Tuesday, September 28, 2021

11 Years Ago Today: I Went Rootless


Milkweed seed pod, Missouri. October 2010.
Milkweed seed pod, Missouri. October 2010.


I birthed this blog on September 28, 2010.

In September 2011: I was in Tsalaskuri, Caucasus Georgia

In September 2012: Alamogordo, New Mexico.

In September 2013: About to relocate to South Louisiana.

In September 2014: Lafayette, Louisiana.

In September 2015: Opelousas, Louisiana.

In September 2016: El Paso, Texas.

In September 2017: Transitioning from El Paso to Ferguson, Missouri.

In September 2018: Preparing to leave Ferguson for Tucson, Arizona.

In September 2019: Tucson, Arizona.

In September 2020: COVID World ... and Birmingham, Alabama


I don't know what the future holds, of course.

My current game plan is that I will root myself when I turn 70 so that I can begin the construction of my aging-in-place, third act. 

Some time between now and then, possibilities include:

  • A spell with the Peace Corps
  • Resuming my original rootless plan of relocating yearly in other countries instead of staying in the U.S.
  • A year (or six months?) as a tenting fulltimer
  • Volunteering for a season at a national park or monument in exchange for accommodations
  • Housesitting for a few months in different places instead of my current yearlong tourist-in-residencies





Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Word of the Year: Joy 9: A Tomato and Onion Sandwich

Tomato and sweet onion sandwich. August 2021.
Tomato and sweet onion sandwich. August 2021.


Is there not something joyful about a simple tomato and onion sandwich? 

Especially if the tomato is from a home garden. 

My descendant does not like tomatoes, but she has them in her garden. I was the lucky recipient of a day's harvest. 

When an earthy, red tomato rests momentarily on your tongue, it is the warmth of a summer afternoon sun that rests there. This is mighty fine. 

Add the crunch of a sweet onion, the soothing scratch of toasted bread, and the black pepper kick, well, now you've got some joy. 


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