Thursday, April 22, 2010

pastures of plenty

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) writer


the mouse is off on a wander and will return early may. okay so the road above in no where near where I am - in fact, I'm on the other side of the country in the pacific northwest, but you get the picture.

by the way, wednesday was the centennial of mark twain's death. jonathan zimmerman, a history professor at new york university, has an interesting column on how travel contributed to twain's personal growth, "with important lessons for our own day. From the scornful, often bigoted cynic of Innocents Abroad, Twain evolved into a passionate defender of diversity. Foreigners were not automatically worse than Americans, he decided; indeed, sometimes they were better."

pete singing woodie's classic.



photo: I-80 somewhere in northeastern pennsylvania, july 2009

10 comments:

California Girl said...

Great thoughts you share. I'm passing this on to both sons who are starting to travel on their own and not a moment too soon!

Have a wonderful trip.

Daisy said...

that picture made me want to "hit the road". As you travel, may all go well. May your tires always be round, your tank full enough, and your windshild full of interesting sights!

And if you get as far as Vanc. Island, I'm right on the way to the west coast and I serve organic fair trade coffee! ;-)

John Hayes said...

Hvae fun! Always great to hear P Seeger playing that longneck banjo, & that is one of my favorite Woody songs--actually based (in terms of melody) on the old murder ballad "Pretty Polly!" I like Woody's version better!

tut-tut said...

travel is broadening, no matter what your age. We were able to visit England via a home exchange when L was just a kindergartner. People always said, and say, "Well, what did she get out of it? was it worth it to take her along?" you betcha!

Baino said...

Enjoy yourself. The quote is so apt and one I truly believe. That road could be the Pacific Highway that wends it's way around the entire continent here (although it's a dirt track up north!) Take pics and sate my desires Ms Kim!

tony said...

WOODY RULES! Have A Pleasant Journey.

Tom said...

i envy you your travels, and Sam Clemens as well...he was a hoot, as are you.

Gary said...

Safe travels dear Kimy

Betty said...

Safe travelling.
A year ago we were on our road trip & crossing the border from Arizona to New Mexico. Here's to the open road.

The Blue Elephant said...

Love the Twain observation, but I have seen folks who can take their closed minds with them on their travels.