I’ve realized, as time marched by in this house, that I’ve never lived anywhere longer than five years before. I’ve never been planted. Divorce — my parents’ and my own — and seeking have conspired to keep me moving. I chased the idea of home into my thirties, not really sure what I was looking for.
The telegraph brought news of elections, wars, disasters, crimes, weddings, and deaths to people’s kitchen tables; it was how the world found out about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. It enabled people to see beyond their geographic limits, breaking down physical barriers of time and space.