And so it goes on… by Bridget

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:27 pm by Bridget

Thanks for the great suggestion in the comments, Janet! I hit a spot of luck and they had Polly Horvath’s Northward to the Moon (the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures) at my dinky little neighborhood library so I was able to read it over the weekend and keep my travel/Bohemian lifestyle/planning/finding yourself theme going. I’m a Polly Horvath fan. I love her off-beat characters and storytelling style and this book delivers on both counts. Northward to the Moon has both a love for adventure and how uncomfortable that can actually be along with a sense of home. Strangely enough, the poet mom is the one who seems the most rooted in the idea of home, despite her dreamy qualities.

One of the ideas in the book that appeals to me is this “navel of the universe” idea. How there seems to be one place for a person that just feels like the middle with everything else sort of floating around outside of it. An art history professor that I took a Renaissance art class from at UW-Madison talked about how Rome was the navel for her even though she lived in Madison (and may have even argued that it was the navel of the universe PERIOD and that everyone should feel that way).

The navel concept is so striking to me because I live in Portland, OR and am completely and madly in love with Portland and everyone here and, right now at any rate, can’t imagine leaving to move somewhere else. Yet I have that navel feel for Madison, WI. We lived in Madison for a good eight years after moving back after college so maybe it’s only a length of time thing, but there’s something about Madison being more or less in the mid-section of this country/continent and having so many of the best people in the world in it (in my humble opinion) that gives it a navlishness for me.

Also, you only have to inch a bit in one way or the other time zone-wise instead of being a full THREE HOURS apart as we are now from the east coast.

Which is important.

But Portland – the flowers, the soft damp air, the green, the culture and fabulous people. I’m hooked, but my navel appears to be taken. Portland is going to have to take another valuable body part.

Any other suggestions for books to add to my travel/Bohemian lifestyle/planning/finding yourself theme?

Or suggestions for a new theme that you’ve found yourself accidentally or on purpose reading all in row or always wished that you had?

Look for a joint blog post coming soon as Janet is headed out this way for PLA. We might even blog from the Tarts bakery while snacking on mini cookies.



  1. Amanda said,

    March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Madison is where you belong. Both of you! Get your navels back to Wisconsin!

  2. Bridget said,

    March 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    You are too funny, Amanda!

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