A year ago, we had penned our first couple of posts and were packing for our trip to Alaska. We had envisioned PassingThru to be a chronicle of our travels, but we virtually abandoned it during that trip and for some time afterward while we digested the impact of the last frontier. When I was finally ready to write, I found it difficult. Toward the Great One , Outside, Seeing and even Every Valley Shall Be Exalted were indicative of some of the intensity and magnetism we felt.
We still had no clear vision for PassingThru and decided to continue, yet avoid a predictable niche. This decision led us on some interesting journeys: In Energy, Small and Proceeds, we examined the nation’s and our collective moods and reactions to changes in daily life.
We hoped we might interest you in the same mixture of things that we find ourselves thinking about. From neurology (Getting Inside Our Heads ) to character (Wisdom ) to how we might better interact (Adventures in Customer Service ), to the best of interactions (I Love You More Than Ever ), you have been interested and engaged. Your comments have been supportive and validating, and even when we’ve chosen to disagree, the varying perspectives have been filled with thoughtful insight.
You’ve journeyed with us through olden times in Minnesota: Runes, Hole-in-the-Day, and Sentinel. You’ve honored our quirky memories (Thoughts from Hours Spent with Daylilies) and appreciated our discoveries (Forgotten Florida is Unforgettable). You’ve shared our joys (80th Birthday in Galena) and our sorrows (Requiem for Ryan ).
The “shared collective,” according to a comment that referenced Voltaire during one discussion, is a “sustained presence of mind.” You provide that presence, and in turn, our sustenance. It’s fitting in that same post we wrote, “Storm-tossed travelers all, we still have faith, take care of each other, be of service, and find unison.”
Thank you for traveling with us this first year, as we’re PassingThru.