We have copied all our travel blogs to this site.
  They were originally posted with a few comments at

Following our most recent Blog and the Introduction below

you will find links to all our “travel” blogs in 6 categories:
Cross-Country Walks of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015,
the Silent Path of 2016-17,
and Inner Journeys 2018 on.

13 January 2021

Sequel to

Gifts of Aging

& Long Life

The topic of our last essay prompted more comments than usual. In it we shared thoughts on how long life in this era offers all sorts of gifts – in quantity, and sometimes in quality – of which practically all people in the past had no similar opportunities:

• Travel
• Communication
• Learning
• Relationships
• Self reflection

Studying and trying to know self, brought forth the suggestion – with visual support from the author’s own life – that we scan over photos and moments from our own pasts. Then, ask the images from those moments: “Who am I? Which of you am I?”

We received several comments on this essay but none addressed that final exercise. Readers probably figured it was a “loaded question.” Yes and No.

You might have thought, “Well, I am – or was – all of these people who were pictured in my past. They are all pictures of me – Who I am or was.”

But, let us suggest that you and I are really NONE of those images.

Really? Yes.

First – What we see are just pictures of a person passing through a lifetime.

Next – We were never really what appears on the outside in photos. Those were our embodiments. The human body is a costume and vehicle, a means of transport and communication during one of dozens if not hundreds of lifetimes which we souls experience over vast periods of time. The costumes do suit our souls. But sometimes not perfectly. Another story.

For those new to the idea of reincarnation, it may take time to get accustomed to the possibility of being embodied again and again. On the other hand, there is a simple way to get closer to the concept of reincarnation.

Simply put, we are re-embodied anew when we return to our old friendly form – birthday suit – every morning after hours sleep during which time we – the soul – leave the body and do unspeakable things. They are unspeakable because we detach from our short term memory and our conscious link to the brain for those hours.

Perspective – This exercise of studying old photos was meant to jog readers into thinking beyond our bodies as to who they really are. We are souls having bodily experiences and lessons which add to our vast data banks – so to speak. The details and reasons for such schema are beyond the scope of this brief essay.

Lifetimes - If the reader allow, s/he may consider each life as a bead on a string of pearls. Every lifetime draws us into deeper, higher, purer life eventually to mimic the One in Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being.

Pearls in string

A martial artist friend long ago told me of a teaching passed on to him. It went like this:

I am three things:
I am who others think I am.
I am who I think I am.
I am who I am.

All these views have their part. But, we are surely not bodies, changing matter, and passing experiences.

We are the persisting I Am – the Self – the Divine within.

Comments always welcome at theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Dr. Bob took a jaunt across America in 2002.

He started in Lavina on June 11 and

arrived at the Statue of Liberty

on November 3, 2002,

which happened to be a Sunday

and the day of the New York Marathon.

"His marathon" was over in time for a good rest.

2002 Route
Dr. Bob's Route

The memories remain and prompted a book 10 years out, 

then followed four walks to the West.

Later still came other experiences

to get him “On the Road Again."

2012 Walk - Montana to Nevada (Blogs 01-14)

Ready for the Road
Out the Door
Harlo to Livingston
First 100 miles
Heading for Idaho
Over the Divide
Three Amigas
In the News
At Center for Peace
All’s Well
Recapitulating Lessons from Roads

2013 Walk - Montana to Nebraska (Blogs 15-28)

Ready Again
Changing Plans
First Week Out
Good Man
This Bud
Seams Right
Forsyth News
Walking the RR
Natural Healing
Back from the Edge
Living on the Edge
Another Man’s Shoes
Healing Friends


2014 Walk - Wyoming to Kansas (Blogs 29-40)

In the Saddle Again
Down the Road
Favorite Spots
Great Dictator
Good Neighbor
Kindness of Strangers
Dorothy in KS
JFK Report
Rules of Road
Planes Trains Autos

2015 Walk - Arizona to Idaho (Blogs 41-55)

Snow in Snowflake
66 at 66
The Night Shift
Sweet Alternative
Montana Again
Navajo Nation
Phone Power
Mormon Trail
Raindrops Falling
At the Junction
Photoblog 1
Photoblog 2
Photoblog 3
Presidential Politics
2015 Map

2016-17 Silent Path (Blogs 56-65)

A Silent Path
7 Weeks In
7 Months In
Silent Reading Joseph & JFK
Moments of Silence
Old Dogs
Robert Robot
Rollin’ River
Like a River

2018-20 Inner Journeys (66-76)

Dreyfuss Road
Law and Love
Play it Again, S__
It Ain’t Easy
Being Rich
Getting Old
Reason for Medicine LOVE is the Reason
LOVE is the Answer
Gifts of Aging
Sequel to Gifts

Return to The Portable School