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 in January, you can watch it here.
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
Total miles traveled: 14,750 Miles into the western loop: 4,569 Approximate number of miles remaining in the official itinerary: 3,382 Chances that will be the end of it, no more miles after that: 0 Hours spent in the van with the engine running: 376 Percentage of time we’ve enjoyed being in the van with the … Continue reading GIGANTIC INDEX – DAY 151
We spent an incredible week in Washington, D.C., where we stayed with our old friend, Stephanie Schierholz. Stephanie just returned to her job as Lead Communicator for Human Spaceflight at NASA, after completing a term as Press Secretary for the space agency. She introduced us to a range of fascinating people and experiences in our … Continue reading GETTING READY TO GET DOWN