Beyond the books mentioned in essays in this issue, consider — for further reading, writing, and rounding out, for travelers, readers, thinkers, and writers — Pico Iyer’s inclusive essay, “Why We Travel,” available on the Web at
For how the metaphor of life as journey can overwhelm a culture’s sense of home and the values of hearth and table, read Sharon Daloz Parks’ contextual essays on “Home and Pilgrimage” (Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 72(2-3):297–315, Summer/Fall 1989) and “To Venture and to Abide: The Tidal Rhythm of Our Becoming,”
in Developing a Public Faith: New Directions in Practical Theology, 2003, pp. 61–78).
For penetrating witness during foreign travel, try Tony Whedon’s A Language Dark Enough: Essays on Exile.
Following on from Ann Kirkland’s pursuit of the classics, Ellen Ryan’s encouragement for reflective travel journaling, and John Robinson’s response to the Odyssey — Homer’s ancient/retro manual on gender reconciliation — consider
Jean Huston’s The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation,
Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, following the paradigm of Joseph Campbell and George Lucas;
Helen Luke’s Dark Wood to White Rose: Journey and Transformation in Dante’s Divine Comedy (a Jungian’s integrative commentary on the inner journey); and
Maureen Murdock’s The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness.
In concert with John Sullivan’s essay on life as journey, in honor of
our poets, and for a different sort of travel, try Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poems, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the unfinished “Kubla Khan,” or Attar’s visionary recital, Conference of the Birds, about a pilgrimage to ultimate being.
As Donovan sang on his album “Fairytale,” “When I look out my window, so many sights to see . . . When I look in my window . . .” Safe journey!