Finding a name for this blog
wasn’t easy. Kevin suggested I call it,
“On the Road: Notes from the Beat-up Generation,” but somehow that didn’t seem
right. I toyed with several other names before deciding on “Passages,” because
I sense this adventure—traveling for perhaps as long as 18 months or more—is
certain to involve not only physical passages, such as border crossings, but also
passages of a more mental, emotional, or spiritual nature. We invite you to
come along with us as we explore these boundaries.
One caveat: Although we have stated our desire is to
travel for several months, we are viewing that as an option, not a goal. A lot can happen. If we get ill, or run out of money (!), or
just decide we’re tired of traveling this way, we will come home. But for the first time in our lives, we have
a freedom we’ve never known before. And
so, we’re off. First stop: Ireland.
"Twenty years from
now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the
ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
attributed to Mark Twain, this quote is cited by author H. Jackson Brown as
written in a letter from his mother.)