Looking back: a day in D.C.

(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — It’s strange to be on shore leave from my trip. Right now I’m sitting at my parents’ house, an old converted barn in the heart of Marin suburbia, and my trailer and travel life seems so far away. Part of me is anxious to get back to it; part of me [...]

For my mother

(BALTIMORE, Md.) — This city is like nothing I have ever seen, at least this part of it. In Hampden, where my friends Avelino and Meredith live, not a thing is uniform, except for overwhelming use of brick. It seem hodge podge here, with junky front yards butting up against well-groomed ones and bumper stickers [...]