A Global Village

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One cannot always tell what it is that keeps us shut in, confines us, seems to bury us, but still one feels certain barriers, certain gates, certain walls. Is all this imagination, fantasy? I do not think so. And then one asks: My God! Is it for long, is it for ever, is it for eternity? Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is very deep serious affection. Being friends, being brothers, love, that is what opens the prison by supreme power, by some magic force.

– Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, July 1880

Dear Jack ~ I’m writing this note from the Norwegian coast where we have just witnessed some of the most beautiful countryside on this ever-flattening planet.  We set sail from Denmark, made a pit stop in Norway, and are now on our way up to Iceland by way of the Faroe Islands.  Aside from the majestic scenery has been the amazing people we have met along the way.  We have visited fishing villages that give new meaning to “off the grid”, whereby electricity, running water and refrigeration has yet to reach civilization.

What these individuals lack in modern day amenities, they more than make up for in their prioritization of family, ancestral culture and just good ole’ fashioned positive spirit.  While many lay claim to the intellectual patent of God, Faith, Family, Work, it’s quite a sight to see that at work across the globe.  Many family-centric cultures house multiple generations under one roof outside of America and that further contributes to a strong sense of familial heritage and the passage of time honored traditions from generation to generation.

As a friend once said, the world truly is a global village now and our neighborhood spans the globe.  We share a common bond with our brethren from across the pond and must remember the universal commonality that the longest journey any of use will take is the from our head to our heart.


  1. Lee Pettijohn

    August 14, 2015 3:21 pm

    Greetings, Just came across your site from a Twitter recommendation and love it and the way you write. Quick question, why do you start with “Dear Jack”?

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