California, coming home

That's a line from a Joni Mitchell song, which we listened to as we rolled over the Sierras yesterday evening. I'm back in the Bay area again, after 6 weeks away. For a variety of reasons, the blogging and the picture taking from this leg of the trip is a lot lighter than on the other leg. There will be some pictures up, but that will have to wait for a bit.

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Israel and Lebanon

One of the weird things about travelling cross country with someone else that doesn't watch TV is that you hear about the things happening in the world through either brief looks at news on the web, or a background TV in a restaurant or truck stop. The invasion by Israel of Lebanon was hard for me to believe at first. I heard a little snippet at a restaurant last weekend when I was in New Jersey, but I figured I was mis-hearing. It turns out, I wasn't mishearing at all.

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"I guess we'll get to see more corn today"

That was my SO's comment about Iowa, in the middle of a sea of corn that started in Ohio. It was very funny, but I guess you had to have been there. We took a “scenic” road through Illinois, which actually was nicer than the highway, but it was corn, followed by towns, followed by more corn. Don't get me wrong, I like watching corn grow. It just completely amazes me sometimes how much corn there is in this country.

It's been a slow, wonderful trip. We're in Iowa now, and I imagine we'll see Nebraska today.

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Vermillion, Ohio

I'm in an ice cream/coffee shop in Vermillion, Ohio, which is about 40 miles west of Cleveland. We got to Cleveland, the town I lived in for 6 years in the 80s, and my SO lived for two years much more recently. We went to the West Side Market, and got a lot of great fruit and vegetables for the trip. We spent some time in Edgewater Park, hanging out by the lake. We spent last night in Ithaca, NY, a town both of us had been to at one point or another in our lives.

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Progressive Faith Blog Con Final Comments

I wanted to both wrap up my own feelings about the Blog Con, and also link to some other blogs that have summarized their experiences. It was a really great weekend. It was nice meeting so many people I'd emailed, phoned, or just read their blogs. It was nice to put faces and three-dimensional personalities to the blogs I've been reading, some over the course of more than a year.

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