In November, 2016, we decided to quit our jobs, sell our house, our cars, and most of our stuff. We bought a van, and six months later we took to the road to try and understand ourselves better and the big things that seem be dividing us as a country. We were both teachers for 30 years. Betsy taught first grade and worked as a reading specialist. Brett taught high school speech and debate for 10 years and was a university communication professor for 20 years.
We traveled all over the country in our van until the Summer of 2018, talking to all kinds of regular people – and high-profile folks from Jeb Bush to Neil deGrasse Tyson – about the big things that divide us, the big things that unite us, and how we can learn to talk to each other better.
After our year on the road, we decided to settle back in our hometown of Springfield, Missouri. We built a house in our old historic neighborhood. Betsy is still working to settle us in. Brett is teaching some courses at Drury University, recording music, and writing (this blog…and eventually a book).
We are considering taking to the road again, as America ramps up for another election.