The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

From "Fronds of Thought"

These images are from Michelle -- images of Fort Worth.

She's sent more photos, which will post over the next few days!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving Entry

This comes from Angela, in the Tranquility Taverna Journal:

November 24, 2005

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States and
I’m enjoying a few hours of solitude while my husband
works and our daughters visit their grandmother. I
try to carry a spirit of thankfulness with me
throughout the year because there’s always something
to appreciate.

My home has solid floors, a roof that doesn’t leak and
walls that really do keep out the weather. This home
is equipped with central air and heat so it’s cool on
hot days and warm on cold days. My childhood home
exists only in my memories and old photographs but I
can’t forget using a sleeping bag all winter just to
stay warm at night or walking around the 2x4 support
braces Mother put in to hold the ceiling up in the
living room. I remember taking the fastest showers
possible because I was afraid the bathtub I stood in
would fall through the floor like the other one had
done. I remember finding icicles on the inside of our
windows and listening to the rain drip in buckets and
bowls throughout the house. I think of all these
things and remember the millions of people around the
world who lost everything to natural and manmade
disasters this year and give thanks for the blessing
of a home.

According to the government, my family and I live
below the poverty line. We’re some of the lucky ones
because we have food, clean drinking water, and a few
luxuries. My daughters don’t know what it’s like to
wait for the bus with hands tucked in the sleeves of a
threadbare sweatshirt because there’s no money for a
jacket and none of the ragged hand-me-downs fit. They
don’t know what it’s like to wake up hungry only to
hear their mother say there’s no money for food so
crackers and water will have to do for the next day or
two. I know those feelings but I’m thankful I don’t
know the agony of watching my child shiver in the cold
or listening to my children complain they’re hungry.

On this Thanksgiving, I pause to think about the
freedoms I enjoy and to give thanks for those who paid
for my freedoms with blood, sweat, tears and time. I
give thanks for the health I enjoy. I can get out of
bed without assistance and I go about my day without
much thought. Hundreds of thousands of people here in
America can’t do that. There are wounded heroes who
may never stand again, brave men and women adjusting
to life with artificial limbs and others who simply
don’t have the strength to get out of bed. I’m not as
fit as I want to be but I can do something about that
and I have it better than a lot of people.

I give thanks for the friends, both offline and
online, who offer support and encouragement as I make
changes in my life and follow a dream. It’s been a
winding road but every time my courage fails, one of
my friends is there to help. I’m thankful for the
life lessons I’ve learned from my extended family and
for the ability to continue learning.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" ~ Theodore

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Web Host Move

I sent an email out today to participants already signed up in the project, but also wanted to post on the site.

I am in the process of moving the web host for the Devon Ellington Work site. The 13 Traveling Journals addresses are tied to that site, so, until the move is complete, those addresses are down.

If you need to reach me during the next few weeks, please email me here. Please put "13 Journals" or "13 Entries" in the Subject line.

I will send out another email and post on this site when the DE addresses are working again.

That does not affect THIS site. This link is independent of the website, and therefore will remain intact.

Only correspondence addresses are affected.

This site has been quiet for the past weeks, and I apologize. We will liven up again soon, with both more entries and more press coverage.

Thanks to all the participants, and stay in touch via this site!