Does Place Really Matter? If So, Why?

The carrels and stacks of Widener Library. Yes, that is a coffee up you see by my computer. And, yes, it is now legal to bring a drink into Widener.

In my last blog post, I asked the question “Does place really matter?” In our increasingly digitized, flattened, and shrunken world, does our physical location make a real difference? Most of those who answered this question, through comments, social media, or email, said, “Yes. Place does matter.” I think most people have a gut sense [Read More...]

On Adventure

In In Earnest, Denton Josey writes about how he learned to love adventure on a missions trip to Honduras, and how that’s shaped his life: My life has become a lot less predictable. I see that as a direct result of choosing to seek out adventure. Part of adventure is not knowing how things will turn [Read More...]

Adventuring Alone

Tiffany Owens writes at In Earnest about adventuring alone (something I rather enjoy, too): Let’s begin with definitions. By solo trip, I mean a deliberate choice to enjoy a journey and destination without traveling with anyone or scheduling any meetups with friends. Of course, you might make new friends in the process, which is part of [Read More...]

Don’t Fight the Road

At In Earnest, Jane Clark writes about discovering, on a road trip through Southern California, that it’s actually more fun to drive the speed limit . . . and considers why: This is counter-intuitive on every level. First of all, the speed limit is the rule, and following rules usually seems less fun than bending or breaking [Read More...]


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