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Damien by Geneva Chao

I always wanted to see the greatness of America. Fruited plains, purple mountain’s majesty, amber waves. We didn’t travel much, but when I got old enough, I took off. Caught a bus to California, hopped a freight train to Santa Fe. Hitchhiked north, looking…

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Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests,

but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.

Matthew 8:20

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