We ended up in the middle of the Olustee Battle Festival in Lake City, Florida, quite by accident. It's hard to find a campground on the weekend without a reservation, so we sometimes stealth camp in places like Planet Fitness or Walmart parking lots, or on the street. We ended up downtown amongst the vendors … Continue reading GRAY AREAS
I have this report from nine months on the road across America: There are deranged shooters, bought-and-paid-for politicians, and belligerent internet trolls. There are judgmental, self-righteous, and hateful people out there. But there are more of us than there are of them. More students who are making friends, working hard to get good grades, and … Continue reading #MoreOfUs
A couple of weeks ago, we left Springfield and did a little Western swing to meet three former governors (who've also been ambassadors, congresspeople, Cabinet secretaries, etc.): Dick Celeste in Colorado Springs (former Ohio governor), Bill Richardson in Santa Fe (former New Mexico governor), and Kathleen Sebelius in Lawrence (former Kansas governor). The meetings were … Continue reading TOUR de GOVERNORS
Here's another original song video from the road. I wrote and recorded this while we were back home in Springfield for the holidays. I hope you enjoy it.
If you missed Biz417's "Think Summit" at the Springfield Art Museum yesterday, here's a link to a portion of it on Facebook Live. My speech begins around the 42:25 mark.
We've been "home" in Springfield, Missouri for several weeks, living in borrowed spaces and absorbing the garland and goodwill of friends and family who define what home is for us. Now we're gearing up to hit the road again. We're finished with our planned route, but we'll still be traveling. From here on, we're meeting … Continue reading GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN’
Number of months on the road: 6 Total miles traveled: 18,750 States covered: 43 (and the District of Columbia) Total number of people we’ve met: 611 Average miles per gallon: 16 Number of times we used ridesharing (Lyft or Uber) in a city after we parked and didn’t want to get the van back out … Continue reading GIGANTIC INDEX – DAY 192
According to Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), only 30% of American evangelicals in 2011 thought a person guilty of serious moral failures was fit for significant leadership roles. In 2016, that number rose to 72%...suggesting there is now something other than religious values driving their decision-making. Or, at least their religious values function quite differently … Continue reading TRUE RELIGION
The Tallahassee Democrat tells our story.
As we’ve traveled around the country and met all kinds of people, I’ve become more acutely aware of my cultural privilege. As a middle-class, middle-aged, heterosexual, white dude, I possess an advantage not shared by everyone. I don’t think the facts support the opinion I’ve heard that “white men are the most persecuted group in … Continue reading WHAT TO DO ABOUT #METOO