Roads We've Traveled

Stories About Our Lives

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Achievements

Whether it’s Ralph Waldo Emerson, T.S Eliot, or Jack Kerouac, we’ve all read quotes about life’s journey, and how it’s just as, if not more important, than the destination. We’ve all looked at where we are in our lives and recounted the positives and negatives of how we got there. We all have encountered adversity, worked to overcome obstacles in our paths, and conquered them. All too often we turn to celebrity stories for inspiration; for their journey. We may be completely unaware that someone living just a few doors down may be equally accomplished in their own right. In this website we hope to celebrate the stories and journeys of ordinary people and we hope you enjoy what you read!

Latest Stories

Alcohol Rehab Help joins our resources page

For those of us who’ve dealt with alcohol abuse — either because you or someone you love is struggling — it can be hard to admit the problem exists. It can be even harder to find helpful resources. I’ve had friends and relatives that struggled with alcohol, and I know dealing with it can be […]

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Helping the not-so-fortunate in these uncertain times

I can’t help but think that I and my family are pretty lucky. While the Coronavirus has shut down most of the state, my wife and kids and I are doing all right. Sara has plenty of work, the school district I’m working for is still paying me, and I’m able to post assignments for […]

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Mesothelioma Hub added to resources page

Morgan Barnhardt of Mesothelioma Hub wrote me an email asking to include her organization on Roads We’ve Travelled. Here’s a quote from her email: “2,000-3,000 individuals die every year due to mesothelioma, with symptoms not appearing until 20-40 years after exposure to asbestos. The scariest time for most families is directly after diagnosis. Therefore, we […]

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New addition to our resources page!

Hello everyone! I hope this little mini-posting finds you all well. I’m so pleased to add the Mesothelioma Justice Network to our list of resources. What is Mesothelioma? According to, it’s “is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Exposure to asbestos is the […]

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Our Mission

Lately, it seems, our world has been all about our differences: black, white, conservative, liberal, Muslim, Christian, rich and poor. Our mission is to get beyond these labels and celebrate our similarities, our communities, and the achievements and the stories of ordinary people. We hope to show, through feature stories, blog posts, and commentary, that we all have something that we carry and that, maybe, if we hear the stories of neighbors and people we perceive to be different are, in the most basic and fundamental ways, not so different at all. From these realizations, I sincerely believe, can come empathy, a quality that, all too often, seems to be lacking in our public discourse.

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