Secret Places and Hiding Spaces

We all need somewhere to escape

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In almost every aspect, Abilene, Texas and Ventura, California are totally incomparable. The former is my hometown, and the latter my adopted hometown.

As kids in Abilene (proclaimed “the most boring city in America” by comedian Steve Martin) , our most exciting pastime was hunting for horny toads. I caught and released. I loved them, but I wonder if…