Archive for July, 2013


In the San Luis Valley of Colorado, there’s a county road that divides townships. On the south side of the road, people have an Alamosa, CO mailing address but on the north side of the road, the address is Waverly, CO. I was hanging out with some students who thought that was very strange. But it occurred to me that every division between adjacent places ultimately comes down to some arbitrary but necessary line. In actuality, a full-size road is a pretty big dividing line. Most here vs. there divisions are not nearly so broad: what actually separates one place from another is often indescribably thin. And that made me realize:

Every far off place is only an infinitesimally small distance from another, nearer stop on the journey.

I find that rather encouraging.