Bet it’s not Amherst!) Post in the comments below and/or tweet me @kelseytimmerman (I need something to keep me busy while I drive clear across Indiana and Ohio!)…

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Before you finish eating breakfast, you've depended on more than 1/2 the world

“Why should we care about the people who make our clothes?”

This was the first question of the first interview I did after my book came out. It was such a simple question, but I struggled to answer it. I stumbled around and said something about how connected we all are. But just today I stumbled upon what I really wanted to say.

From Martin Luther King’s “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” (1967)

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think…

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