I drove many hours yesterday, from Tulsa to southern Illinois. I decided to pull into Carbondale. That’s where I lived while I got my degree in graphic art. I lived in Neely tower, on seventh heaven. Anyway, it was late, CJ was asleep, and as I drove into town it was sad at first. The place has changed a lot since 1975. I think I kept the place in a time bubble in my head. It reinforced the idea that it’s good to have memories, as well, dreams, but our life is best lived in the present.

We are aiming in the general direction of Zionsville, Indiana today. The hot weather in the 100’s has been following us since Wyoming. Back home in Newberg it has been in the 60’s and now in the 70’s.

I’m way behind on what’s going on in the world at large, but I’m pretty up on highways, exits, and the change of landscape across America.


12 thoughts on “Carbondale

  1. Wayne

    Visiting old haunts would take me to Illinois as well as your current home state of Oregon. Maybe one day. Enjoy your visit and have a safe trip home. Hope it is cool when you get back.

  2. shrinkingthecamel

    I haven’t been back to visit my college in YEARS. I’m sure it would be the same bittersweet experience. I have this thing about one day taking several weeks off and visiting every single place I have ever lived from the time I was born, reflecting on my entire life. It would be about a dozen stops, from Maryland to Michigan, with a lot of Upstate New York in between.

    1. nancy Post author

      I wanted to go to my hometown in Illinois … To see the house I grew up in, next to my grandparent’s house which was across the street from my great grandparent’s house all on a dead end road that was many time a corn field. But, I chose to spend the time with those in Indiana and the go back to Oregon, as Casey is wanting to be back with her friends and I …well …it’s just time to go back to Oregon.

  3. nancy Post author

    Made it to my’s in Indiana this evening. She has a little land, horses and a barn. Casey is finally happy. It’s good to be here. And no television…I love that.

  4. Owen

    “I’m way behind on what’s going on in the world at large”

    It’s nothing to get strung about, Strawberry hi-ways forever…


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