August 11, 2019-
I have been back in Prescott, just shy of a month, and am finding that, even with a dearth of day-to-day work assignments, life remains very full. Have been catching up with long-time friends and have been contacted by an interesting healer, who will help augment what I’m already doing for myself.
Looking back on the two-part journey just past, I reflect that the reactions to my presence, at different stops along the way, fell into three categories: Warm, cold and somewhere in-between. I felt no shortage of love for anyone, mind you. The reception, though, depended largely on where the people were, in their own emotional and psychological spaces.
There were warm environments: A friend’s house, at Coal Mine, AZ; Mother Road Hostel (Albuquerque); my friends’ pondside house (Crossville, TN)*; Not-So-Hostel (Charleston); Glick’s Greenhouse (Oley, PA)*; several friends’ and family homes in Saugus and elsewhere in Massachsusetts*; a Baha’i gathering in Pittsburgh; two friends’ homes in Indiana*; an Airbnb home and the Baha’i House of Worship (Wilmette)*; Roy-el Motel (Wapello, IA); Honeycomb Hostel (Kansas City); Mesa Verde Motel (Mancos, CO).
There were mixed receptions at Pilgrim House (Memphis)* and Wrigley Hostel (Chicago), again, depending on where the individuals were in their own lives. The chilliness was, thankfully, limited to a few people along the way- an angry man on the road between Ganado and Chinle, AZ; a disgruntled hosteler in Charleston and the security staff at West Point.
Restaurant-wise, I was treated like family, in Canyon de Chelly Restaurant; Villa di Capo (Albuquerque); Smokey Joe’s (Amarillo); Mesquite Canyon Steak House (Shamrock, TX); Cupcakes & Cravings (Rolla, MO*); T’aiChi Noodle House (Chattanooga); Best Bagels in Town (Knoxville); Huckleberry’s (Tryon, NC); Motor Supply Bistro (Columbia, SC); New Moon Cafe (Aiken, SC)*; Hilton Head Diner; East Bay Deli(Charleston); Don Beto’s (Raleigh); D’s Diner (Wilkes-Barre)*; One Family Deli (Newburgh); Egremont Market (Egremont, MA); The Fresh Side (Amherst, MA); Friendly Ice Cream (Southington, CT); Padamina’s BBQ, Buffet & Bakery (Danbury); Bedford Diner (Bedford, PA)*; Fricker’s (Richmond,IN); Family Square (Bolingbrook, IL); Q39 Barbecue (Kansas City); Copeland Cafe (Copeland, KS); Del’s Diner (Fort Garland, CO)*; The Farm Bistro (Cortez) and Munds Park Resort Cafe (Munds Park, AZ)*. * Return visits
I mention all these, so that people recognize how important ambiance is, to a traveling soul. There are some RIP’s, from my previous trips, and I’ll miss Chez Duval (Granada, CO) and Artful Dodger Cafe (Harrisonburg, VA), in particular. While I’m at it, Feast Bistro, in Ojai, CA, though in the opposite direction, is on that list of RIP’s. Establishments come and go, I know- yet it is always the people who work in them and other patrons, who remain in my heart.