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 […]

More road trip fun: Houses of Georgia

We’ve spent a fair amount of time in our travels gawking at houses along the way. Big and small; old and new. Fabulously restored and completely ignored. City. Country. Everything in between. I’ve found that trying to identify the styles and types of houses we see is an interesting lens for understanding the historic, cultural, […]

The short and colorful life of the Conch Republic

In Florida, the closer you get to Margaritaville, the more the population skews Peter Pan. While much of northern and western Florida is occupied by retirees and snowbirds, the further southeast you go, the younger the population seems to get. Like a lot of beachy areas, divers, surfers, and those pursuing laid back, I-don’t-want-to-grow-up lifestyles […]

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Pondering Florida’s contradictions

Every state is full of contradictions, made up as they are of human beings. But Florida’s incongruities are glaring. Florida is overrun with people and cars; so why is there only one freeway in the state? In the absence of freeways, the speed limits are high on the streets and roads; people drive really fast, weaving in and […]

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Mr. Smalls’ big break

As a mother, I’d like to believe I have had some influence on the quality of my child’s character. I’d love to think that my values and choices set a good example; that my own blind spots haven’t put him into therapy; that I put inspiring opportunities in my son’s path that helped shape the moral, […]