Places in the US: 10 Stories For Reflection

The United States: in the current state of turmoil and division, that almost seems a misnomer.


Across the years, my colleagues and i have taken you to many places across the world, from Zimbabwe to Ireland, from Mexico to Kyrgystan, to from Chiang Mai to Melbourne, from Budapest to Toronto.

We have also written about many places in the United States.

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Here are several of those stories. Some relate to ideas coming up for discussion just now; some will give a break from that. They are all worth your reading and reflection.

Mike went to visit a blueberry farm on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In Saugatuck, Michigan, he meets with Joan Donaldson, who farms with her husband John Van Voorhees on a place his grandparents first farmed. Though they sell their crops to big producers, theirs is an older way of life, rooted in landscape and nature. “We don’t make plans. Nature tells us what to do each morning,” Joan tells Mike.


On a trip to Indiana Sheila had the chance to explore a house which was part of the Undergorund Railroad in Civil War times.

In Fountain City near Richmond in the eastern part of Indiana,. she visited the Levi and Catharine Coffin House, and learned of the work this Quaker couple. They believed so strongly in helping enslaved people on their way to freedom that they designed their home to help in that commitment, with features including an interior well for water so no on could tell if more water than usual was being used, entrances away from the road, and interior rooms with more than oen way to come and go.

The Underground Railroad is also part of the history of Acorn Street in Boston. Now a street of high end homes. In it I take you into the stories from history in this narrow cobblestoned street.

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If you’d like to consider more ways and places to explore Black history here’s a story to explore.

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A Tree for Boston is another piece about community, in this case about the people of Boston reaching out across the border. I tell you the story of how that happened more than a hundred years ago when the medical professionals and others of Boston gave support personal and professional to the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who suddenly found their town and their lives devastated by an explosion in the harbour there

On another note, Alison reminds of the possibilities found in change in the beauty of finding quiet, in a brief essay about her first winter living in the Taconics of New York State.

On a trip which covers more ground, Sheila offers a west Texas road trip. She takes in towns and site well know as well as sone that yu might never have thought of, beginning in Castroville near San Antonio and ending up at Balmorhea State Park, way out west (but not as far west as El Paso, Sheila visited there in another story) in Reeves County.

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Still out in the west, I took you on a trip to Taos, a small town in northern New Mexico which holds history and present day confluence of many cultures. There’s a round up of our stories about the American southwest in another story, too.

Wherever you are in the United States, looking up at the stars may be a way to step back or reflect on events. There are many places especially well suited for this. Ideas in the United States and Canada in the story linked to the word stars.

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Bonus idea: Music is a good way to explore, too.

When it is time to travel again, perhaps you will want to put some of these places on your list to visit. Perhaps you’d like to explore and dream about other places in the world — here is a story to get you started on that: 23 Stories to Dream On. Whatever your travel dreams, we invite you stay with us here at Perceptive Travel and to explore our archives, too.

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  1. Holly February 2, 2021

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