Chris, the boys and I have had the privilege and pleasure of hosting a wonderful writer and friend, Jane Devin, as she travels across the United States in an effort to "find her America". The About page on her blog summarizes Jane, her journey, and provides key links. My attempts to reword what she has already so succinctly written have been futile. Please read the following:
Jane has been writing about cultural & social issues for several years. She presently blogs at Finding My America, which will chronicle her upcoming year as a writer on the road, as well as on The Huffington Post. Older articles can be found on JaneDevin.com. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
To learn more about the origins of the Finding My America project, you can find the short version here. Or, if you’re feeling really industrious, you can read the following articles, which are in reverse chronological order.
Jane arrived at our home Wednesday evening. She made noise about leaving on Friday, but I successfully guilted her into lengthening her stay. Whining works. She's been a delightful, low-maintenance houseguest. I've embraced my opportunities to visit with her when she's not writing or thinking... or going to Starbucks. For those of you who have followed Jane on Twitter and know about her coffee habit? It's a heavy habit. HEAVY. I don't know how she sleeps.
Please peruse Jane's writing as time permits during these busy, busy days. We're all drawn to different writers, blogs, friends, and relatives for unique reasons. If you enjoy her poignant, thought-proving, beautiful writing as much as I do, at a minimum continue reading her blog. Leave a comment if you're comfortable!
Jane communicates her needs via her blog, Twitter and Facebook as she travels from city to city. Sometimes she needs a host [a place to stay], recommendations for affordable, clean, safe hotels [if a person isn't available to host], Starbucks gift cards, and contributions to her PayPal account, even in the most nominal amounts. I witnessed her conscientious handling of resources [even my own!] while she was here. A little goes a long way with Jane.
The Ross family just bid farewell to a lovely, interesting and gracious guest. Although my history with Jane is currently shelved under "recent", I feel like a woman I've known my entire life just pulled out of the driveway. If you have the opportunity to meet Jane Devin, I suspect that you'll feel the same way.