This is the first night I’ve been on my own since leaving (I almost said Seattle) Minneapolis on Tuesday. It’s also my first night in a hotel as we were hosted by Amy’s best friend and her husband in Chicago and her sister and brother-in-law outside of Cleveland, each for two nights. It’s a very different way to travel. Much to be said for it.

We’re spending our last night on the road outside of Syracuse, Amy with a cousin and his wife. Me and my various bags in this slightly dismal but it’s only for one night so it doesn’t really matter hotel room.

I had hoped to be able to write a “real post” tonight but it’s late, I’m too tired and there seems to be no WiFi in this room. But I still want to connect with all of you while I’m on the cusp of starting my new life tomorrow.

Today, we reached New York State. For a long time, I didn’t think I ever could or would be a New Yorker again. It’s still hard to believe that it’s happening.


  1. Dear, dear Ruth…you look happy and healthy in the photo accompanying this journal entry. I KNOW in my gut that you are doing what you need to take care of yourself and I look forward to hearing details about your “new life” as you live it! I send you love. Ellin

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  2. Hi Ruth, I love, love the photo of you smiling under the Welcome to New York. I hope you will find joy and a creative life filled with old friends and new. I look forward to hearing about your adventures in the future.

    L’Shanna Tova

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