I started Postcards from the Outback in the summer of 2008 when I loaded my two sons (ages 4 and 6) into my beloved (and late) Subaru and hit the road for three weeks, blogging the trip as a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Here are perhaps our three favorite posts from the trip:
- beyond the 100th meridian (Badlands, SD)
- they paved paradise and put up a parking lot (Mount Rushmore)
- the most beautiful seven words in the English language (Yellowstone NP)
You can follow our whole adventure from the start by clicking here and then using the “next post” button at the bottom of each page.
As we traveled, I got enough into the spirit of blogging that I decided to keep it going after returning home. The following posts lay out my evolving focus and goals for this site:
- what next for the blog? (parenting, teaching)
- looking to learn new terrain (teaching)
- playgrounds closer to home (parenting)
Here are some of the best from the recent past. . .
I’d be remiss not to include the following post—I touch politics just before the election and get more than a thousand hits and fifty comments justlikethat:
One of the best things about blogging is the ability to connect with and learn from people who share your same narrow interests. There’s no way I would have found three other people in my immediate social circle with whom I could earnestly discuss acorns.
The first in a flurry of climate change posts prompted by the ClimateGate “scandal” and Copenhagen meetings, in which I ask for a little intellectual honesty:
Some of the best pictures on my blog were taken by my boys:
I have a seriously divided mind when it comes new trends in education. In particular I’m conflicted by our rush to embrace technology and see serious need for some reflection and balance. This post had one of the liveliest comment threads in the history of my blog:
And the comment thread of “missing” inspires the following post, with a similarly expansive comment thread. Conversations like these are what make blogging fun:
I’ll continue to post recent keepers here as they appear. Thank you for visiting, dear reader! Come again soon.