Shared this poem with my cousin for her graduation. Congratulation, Kristen!

by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

“The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, from The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays.


Found these great travel quotes on Kana Tyler’s blog.

Travel Quotes.

By land or by sea… a collection of favorites!

  • “Embrace the detours.” ~Kevin Charbonneau
  • “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~Susan Sontag
  • “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~Henry Miller
  • “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” ~Susan Heller
  • “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~Martin Buber
  • “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” ~Charles Kuralt
  • “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~Lao Tzu
  • “The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’” ~Daniel J. Boorstin
  • “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ~G.K. Chesterton
  • “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” ~ Paul Theroux
  • “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” ~Lawrence Block
  • “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” ~Herman Melville
  • “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” ~Mark Twain
  • “The journey not the arrival matters.” ~T.S. Eliot
  • “The Journey is my home.” ~Muriel Rukeyser
  • “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” ~Mohammed
  • “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ~William Shedd
  • “Let your memory be your travel bag.” ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” ~Oscar Wilde
  • “The type of luggage you carry says a lot about you. For example, if you’re carrying someone else’s luggage, it says you’re a thief.” ~Dave Barry
  • A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly. ~Lemony Snicket

And my all-time favorite, by my sister (then age six) after encounters with the various push-buttons, pull-chains, foot-pedals, and other toilet mechanisms of Europe:


  • “I can flush in any language!” ~Karin Dwelle Jones

Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Steve Jobs