It was September and we were at the Ft. Smith National Historical Site. Eddie was taking pictures, but not of the exhibits and the things we were learning about. He was photographing the informational signs located at each exhibit. Getting into Eddie’s head and trying to understand what he is thinking/doing is a lot of work for me, so I once again asked the bewildered question, “Honey…what exactly are you doing?”
What Eddie explained to me was that, as this was our last day of the ‘Deep South Tour’ (yes, I always name our trips), he was intellectually fried. Information overload had taken its toll and we were no longer retaining much of anything. We’d studied so much! So much, including the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Trail of Tears, lives of alligators and the childhood of Elvis. Yep. We were spent. And Eddie decided he would refer back to his photos to learn information as his brain cleared.
“Why is it that we can’t just get a few pieces of interesting information about the things we see as we travel instead of having to digest these novels? They often lose my interest before I even finish!”, Eddie had explained. “I want bullet points of information that are easy and quick to read that I’ll retain!”
That conversation led me to create the ‘Bullet Points of American History’ Shutterfly Photobook that we now carry with us on trips. Short, quick, to the point, interesting and easily retain-able tidbits of information. It has also sparked the idea for a section in the book I’m writing, called ‘Bullet Points of Information’.
I’ll be sharing information with you about history, landscapes, religion, art and architecture in a bullet point style. They are designed to give you just a few pieces of information about things that you will potentially see and do on a road trip in America. Either these tidbits will help you get the most of your visits – if you don’t need too much to be satisfied – or whet your appetite for more about the things that you find really interesting. Either way, you’ll discover more about yourself and where your interests lie. Stay tuned!
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