A fond adieu to 2017

I’ve already told you my Top 20 favorite cultural events for 2017. Now here are a couple of year-ender wrap-up lists that I can’t resist:

My favorite stories of the year

My criteria: It’s completely subjective. I just like how these stories came out. For some, it was the fun in reporting them, and for others the joy in writing them. (Note: Because of my hybrid year — working through May as the Fresno Bee’s arts reporter, and the remainder of the year in my new role at The Munro Review — you’ll find stories from both platforms.) Here they are in chronological order:

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In the moment of totality: my photograph taken from Mary’s Peak in central Oregon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Photo / The Munro Review

In Delphi, a mysterious past provokes navel gazing: In this travel piece from Greece, I visit the strangely moody location where the famed oracles changed the ancient world.

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A Fresno fringe weekend

You can win tickets to “Seattle to Fresno,” the annual mini-fringe event sponsored by the Rogue Festival

Nat Vickers and her bike, Luna, have been through a lot of kilometers together.

More than 25,000, in fact.

The Toronto fringe performing artist will tell you about life with Luna in “Girl on a Bike,” her solo show at the “Seattle to Fresno: Best of Fringe” three-day weekend festival at Mia Studio & Gallery. Vickers took the burgundy colored Norco touring bicycle, which is covered with stickers from places around the world in which the pair has pedaled, on a 7,000 kilometer bike trip across her native Canada. It took them three months.

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Road trip: Nat Vickers and Luna, her bike, traveled across Canada. Photo / Fraser Elsdon

Win tickets to any performance of “Seattle to Fresno”: See details on how to enter below.

She camped along the way, staying in places she figured she wouldn’t be bothered (graveyards were always a good bet), inevitably bumping into fellow travelers and accumulating wacky and poignant vignettes.

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