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Wisdom, Faith, Freedom, Harmony, Love, Justice, Glory, Friendship a list of some of the towns the author and his wife visited on a quest to find America It was a quest to dispel cynicism and find some beauty on the people of America, and he did in great little vignettes of these towns He didn t always find the embodiment of the word in the town there is no justice or triumph in Justice, WV, or Triumph, LA But he found Americans who in their plainness, simplicity, lives, and loves inspire us Wisdom, Faith, Freedom, Harmony, Love, Justice, Glory, Friendship a list of some of the towns the author and his wife visited on a quest to find America It was a quest to dispel cynicism and find some beauty on the people of America, and he did in great little vignettes of these towns He didn t always find the embodiment of the word in the town there is no justice or triumph in Justice, WV, or Triumph, LA But he found Americans who in their plainness, simplicity, lives, and loves inspire us all to live our lives now, not tomorrow, not next week, not when we retire There is a huge gap between this book and what I have always sought on cross country trips I am entirely about the landscape and the power of the land I am fortunate enough to daily work with people intimately so I feel like my experiences of people are accomplished in a different way And I am the furthest from a cynic as imagined, but I understand why people are, and just love when people leave their comfort zone to look at life from a different framework and viewpoint And I was doubtful he would find the towns represent their names explicitly in a few days, but I imagine if he lived in them a while, there might beevidence Overall, a great read, fast, funny, real Everything falls into place, irrelevancies relate, dissonance becomes harmony, and nonsense wears a crown of meaning John SteinbeckHarmony, CA What is harmony Somethingthan accord, perhaps a melodious understanding Is it the same as peace Absolutely not Peace can be passive It seems to imply something thrust upon us rather than achieved, with tension and force as prerequisites In a continuum with harmony on one end and disharmony on the other, peace is in the middle Harmony is actively bettering the world peace is just not making it worse Harmony is the opposite of war peace is merely the absence of it Certainly, harmony is easiest to find in manageable quantities of humanity Harmony among the masses is unimaginable Harmony against eighteen is not The lesson learned here is one of carpe diem the town owners were trying to sell the town because the husband was diagnosed with cancer and they wanted to travel It validated the author s quest but the town was hard to sell and the husband died within 4 months Inspiration, AZ The desert, perhapsthan any other landscape, topples expectations It is not a place of colorless monotony Color is visible when light falls upon it, and this is a sun punished setting I can appreciate the novelty of a non naturalist s description of landscape sometimes, and I like the imagery of toppling expectation Funnies In Yuma, the newscasts broadcasted, 60 humans attending a fiddling contest today, and Dozens of humans were on hand to watch a football game, and Humans are in for nice weather this week They were actually saying Yumans Inspiration is a town built up around a mine, and it was cookie cutter monotony, a type of boom town with no soul The author was inspired to continue on his quest to seek inspiration, to seek out experiences to balance out his healthy privilege Hope, MS This was one of the most powerful and hard to read stories They never discovered why the town was called Hope, and they felt the nerves of being in the Deep South I remember feeling the same way when I headed to Panama City, FL for a travel assignment and passed through and got to know many expats from Alabama and Mississippi I was shocked to discover there was a town in Mississippi that had just integrated their prom In 2009 Morgan Freeman was disappointed to learn that his local high school in Charleston, Miss., still held separate proms, one for black students, one for white So he offered to pay for a single prom that both could attend That was 1997 It took 11 years for the school to take Freeman up on his offer The author is travelling in 1996 so they are encountering the area still at the point of deep segregation and hatred It is still ingrained in the memories and actions of the people there The story of the 3 Freedom Riders who were killed in the Civil Right fight is highlighted next to an interview of 3 carefree young white girls and a lighted from within African American woman who was a sharecropper s daughter and experienced the lawless near slavery of that time It is so hard to understand the deepest hatred of racism I understand it comes from a deep genetic fear of the other, so mistrust of the other, dislike, avoidance, it is despicable but it can be combated through exposure and education The irrational hatred and violence and homicidal tendencies chills me to the bone, and I can never comprehend it The African American woman has never voted, had never heard much about the murders of the freedom riders, which brought her town to national attention, but it turns out her landlord was one of the 19 men arrested and acquitted for their murders The bodies were buried on his property It is mind shattering to know these things, and while there is hope that we have our first African American president, I can only hope that this woman was able to vote for the first time in that election That would be the story of hope from Hope, MS Love, VA The author portrays a couple, both in their second marriage, who demonstrate a solid, loving marriage where they find near perfect companionship and desire for simplicity The wife writes a newsletter of the people of the area where she celebrated the simple milestones and happenings It is positivity in the press to the absolute It is, in a way, exactly what the author hoped to do with his book, highlight the best of humans, Yumans, and Americans I only disagree with his narrow definition of love as between husband and wife he wrote about it in different forms throughout the book and I think it is many of our generation s blind spot the absolute spilling over in abundance of love in relationships we have with our community, our coworkers, our clients patients, our families, our friends, our pets, our homes, our land Open your heart as well as your mind Joy, IL Thirty years earlier, as he wandered Utah s Canyonlands preparing to compile his thoughts in Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey wondering if joy had any evolutionary value I suspect that it does, he wrote I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction Where there is no joy there can be no courage and without courage all other virtues are useless Some parts of this book were tedious for me I found myself saying, I really don t care But, there were some parts that I found very interesting. Back in 2000 I owned a Chevy Blazer, a crazy boxer pup and dated a woman who ran off to South Dakota I turned to this book that Christmas with dreams of driving cross country with many passages highlighted Its been a long time since the read, the Blazer is long broken down, the dog rests by my feet and I married the girl But, I still dream of hopping into a Winnebago and I m content knowing that there are 85 people in Love Virginia. Interesting journey through small town America to discover what makes people sustain and persevere Got a little dry at times, as the journey was also one of self awareness and philosophical delving Sounded like a fun thing to do for a year, though. I expected to read an uplifting book about the United States I was very disappointed I got the impression that if the author could he would cut some of our states loose and set them adrift in the ocean He seemed intent on telling the darkest history possible I realize we have some dark history and I would change it if I could but I love the United States and I am fiercely patriotic I have always dreamed about visiting all fifty states and I am getting closer to my goal However I will form I expected to read an uplifting book about the United States I was very disappointed I got the impression that if the author could he would cut some of our states loose and set them adrift in the ocean He seemed intent on telling the darkest history possible I realize we have some dark history and I would change it if I could but I love the United States and I am fiercely patriotic I have always dreamed about visiting all fifty states and I am getting closer to my goal However I will form my own opinions and try to forget the state of mind this book left me in I gave it 3 stars because it is well written and there are some interesting things in it but overall I was disappointed Had I known it was a dark history book before I started it I probably would have rated it higher but honestly I thought it would be an uplifting, patriotic book Who Wants to Be a Millionaireis still being broadcast You might not know it, but it really is Long past its prime time, well, prime, and a half dozen hosts later, Millionaire has now joined the anonymous ranks of daytime game shows that had reduced the concept to so much cultural trivia, Millionaire originally serving as a reversal of that trend, a revival of a classic television tradition Brad Herzog sort of debuted in Millionaire s heyday He was one of the early contestants, when being a Who Wants to Be a Millionaireis still being broadcast You might not know it, but it really is Long past its prime time, well, prime, and a half dozen hosts later, Millionaire has now joined the anonymous ranks of daytime game shows that had reduced the concept to so much cultural trivia, Millionaire originally serving as a reversal of that trend, a revival of a classic television tradition Brad Herzog sort of debuted in Millionaire s heyday He was one of the early contestants, when being a contestant on Millionaire meant something fans will always remember, for instance, the first winner, John Carpenter, who used his only lifeline to brag that he was about to become rich States of Mind had just been released, and Brad used his appearance to plug it, and that put the book on the map so to speak All these years later, having found a used copy, that s in fact the reason I read it.The Brad who appeared on Millionaire should probably have become acquainted with someone with that kind of vantage point He recounts meeting a lot of people during a trek across the country, but he seems to have gathered no real perspective from it Funny, because he has a gimmick about picking small towns with virtues for names, and he attempts to find wisdom and the real America from this approach.Yeah, not so much He s apparently, when he wrote this, incredibly well read, and a regular historian, but he infuses so little of himself and his wife, who mostly pops up asking supplementary questions now and then into the proceedings, except to remark when he feels like it where exactly he s traveling throughReally, it s a tale about a state of mind, Brad s, which is just as relevant in 2017 as it was in 1999, when the book was originally published The disconnect between urban and rural lives has if anything expanded in the years since Brad is noequipped to understand why at the end of the journey than he is to explain why he went on it in the first place, a sort of smug gesture of privilege he shrugs off while condescending his stops all too frequently.But again, this is itself an unintended conclusion from his exercise, the observer effect By writing a book about it, he has quite literally woven himself into the narrative, one that hindsight has made all theclear.I wonder how much of his experiences are actually what he wanted to see rather than what he discovered As a wanderer myself over the years, I ve seen a lot of the country as a resident, having for instance transplanted to Maine early in life and heard what relatives feared, in the 1980s no indoor plumbing But Maine is quite civilized, thank you, and there sto it than lobsters and trees, although you wouldn t know it by reading this book, the thought process of which is to simplify into stereotype whenever possibleBut again, it s from a clear perspective, perhaps a prototypical one of the new millennium, the flattening of the age, where increased awareness has brought greater isolation than we could have possibly imagined So in that sense, it s valuable, as a signpost Or a warning One we clearly didn t heed.But hey Who wants a million bucks, right I really enjoyed this book and reading it is what made me begin to really enjoy travel literature After reading this book, I feltconnected to all of the states and proud to be a Southerner This book will definitely inspire a cross country road trip if you weren t already inspired to go on one This couple bought an RV and traveled the U S seeking small towns with names like Honor, Freedom, Wisdom, Inspiration, Joy and others They captured the essence of these places while exploring the history and conversing with the locals A fun and educational ride around the country on the back roads. {Pdf} ⚝ States of Mind Ø Can you find love in Love, Virginia Is there inspiration in Inspiration, ArizonaBrad Herzog took stock of his Generation X lifestyle and didn t like what he discovered So he and his wife emptied their bank accounts, packed everything into a Winnebago, and set a course for a fabled America they weren t sure existed What began as a literal search for the small places on the map became a figurative examination of the small places of the heart, a quest for virtues lost amid negativity and disillusionment From Justice, West Virginia, where one half the population descends from the Hatfields and McCoys, to Harmony, California, a town that s up for sale and can be yours for the right price, States Of Mind eloquently and intelligently brings into focus an American psyche often blurred by intersecting cultures and is, ultimately, an unforgettable journey all its own I enjoyed this read so much that I am going to immediately continue the journey with Small World A Microcosmic Journey.I read When You Are Engulfed in Flames this week too The juxtaposition of the two books has had my head spinning for the past few days Two authors, two ways of encountering the world and the people in it Brad Herzog s reader enjoys predictable wave after wave of polite encounters that start with well mannered introductions and result in a story shared or a lesson learned Da I enjoyed this read so much that I am going to immediately continue the journey with Small World A Microcosmic Journey.I read When You Are Engulfed in Flames this week too The juxtaposition of the two books has had my head spinning for the past few days Two authors, two ways of encountering the world and the people in it Brad Herzog s reader enjoys predictable wave after wave of polite encounters that start with well mannered introductions and result in a story shared or a lesson learned David Sedaris reader laughs and grimaces their way through his encounters with people and places The difference between the two Respect, Research, Remove Herzog s research affords the reader a historic and geographic touchstone absent in Sedaris encounters which areidiosyncratic,personally his own I felt while reading Brad Herzog that his experiences and conversations could have been my own because of the structure of his research, writing and the rhythm of his distinct interviewer interviewee style of encounter David Sedaris story similarly relates his encounters with older generations But they are individual, personal He rubs ointment into their shoulders, sits alongside them in a solidarity of sorts til he sees their kitcsh turn to junk before his eyes, quarrels with them Of his companion Hugh s mother he writes that the two of them had guinea worms years ago in the Congo He does not deny the reader an image of the worms coming out of their living flesh, but goes on to remark that I used to see the same thing, but after fifteen years or so, I got over it, and now I just see Maw Hamrick After 10 months on the road in an RV with Brad Herzog and his wife, Amy, the reader sees Amy only in her roles as wife and near silent travelling companion She took the photos He drove We don t know who cooked, who cleaned, who navigated, who shopped what they found to disagree about In fifteen years my hope is that the wide line of respect that separates Herzog s reader from the people he encounters will begin to narrow enough that his Maw Hamricks will come to life before the reader too Brad Herzog voice and experience, like, yet so unlike Sedaris , is one I am looking forward to reading for years to come