Showing posts from February, 2010


The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. - St. Augustine
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. - Robert Louis Stevenson

We renewed the boys' passports this month. It will be Nathan's third passport and Benjamin's second. I can't tell which is stronger: the sorrow over a cancelled passport that was filled with stamps and visas from all over the world, or the excitement over a fresh, clean passport filled with blank pages, ready to be used up.

I went to a party last night, and brought home (of all things) this globe. I spin it around and it makes me want to pack my bags and go... somewhere. At the party I met a woman who bought airfare to Spain on a whim. As the date of her departure nears, she is fretting a bit over this rash act. I spent half an hour talking to her and telling her about my experiences in Spain, and travel in general. How even the worst travel experiences (an…


In college I had a brief stint as a political activist. I went around, registering people to vote and persuading them to sign a petition for reform in the auto insurance industry. I wasn’t a complete failure at it, as I did return quite a few signatures and voter registration forms, getting paid for each one. My weakness was getting into conversations with the people instead of just getting them to sign on the dotted line then moving to the next person. Most of my conversations revolved around things like civic duty and the fact that in America we can actually change laws and bring about change through petitions and the political process. It wasn't enough that I got their signature, I wanted everyone to grasp the broader meaning behind what they were signing. When my resulting paycheck was about a quarter of that of my coworkers who had worked the same number of hours as I, it was time to hang up my clipboard for good and move on to a different job.

Flash forward 16 or so years, a…

This Boy

Nathan. My first born. That I love so much. That gave me gray hairs within a week of his birth. This boy has taken to wearing black from head to toe, gazing off into the distance, and sighing deeply. I've said for years that he is my brooding artist, and lately the brooding part has increased. But his artistic output has also increased. He has to keep a writing journal for school, and when he shares it with me, I have to physically put a hand over my mouth to keep from loudly squealing with delight at the amazing stories and observations he creatively strings together in its pages. Instead, I nod my head, hand it back, and say Dude, that wascool, thanks for sharing.
As far as the wearing of black, I'm not a good role model for Nathan in this area. About six months ago, I went through my closet and drawers and gave away everything I hadn't worn within the last year. The remaining clothes were predominantly black.
When I go shopping, I really do try to buy things that aren…

February 14th

Happy Fish and Chips Day! Here's our delicious, deep fried dinner.
Benjamin sent us this Valentine in the mail from school. It says: Roses are RAD, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And you are too. Happy Valentine's Day Love, Ben
I adore that it says, "Roses are RAD." When I read it aloud, he said that it was supposed to say RED. But Rose is my last name so I kinda like the fact that he thinks it's rad!