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

A Newborn and a New Hope

Arianna Frances Mallio wasn’t even a day old, and so very small. A tiny newborn child, I could hold in the crook of my arm with room to spare. I could cradle her head in the palm of my hand. She was swaddled in blankets, with a little pink hat on her head. Her eyes, […]

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For the Love and Rights of Animals

Bruce Zeman was in the middle of a lot of things in November of 2009. He was moving back to Vermont, buying a house, getting married, and creating a new morning radio show for 92.1 WVTK-FM, in Middlebury. When he received a call from the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury, Vermont, asking him to […]

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The Day Everything Changed

Author’s Note: I always intended for this website to be a vehicle for me telling my own story, but I was concerned about how I would do it. I am not the first person to suffer tragedy, nor will I be the last. I didn’t want it all to be about me and I didn’t […]

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Notes from the Road: My Health Insurance by the Numbers

Numbers With the passage of health care reform in the House and all it could entail, I began going through my insurance records from 2012-2014, when my acute lymphoblastic leukemia was at its worst. And I found a number I’d like to share with you. That number is: 746,686. That number represents the combined cost […]

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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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