There are times when even the most seasoned of travelers can become deeply homesick.
Today is one of those days for me.
It doesn’t happen often – I don’t trend toward nostalgia and homesickness – but they have caught me off guard every now and then when I’m on one of my numerous outer journeys.
Today was different.
Today, a distinct and wholly unexpected longing for home came up. Since I am not enjoying an “outer journey” at the moment (I’m at home) it took me by surprise.
Really, it was all Captain Picard’s fault. Yes I mean Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, he of Star Trek: the Next Generation fame. Since discovering this series in re-runs on BBC America’s cable channel this summer, I’ve [click to continue…]
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Recently this story about a journey crossed my path. You may have run across it yourself; it’s often read at funeral and memorial services:
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, [click to continue…]