Sunrise in Kansas

Good morning from Salina, Kansas! I thought I would run out of gas between Colby and Salina, but managed to coast in on fumes. :-) At least Kansas keeps you entertained on those long stretches of highway with billboards: Jesus waving (from at least 6 billboards), Jesus standing in a wheat field, “World’s Biggest Prairie … Continue reading

Honk If You See Me… I’m outta here!

Honk If You See Me… I’m outta here!

Happy Friday, Friends. This will be my last post from ‘home’. I’m rolling out Monday morning, embarking on my cross-country vision quest! This week has been one of second-guessing, irrational fears and odd dreams, including one where I was following a “crazy lady” who had escaped from a mental hospital. :-P Fortunately, my last-minute jitters … Continue reading

Have You Lost Your Mind?

Have You Lost Your Mind?

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”  –Aristotle This week as I was happily mapping my journey, (only 9 days to go!) a message landed in my inbox. It was from someone having a curiously strong reaction to my adventure. I’ve gotten a lot of emails lately, as … Continue reading

Confessions of an Over-achiever

Confessions of an Over-achiever

Someone recently asked me a two-part question: What are you expecting/hoping for, and what are you afraid will happen on this journey? Good question. I answered the latter (getting hit by a semi), but needed to spend a little time thinking about the more important of the two questions. What are my expectations as I … Continue reading

Kentucky Virgin

Kentucky Virgin

No, this post is not about makin’ whoopee in the Bluegrass State. Sorry to disappoint… :-) I’ve been lucky enough to do some traveling in this lifetime. France, England, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Turkey. I lived in the Czech Republic for a while. I also lived in the fine state of Indiana, before they kicked … Continue reading

Road Trip Anxiety

Road Trip Anxiety

[This is third in a series of posts about my upcoming journey / vision quest. To see the first one, click here. For the second, click here.] I’ll be driving approximately 1,600 miles on my journey. I’ve never driven that far– at least not all at once. I’ve had moments of anxiety pop up, moments … Continue reading

The Big Purge: getting rid of possessions

The Big Purge: getting rid of possessions

[This is the second in a series of posts about my upcoming journey / vision quest of sorts. For the first post, click here.] Going Minimal One of my intentions in this transition is to live a more minimalist lifestyle. I’m giving, selling, donating and recycling most of my possessions. In a consumer-driven society this … Continue reading

Hit the Road, Jack (announcement)

Hit the Road, Jack (announcement)

Dear Friends & Readers, I’ll give it to you straight. 2014 has been a rough year. Lots of loss, transition, and yet more loss…Rather than trying to force things to go in a particular direction, I’ve decided to go with the flow and open myself up to something new. I’ll be on the road come … Continue reading

Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Need a little humor tossed into your day? Let me entertain you! My short essay, “Speaking in Tongues” is up at Crack the Spine, issue 116. Adapted from my memoir and layered in dark humor, this slice-of-life from a kid’s perspective explores fanaticism, women’s issues and mental health. Warning: When I read this aloud at my … Continue reading