Traveling home

I often look at travel as a way out of my head, a chance to escape my own reality and be immersed elsewhere. I often look to be confused, get lost in the unfamiliar, not know the plan because there is no need for one. This time, though, I needed to travel to find a way back to myself.

I've been teaching for over two decades, and each spring, I find myself surprised at my exhaustion, at my desire to simply stare into the sky for hours, scanning for glimpses. Inspiration and motivation mere wisps. Each spring, towards the end of the semester, I swear I should video myself so I could replay it the following year--evidence that this occurs and passes. But that would take time. Effort. These fall away gradually until early May.

Escape. This time Italy. The nature I'd been missing, the breathing of expanse. Hills of Montepulciano held my stare, helped me remember to pause. Be present.

I stopped listing all the things that hadn't happened--the declines from submissions, trips canceled due to health issues. Instead, I chose grateful--publications, trips, friends, a good life.

When I stood, early morning, watching the sun rise over the canal in Venice, I breathed in summer, early morning rising into a day filled with time, the unknown, moments to capture as they emerge. A noticing.

And when I forget, get caught in the busyness of life, I have this, carried back from the streets of Lucca. Instead of a quick button push on my fancy coffee maker, I sip one cup at a time, carefully made, cleaned in between. I listen for the hum of the perk. Wait for the heat to cool a bit.


  1. Yes to gratitude, yes to slowing down. Peace in this world is fleeting, so good thing you took pictures.

  2. you should also be adventurous enough to try out the local cuisine. Local food gives an extra sensory dimension to your

  3. While applying for the visa at the services, make sure about the reason for the application. The other thing to keep in mind is that the visa provided to you will be of any definite validity of a certain period of time.

  4. Its so amazing for a person to have the ability to immerse himself in the travel and find him at some other place. Italy is beautiful country and you cant defy the beauteous Venice. Incredible!

  5. It is such an amazing experience. I wish your picture were bigger =)))))

  6. The post sounds so nostalgic it is infectious. Italy is indeed a great place to visit and is one of the popular travel destinations for many. Travelling can be so refreshing and reading travel blogs do inspire you to visit the place. For more such travel blog and stories, visit here - Celebrity travel.

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