A Wanderlust Brief!

A Wanderlust Brief!
I’m off again! Leaving the Sea of Cortez for the hills of Tennessee — it’s a rather common anomaly, this wanderlust thing that courses through the veins along with the blood. My wife, sweet Julie Anne, would still be content in that first house of many we’ve had, but she is such a patient and understanding person — either that or she is a loon to put up with me and my nomadic impulses.
Thomas Wolfe wrote a novel, “You Can’t Go Home Again,” and I’m testing his long ago thesis. I was born in East Tennessee near the Kentucky border, back when the times were emotionally charged and the economy was a highfalutin word at which most of us good hill folks just squinted our eyes and kept on plowing the fields and digging up the taters and turnips.
Dianne Gray wrote a book of short stories (“Manslaughter And Other Tears” – they’re on amazon now and the Kindle book is FREE. as I write this), one of which really caught my attention… The story is titled, “Corrugated Dreaming” and it’s filled with some unbelievably good writing, great analogies, and some kind of human conditions with which I can identify. The Lady Gray is just too good and original, and, if you haven’t read her many books, hop to it. Dianne is most certainly one of the best writers of our time.
But I digress!
It’s true, all that emotional soup I ate during those Appalachian days must have made for poor digestion all these years — the family disconnect, the mobility, the tears and the stains. With the books I’ve written, I suspect I’ve been trying to find those pieces of me I never could find back in those days. They’re there in my books, in the simple characters and plots I build, on and between the lines. I’m quite sure most authors/writers do the same thing. Some are just too darned good, too original, and should be topping everyone’s reading charts. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing my books my way — there are a few in my reading audience and it’s growing.
Well, here’s the thing, why the move back to Tennessee where some old memories just might cause some soul demolition?
The short answer I’ve given — that wanderlust thing!
The longer answer is a bit more complicated, all mixed up in the genes and memories, some gray areas of regret and remorse, some faint idea that maybe I can reconcile some of my life back there where it all started.
It’s likely a ‘fool’s journey’ but my commitment is made. Onward to Tennessee! Julie won’t be surprised if I’m ready to move again in a couple of years – if that long!
If anyone is reading this and gives a ‘hoot and holler,’ my e-mail, my blogs, and all my social networking sites will be the same.
One last thing, if anybody can recommend a pill for getting rid of wanderlust. please let me know. I’m really getting too old for these moves. 🙂
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15 thoughts on “A Wanderlust Brief!

  1. Moving does get more difficult as we get older, but it’s a great way to scale down on “stuff.” Good luck with the move, Billy. I’ll look forward to some photos of your new homestead. 🙂


    1. Thank you for your kind words and for the nomination of ‘The WordPress Family Award.’ I’m in a ‘moving’ process at the moment but will get around to posting this honor soon. My very best wishes.


  2. Hi There B-Ray,
    I’ve managed 47 moves so far – more than 1 a year! I can never work out if I’m running to or running from!!
    I hope you find what you’re looking for / leave behind what you don’t want… whichever it is! 😉


    1. Good advice, Panda. 47 MOVES! Wow! ‘Leaving behind what you don’t want’ can be a difficult thing – which I believe you would agree… For me, I think I know the reasons for my wanderlust – they’re likely in everything I write…and, in the genes.

      The move hopefully will be completed in a week or so. Then, I expect to see more thought-provoking posts from you…you have so much good stuff to say…

      My best,

      Billy Ray


  3. Oh Bill, Nelson & I are so sad to hear that you are leaving our beautiful Sea of Cortez. You and Julie, your wit and your smiles will be sorely missed. We are up north at our daughter’s home in Olympia. We will be going to Alaska for a couple of weeks and won’t return to Rocky Point until after you two have moved on. Our October travels will find us in your old/new home state of Tennesee. My best friend and her husband moved to Cosby this spring. We are hearing lots of stories about thunder storms, poison ivy and lightning bugs!
    Safe travels and best wishes on your new grand adventure!
    Gail Woodland


    1. Hi, Gail and Nelson,

      We keep running into glitches with the move (on the Tennessee side of the deal), but it looks now like we may be leaving 7/23 or 7/24 — unless something else comes up… Murphy’s Law alive and well! I’ve resigned from the Board and we’re all packed (but not loaded!). We will be going to the Chattanooga/Nashville area of Tennessee. Our e-mail will be the same, so stay in touch.

      You two delightful people and your family have made our time at Bella Sirena all the more pleasant. Be safe in your travels and enjoy your summer.

      Our very best wishes,

      Bill and Julie


  4. Hi,

    My name is KC Owens; I’m a college student who loves to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. Personally, I think traveling is a necessary part of life as you’re exposed to all sorts of new cultures and experiences. While enjoying time abroad, I’ve found it’s crucial to fully understand the dangers that you might encounter along the way. These mishaps are part of life and certainly part of travel but it’s always a great idea to take preventive measures to help ensure your safety while abroad.

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my travel safety tips with your readers? I put a lot of time and passion into my traveling and I would love to help others by offering safety advice as a result of the mistakes and triumphs I’ve had. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens


    1. Hi, KC,

      We loved Mexico – had been going there from Arizona for over forty years but now back in the home state of my youth… Yes, of course, feel free to write your safety advice. I suspect that language barriers and a subtle sense of distrust is rather pervasive with a lot of travelers, but, for me, ‘common sense’ really dictates… I’m wishing you the very best, and, sorry for the tardiness in responding (been busy with our ‘move’).

      Billy Ray


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