Can it be? Another First Friday is upon us. Where has the time gone?
When I was young my grandmother often said, “Time goes faster when you get older.”
I thought she was making it up — just as she did whenever I choked on a piece of food: “That must have gone down the Tuesday pipe,” she’d say, calmly. “When, today is Thursday.”
I’d giggle at the joke — once I stopped gagging. I didn’t have seven pipes in my throat, and I knew time didn’t change just because she got older.
Now I know she was right. Time DOES go more quickly as we get older. As I wrote to one blogging buddy just last Thursday, “My life seems to flow from one Thursday to the next.” Each time I sit and think about what I MUST do, what is long overdue, or what lies ahead, I realize it’s Thursday again.
What’s that about? All I know is it’s the same phenomenon that makes the return trip seem so much shorter than the initial trip.
Anyway, I’ve missed three blogs this month because the time got away from me. It flew, in fact. Life will go on, though my Google Analytics is unhappy and my SEO suffers. I won’t let that get me down. First Friday Friend is important.
There are so many people and places from whom I’ve gotten support, guidance, encouragment, and acceptance (just as I am; always an important one) that these Friend posts will be easy. The hard part is limiting each post to just one. So, today you get two.
First, I want to introduce you to A Traveler’s Library.
Vera Marie Badertscher has been posting all things travel related for a very long time, and in a most professional and creative way. Her site is easy to negotiate, whether it’s a specific country or state you want to read about (a pull down menu on the right shows a list over one meter long of different destinations), movies about travel you want to check out, books about travel, recipes from around the world, even contests!
All can be found at A Traveler’s Library. There’s even a book about Kazakhstan — just one, the British travel tome, Apples Are From Kazakhstan — leaving lots of room for my At Home On the Kazakh Steppe (I hope) once it comes out.
Vera’s site is one of the first blogs I subscribed to. So, since I have my settings so that all my subscription Blogs show up in my email on Monday morning, each Monday morning I get to travel a bit.
Now, I didn’t stumble upon A Traveler’s Library all on my own. No.
Bonnie Lee Black, a former PC Volunteer as I am, diligent editor, enthusiastic cook, prolific author, and teacher of creative writing in Taos, New Mexico introduced me to A Traveler’s Library many moons ago. Bonnie has that gift of finding just the right combinations of things and putting them together to make a new whole, whether it’s cooking, editing a 375-page manuscript, or introducing people like me to people like Vera Marie Badertscher at A Traveler’s Library. I hope you will visit Bonnie. Her site is as welcoming as a warm cup of tea on a cold afternoon. And while there, learn about her latest book, How To Make an African Quilt.
And remember, if traveling is in your blood or if you prefer your travel thrills vicariously, a visit to A Traveler’s Library is in order.
What are your favorite travel destinations? When you travel, how much of your trip is planned before you leave? Might you be an armchair traveler, visiting far-off lands vicariously, with the help of movies, books or stories? If so, do you choose your destination beforehand (say, in looking for a book about a particular place) or do you just open the book and see where it will take you?