Five little movies to trip the U.S. with us!

It’s been a month now since we returned to Birch Bay, on July 30th, after 14 months on the road, and I’ve just finished five little movies with highlights from our Tin Can Tour. Each covers a broad region of the country that we explored: eight or ten states in just 15-25 minutes! If you want to […]

Along the way: The Southwest and the rest of the West

I’m sitting down to start this last “Along the way” blog on our last night along the way—our last before we arrive back in Birch Bay, WA, tomorrow (on July 30). We’re both feeling slightly stunned that it’s over. It still feels a bit like we’re just getting started; that is, until we look back […]

I’m seeing signs from God

What are churches trying to say with the sayings on their readerboards? Driving around the country (and not just in the bible belt) I’ve seen signs that try to recruit new churchgoers. Spark drive-by divine inspiration. Post biblical blurbs for believers. Guilt trip the sinners among us. Take sides on the issues of the day. And even one-up the […]

Posted in Exploring, The South

17 Minutes down the Music Highway

Tag along with us down the Music Highway: from Nashville to Acadiana! About ten years ago I started dreaming about going to the Mississippi Delta to listen to blues music where it was born. Bruce thought it was pretty funny that I imagined I could just drive down a dirt road somewhere and hear some old guy pickin’ on […]

Along the way: The South—God, guns, and grits

I’ve long been curious about the Deep South. We Yankees hold many prejudices about the region: friendly, drawling people and soulful music; confederate flags and conservative Christians; fried chicken, and Fried Green Tomatoes. I know I’m not going to do more than scratch the surface of the place by visiting for a couple of months. But I […]

Going the way of My Old Kentucky Home

When we drove into rural eastern Kentucky from Tennessee, I remarked to Bruce that it was amazing how many junkyards there are in the area. Then I saw that those weren’t junkyards—they were just yards around people’s houses. Some (not all of course) were strewn with every kind of discard—rusty appliances, tires and cars and parts […]

Posted in Finding history, The South

Rowing on the Railroad

The home at 92 S. State Route 559 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is a sweet old house—built in 1855 by Anson Pearl Howard, the homestead became known as Lazy Man’s Rest. There are a few Ansons in the Howard family—including our son, Tait Anson Cummings Howard. Anson Pearl Howard, Bruce’s great, great grandfather, was a farmer by occupation. He also […]