Wander Lust

July 30, 2012

. Longtime readers of this blog and the conscientious historians will know how it began. For my last sabbatical year, in 2008, Julia and I bought a thirty-seven foot Class A, Tiffin Allegro Bay motor home (which I named Obelisk), attached a hydraulic lift on which to carry two Yamaha C-3 motor scooters, moved all [...]

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El viajar en Ecuador

January 27, 2012

. Making our way through the Andes, writing and connecting as I can. Preparing some posts for the coming days. Mountains and clouds – always a road to wonder.

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“The Poverty of Experience”

September 29, 2010

Another one of those particularly good posts at the Atlantic yesterday, this one from James Fallows, or more precisely, mostly from one of his readers. This has been my experience, too, in travel, that every place I visit is transformed from more than just another place in the world into a part of my life, [...]

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Life in Motion

May 13, 2010

I drove the motor home down to San Diego for servicing yesterday for its final repairs and detailing in preparation for sale. It has been sitting in storage, and after driving it around the country for over a year, I hadn’t been behind the wheel for two months, since we moved out of it into [...]

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March 3, 2010

Julia and I took an apartment yesterday. Just over sixteen months ago we rented our home, uprooted nearly every element of our lives, and hit the road in our thirty-seven foot motorhome. We spent four days with the coach parked in front of our house moving about a half percent of what we own into [...]

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Uruguay (Ooruɣwai)

February 10, 2010

Uruguay, they say in Ooruɣwai, is the ubiquitous ham in the sandwich between the baguette-size slices of Brazil and Argentina. If it bites on those populations, the teeth are heading for the Uruguayans (Uruguayos – Ooruɣwaishos) The 3.3 million-person nation (1.1 million in the capital of Montevideo) is formally the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. According [...]

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On the Road

January 30, 2010

Julia and I will be traveling in Argentina & Uruguay over the next two weeks – we just landed in Buenos Aires yesterday – so posting will be a little erratic. I will try to keep it up, though, and interesting. Since I’m with a pack of voracious photographers, I’m going to flatter them with [...]

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A Pause in the Journey

November 16, 2009

A year and and nearly two weeks ago, Julia and I left Los Angeles to travel the country by motorhome and do research for our book on contemporary Native American life. Thursday we returned to L.A., not home quite – because we’ll be setting wheels to road some more, intermittently, throughout the next year – [...]

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Dog Days

June 23, 2009

The Nature of Things Bound for Glory (or Mobile) JD

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Along the Interstate

June 22, 2009

Blue Beacon Truck Wash: West Memphis, Arkansas God is Everywhere JD Interstate To swerve is to miss To miss to long for: A receding highway light In the middle of the country Through the center of the night. How distance beckons and turns away. This starry billboard rises Along the road, through every county It [...]

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The Taking of Enchanted Trails RV Park

March 26, 2009


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Poem of the Day

March 24, 2009

Julia and I are often asked what this experience is like – traveling around the country in our motorhome with our two dogs, doing the work we love, writing and photographing.  I first caught the bug of motorhome travel nearly twenty years ago, when I toured the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming, including Yellowstone, in a [...]

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Rodeo, Roping Competition – Apache Gold Casino

January 5, 2009


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The Personal and the Historical

December 28, 2008

One of my continuing interests is the intersection of the “ordinary” individual life and the historical moment. My own father, Meyer, or Mac, had many. Born in a small shtetl in Ukraine before the Russian Revolution, he emigrated to the United States, arriving, still a teen, in 1927. In the early Thirties, at the height [...]

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Death Map 2008

December 22, 2008

NewScientist maps the likelihood of death by weather across the country. Julia and I are afraid. We’re very afraid. AJA

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Saturday Night Parade of Lights; Globe, Arizona

December 15, 2008


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The View from Our Window

December 14, 2008

On the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation JD

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Bordello Rooms

December 10, 2008

The way I do it is I stand in the middle. I’m in the desert this time, gazing at the landscape as the dogs chase rabbits and roadrunners around me. My back is turned to Highway 80, to RVs and the other signs of post-nineteenth-century life, though they aren’t that plentiful. Before me, almost all [...]

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It’s a Dog’s Life

December 9, 2008

Penelope is pleased to hunt in the tall grass. JD Willcox, Arizona; December 2008

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Christmas Pageant; Willcox, Arizona

December 8, 2008

JD December, 2008

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The View from Our Window

December 8, 2008

The conservative (with an eighteenth century, Burkean C) blogger and journalist Andrew Sullivan is always interestingly independent of thought. (He voted for Kerry in 2004, supported Obama, and wants Bush, Cheney, et al. tried for war crimes.) He has a feature on his blog, The Daily Dish, called “The View from Your Window,” in which [...]

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