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Month: November 2017

My Saturday Morning Guys

My Saturday Morning Guys

For some inexplicable reason, I kept finding myself at Yazoo Pass in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Saturday mornings. Each Saturday I would see these men having coffee. By the third week, after seeing me — and my van — numerous times, they started asking me about me, life in my RAM van, and the high schoolers who sent me. The week after sending one of them a link to Zach’s Cascade Campers website, I overheard him telling the others all about…

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Dorothy & my dinner with the senator

Dorothy & my dinner with the senator

My time in Mississippi was spent traversing the northern region meeting people throughout the delta. Each person I met would send me on to someone else,  often in completely different region of the state. Because of the RAM van, I was able to change course in a moment since I wasn’t tied to any hotel reservations. I loved this form of travel! Plus, it was always a great conversation starter. My travels go a bit like this: I get to…

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Thanksgiving on the levee

Thanksgiving on the levee

The drive along the Mississippi delta at dawn is one of the most glorious experiences I’ve ever had. As the sun rises, the sky begins to slowly paint itself. The clouds seem to gather to add a backdrop of texture and form while the mood alters in lingering drifts. On Thanksgiving day, I drove the ridge of the delta twice, just to enjoy the magic and give thanks for the bounty of all that had been. In the early morning,…

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Delta dawn

Delta dawn

life beauty spirit wonder confusion anguish poverty pain truth beauty wonder And so the cycle goes. As I drove along the levee at dawn, the sun rose from the east and cast its glow upon the tips of the trees. Shadows danced as the cattle grazed in the farm land below. It was a moment of pastoral splendor. I stopped my car to breathe in the stillness and take in the warmth of a thanksgiving day sun melting the dew…

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Can you see ‘it’?

Can you see ‘it’?

If you have ever watched Gilmore Girls, Cleveland, Mississippi is the Southern version. I swear I met Rory, Loralai, and her mom while I was there. I mentioned it in another post, as well. I’m told that Cleveland is one of the top ten tourist destinations in America. I had the opportunity to visit a couple of times. The first time I was there I went to a fabulous art opening. The second, an impressive tree lighting. There must have been…

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Courage versus Heart w/ Grit

Courage versus Heart w/ Grit

Throughout my trip I kep hearing from people how ‘courageous’ I was to travel solo, across country, for three months in a van. To me, it didn’t feel courageous. it just felt like something I had to do. Tonight, I decided to look up the word. The first definition — the ability to do something that frightens one — didn’t feel quite true. I have to admit, there were a couple times that I felt a twinge of fright, but…

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I am smitten by Mississippi paradox

I am smitten by Mississippi paradox

There are so many cast away dogs across the state, especially in the delta. Much like in Mexico and on reservations, they freely roam the streets — most minding their way as they rummage for food scraps in garbage bins. At other times they just wander, seemingly somewhere but ultimately nowhere. There were a few that tugged so hard at my heart I wanted to scoop them up and give them the passenger seat in the van. On more than…

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The expansive reach of the Susan G. Komen foundation

The expansive reach of the Susan G. Komen foundation

This week, as I drove through the delta, I noticed that fields upon fields of cotton bales were wrapped in pink plastic.  I had previously seen yellow bales so I wondered why this cotton was designated with pink. When I spotted a cotton gin I stopped asked why. It turns out that the Komen Foundation has reached out to the farming industry. For a slight additional cost, they can use pink plastic to demonstrate their support for curing cancer. Go Susan!…

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