Sunday, March 29 – Journal Snippets

Some unedited bits from my journal this week. I’m not sharing them because they’re ponderous or brilliant thoughts, but to make me accountable to keep journaling through the week. These Sunday posts will give me a bit of a review of the week’s thoughts to reflect on over time.

March 23 – The secret, I believe, is in acceptance and going with the flow. Fretting over things and constraints out of one’s control does not help at all. Having faith [not the religious kind] in letting things work out while living in a common-sense manner is key to survival and sanity.

March 25 – Earlyish start that enabled a solo walk in the woods at a time when the sun was still below treetops. The stark contrast of a forest of denuded trees as silent, sleeping nature created a texture across the sky as the sun shone through where it could. … I need to be sketching the pond, albeit sticks shooting out of the water at the moment with little color. But soon that renewing blush of green will begin, become a bloom, then permeate the whole of the forest. I hope I can experience the joy of seeing that slow progression occur across the days to come.

March 28 – Day whatever of staying inside. Work continues on acceptance and using the time wisely and beneficially. Will I look back on this period, content with the work done? … What is certain is the value of not seeing this time as restrictive, but as one for creative and intellectual growth.

March 29 – Up early, with intentions to experiment with and work toward a morning routing. Not as early as I’d hoped, but realizing I have to get to bed/sleep much earlier if I’m going to make this early writing time work.

A Necessary Pause: Full-Time to Part-Time

After my restart back on the road full-timing, I experienced some further issues that made me head back to the Midwest for more advanced healthcare support. This time, I connected to the University of Michigan’s famed cardiology center in Ann Arbor for a round of “what’s going on” tests.

Happy to report I aced all tests and no issues with my thumper or its body-wide system. So the unsettling symptoms experienced in the wild–not a good place to be feeling poorly in mysterious ways–are not cardiac or related to the June stent. I believe, however, I’ve identified the culprit.

All that sums up to deciding to stop traveling for a while and take time to resolve the off-and-on-again nagging thing. That, plus winter is coming–my least favorite travel season (but a forever, memorable phrase from Game of Thrones). As an added bonus, staying in one place for six months should help me to catch up on writing projects including finishing two books in progress.

The decision to winter in Ann Arbor was not an easy one, but I have a friend here I can stay with comfortably plus a great, nearby RV storage place. For now, Tamasté’s parked (other than two short day trips per month to keep things working) until I travel west in March.

Some would say the phrase “wintering in Ann Arbor” brings shivers, and yes, it’s not as nice as saying “wintering in Barbados,” but it’s the place I need to be for all the reasons above and more. Ann Arbor has always been at the top of my list of landing spots after full-time nomadic RV traveling is over, so this is also a chance to test winter here (as a retiree who won’t have to get out when it’s nasty I’m hoping that will make it tolerable).

Now that I’m settled in my rented room, set up with my former writing studio’s books, supplies, dictionary stand, and such, I feel jazzed to get the work done. It’s nice to be pampered by space and essentials too. Funny, but fellow Travato traveler and writer Sarah hit the same notes when she posted about the experience of extended house sitting after traveling…the full kitchen, showers without timing the water running, real beds, couches, etc., all a siren song of civilized (nay, decadent!) living.

Nomadic traveling has its soul-satisfying reasons to be out there, but hard to beat…for now…a big refrigerator and pantry-a-plenty, washer and dryer, and access to the arts and culture that Ann Arbor offers daily.

Plumbago Zine Article Published

Quick mention of an article I wrote, “Nomadic Writing,” published in friend and pencil guru Andy Welfle’s bi-annual pencil zine, Plumbago.

Andy’s one of the three hosts of the Erasable Podcast and the active pencil fanatics’ Erasables group on Facebook. Plumbago articles come from those who use and love pencils and analog tools for creative and everyday work. Always a great read for stationery nuts, Plumbago’s sixth issue focused on Travel and Nature.

If you want to grab a copy of the zine, click on the image above. Or to read a PDF of my article (apologies on the quality; used iPhone photos to create the PDF), click on the image at the right.

Stationery for a Nomadic Year-Long Sojourn

NOTE: You can now read my archived and current stationery reviews at Ink & Core. This specific review is now at

What does a stationery fanatic and writer do to haul the necessary tools and paper for a year-long sojourn? Many have asked, so here’s the lowdown on the what and how. Granted, I can pick up things along the way, but I tried to estimate usage over a year and likely will fall short in some areas, and over in others. Photos with explanatory captions below.


This is where it begins. One of the linen totes holds the paper, and three of the plastic boxes hold the supplies.


Here’s everything spread out a bit. Pencils and office supplies in the upper left bin, center has one bottle ink bin and another cartridges, erasers, etc. Upper right is the paper bin, and spread out are the journals in use.


Paper tote, containing backstock of notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, etc.


And finally, the working crew spread out. These are not stored in the upper cabinet with the rest, but spread out in Tamasté and in my EDC bag. L-R, upper row: dream journal, self-care journal, weekly planner, monthly planner, Steno general notes, back pocket notebook. L-R, bottom row: personal journal, travel journal (will include some sketches), free writing journal, add’l planner I’m not sure what I’ll do with, and the Field Notes Dime Novel which is another personal journal that travels in my EDC bag.


Had a great, intense journaling session this morning, which included an unplanned (best kind!) sidetrack into thoughts about “journey.” Sharing a part here in hopes you find my thoughts useful in prompting your own thinking on journey. It is shared as written and unedited, but I think you can read my writing well enough to make out all the words.

For the stationery-tools curious:  written with a Franklin-Christoph P66 (Masuyama italic cursive nib) fountain pen, Robert Oster Caffe Crema ink, in a Nanami Seven Seas A5 Writer journal.