Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mountain adventures

We drove four hours west to Brevard, North Carolina. On the way, we munched on Dunkin’ Donuts, fruit snacks, Sour Patch Kids, and cashews. And we entertained ourselves with chatter about family, hometowns, and what it means to bring yourself and your racial background into a new place. You look around for signs that you are safe, that there are folks like you who have arrived before and decided to make their home here. The talk turned toward “diversity,” whatever that means these days, and we took to our smart phones, googling “U.S.A.’s most diverse cities,” and comparing the statistics and fact sheets on the most and least diverse places to live. We made a verbal note to avoid the Ohio/Kentucky/West Virginia border region. Continue reading