"On the road again. I just can't wait to be
on the road again...."
By: Karen J.
Nothing I like better than a road trip! Willie is so right ---
I almost always feel like "I just can't wait to be on the road
again". And I am on
my way tomorrow! Next issue of the newsletter will be published
from my little rented condo in Charleston,
SC. I plan to
spend a week there as the next step in my relocation
Co-Publisher, On the
I've done my fair share of moving over the years. I've lived in
an apartment overlooking Monterey Bay in California, a duplex
nestled up against an oil refinery near St. Louis, a couple
rooms in what was called the "war zone" of New Orleans, a
residence hotel in San Francisco overlooking a very popular
"working corner", a doublewide trailer on a defunct dairy farm
in Tennessee, a riverboat on the Mississippi and the list goes
on. I even lived in a converted attic one time that was so
small my brother had to lift the ceiling to get the couch up
the stairs. That was also the day he told me he would
never help me move again
--- and, now that I think about it, he never
admit to having a restless spirit. I won't even try to explain
it but by the time I was in high school, we had moved fifteen
times, so, I figure some of it must be genetic. Most of my
moves have not been very well planned. Okay, not planned at
all. Whim seems to have been a primary motivator. But I'm
feeling the need to do this one a little better. I don't know
that this will be the last place I ever live, but I do know I
don't want to waste a lot of time living somewhere I don't
vetting process is what gave birth to the idea for the "Making
the Next Move" relocation workbook. Next week I will be
specifically working my way through the geography, community,
transportation, health care availability, recreation, cultural
and economic sections. By the time I get back, the guide should
be very close to being complete as far as content. Then we will
just need to do some editing and formatting and it will be
ready to go.
was younger, I would have scoffed at the idea of having a
blueprint like this (and I would have never used the word
"scoffed"). I would have said that too much planning robbed the
experience of the spontaneity and fun. Where was the adventure?
And, maybe that would have been true. Today, I'm still up for
adventures, but I kind of like having a plan for making this
next move. Everything else in life seems pretty much up in the
air. Having a check list to guide me through the steps of this
process feels like a very good thing to me!
Embarking on what could
be the first step to a new life chapter is always exciting. I'm
almost packed. My little Honda has 170,000 miles on it but I
think it's good for at least one more road trip. I enjoy
traveling alone but it's hard not thinking about how much I
really loved making these trips with my partner. For her, the
journey was always as important as the destination. And, she
never minded if we stopped a dozen times. Alternating exits ---
first to get a soda and then to find a bathroom...
And instead of
a book-on-tape, we would take a book and she would read
out loud. I really miss that. I really miss
have my iPod loaded with lots of great music, a David Sedaris
book and "Angels and Demons", since I don't want to be the only
person in America to not have read the book by the time the
movie comes out. I just need to add Willie Nelson's "On the
Road Again" and I'm ready to go. Of course, iTunes never lets
you get away with just buying one song. As soon as I express an
interest in Willie Nelson, they will suggest other songs I
might like to consider. I'm sure I'll have to buy "Blue Eyes
Crying in the Rain". Oh, and what about the one he did with
Julio Iglesias, "to all the girls I've loved before, who
traveled in and out my door". That one could keep me
entertained for a few miles......
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Next stop Charleston! I've even cleverly
planned my arrival to correspond with The Charleston Social
Club's dining club night at a Thai restaurant. So, Lynn, please
consider this my RSVP --- count me in!
else traveling somewhere interesting? Got any good travel
stories? I know I've talked to a couple of you who have some
wonderful stories that we would love to post on the website.
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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think you can or not . .
you're right." Henry
Ford, Ford Motor
Fit in a Year - Week
Our bodies are
absolutely incredible. When we take care of them, we
cannot get sick. Here's the secret: the only things
that make us sick are malnutrition and toxins.
Malnutrition? In our super-sized world?
Absolutely. We are calorie-rich, nutritionally
poor. The thing is, we're built to eat living food, foods
that contain enzymes and micro-nutrients. But look at our
food production methods: animals raised on fat farms full
of antibiotics and growth hormones (can you say steroids?),
fruits and vegetables bathed in poisons and chemical stimulants
and planted in exhausted soils devoid of living
micro-organisms; and all of these toxins end up
where? In our water supply and eventually in our
And then we take these foods and process them. Make them
white. Simple. Storage-ready. Microwave
zappable. By the time we put them in our mouths, they
bear little resemblance to their origins. And little
nutrition for our bodies. As Thomas Moffett said, "We are
digging our graves with our teeth."
Besides the obvious poisons we consume, we also poison
ourselves with stress, sleep deprivation, inadequate water
consumption, lack of movement.
Can we change this? Absolutely. Is it easy?
Well, no. But as Henry Ford said, whether you think you
can or not, you're right.
For some help, check out J. Michael Zenn's extremely concise
and readable book, The Self-Health Revolution.
You'll find it at Whole Foods, hopefully while you're buying