Tag: Amtrak

Listen and Follow Directions

Posted March 13th, 2016
Listen and Follow Directions

The most common comment on any report card I received in elementary school was, “Ellen would do well if she would just learn to follow directions.” Teachers stopped saying that as I got older but only because the grading system was about the mark and not about any insight into my approach to learning and…

Lietuva 1: Finding Our Feet

Posted May 16th, 2012
Lietuva 1: Finding Our Feet

Note to self: pay attention when walking, especially when on steps and curbstones. At the main post office in Kaunas, the last step ends with an extra bump, an inch-and-a-half drop to the paving stones. Didn’t see it. Fell on my face. Thank heavens the camera is okay. My left ankle supports my weight but…

Detroit I: The Gap-Toothed Smile

Posted August 3rd, 2011
Detroit I: The Gap-Toothed Smile

So many bad things are said about Detroit. Television programs show a city that appears to be abandoned and newspaper headlines focus on criminal proceedings against elected officials and a devastated economy. What I found was a place of broad straight avenues carrying little traffic, astonishing architecture, some well maintained and much in ruins, and…