What’s It Like To Be Traveling Robert?

Traveling Robert Truck and Minitini
Traveling Robert’s truck and Winnebago trailer.
Traveling Robert's RV
Traveling Robert’s RV.

“I create travel videos focused on the RV lifestyle. I will show you the tourist attractions as well as off the beaten path locations. We’ll sample the local cuisine and imbibe the local ales, and meet all kinds people, enjoying the journey as much as the destination. Also, tips and tricks to make our travels safer and more enjoyable.”~Robert Morales, Traveling Robert

Before we get to the interview, first, a personal note on how I became acquainted with Mr. Robert Morales:

Three years ago, I searched for things to watch on Youtube as I recovered from surgery. My husband and I discussed purchasing an RV, but our camping experiences previously had been tent camping with our girls when they were growing up. I was happy to find Robert’s videos. More than the information, I love that he writes and performs his own music and basically all filming and editing. He brings a personal warmth to his videos that reaches beyond merely giving out information about RVs. He incorporates historical information about each area he visits, along with practical tips on where to find the best camping spots and restaurants. As a bonus, sometimes his sweet wife appears in a shot!

So, now that you know a little about Traveling Robert, let’s see how he answers my 10 questions…

Q. How did you get into the business of creating travel videos?

A. My parents liked to travel. In 1958 they traveled a lot on their honeymoon. That inspired me. Even in Cuba we roamed back and forth between the coasts.

Q. What aspect of your job is the most frustrating?

A. Internet on the road. Not getting a good connection.

Q. What aspect of your job brings you the most joy?

A. Meeting new people, trying new foods, the uniqueness of each place.

Q. What is your favorite motto or quote?

A. Mark Twain said something of the—I’m paraphrasing of course; if you don’t travel, it’s like you read a book but you only read one page. And that’s not exactly the quote but that’s the essence of it.

Q. Who is your favorite character in a book or movie?

A. As a kid, Huckleberry Finn. He went on adventures with Jim.

Q. If you could be doing anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be?

A. Eating pizza in Huntsville with you guys. I forfeit, for the rest of my life, the right to complain.

Q. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

A. Teleport. Let’s be in China right now!

Q. If you had three minutes to grab three possessions, what would you grab?

A. Phone. I don’t care too much for possessions right now. I used to collect records and photographs when I was younger. Now I collect experiences.

Q. What one question do you wish someone would ask you?

A. I can’t think of one.

Q. What advice would you give aspiring RVers, or anyone for that matter, who have a dream?

A. If you really want to do it, do it. One day it’s gonna be too late. Have no regrets at the end.

Robert’s reply to this question reminded me of another quote by Mark Twain, one of Robert’s favorite writers: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”~Mark Twain

 

A parting thought:

I can’t get away from one of Roberts answers. He said, I forfeit, for the rest of my life, the right to complain. I think that answer will follow me for the rest of my life. 

Suzy Parish and Robert Morales

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The Perfume of His Presence

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This morning we are driving to the Hollansburg Cemetery in Ohio.

A precious grain of wheat for Christ is planted here.

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Chet and I are going to pay our respects to someone we have never met, though this person significantly shaped my early walk with Christ. Through his music and observing his life, Richard Wayne Mullins demonstrated it was possible to be a Christian and still be “real.”

Here is his bio, as posted on a grave location site:

Singer, Songwriter, Musician. Born near Richmond, Indiana, Rich was into genealogy research of his family’s history and revered and honored the memory of those who came before him and made him who he was. He began writing music at an early age. Talent with musical instruments came naturally to him. One song he wrote was made famous by Amy Grant in 1982, “Sing Your Praise to the Lord.” He recorded an album called “Canticle of the Plains” in honor of St. Francis of Assisi but based it in the American West. His song “Awesome God” has been the most well-known and loved by more people. He spent the last couple of years of his life teaching music to Navajo children on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Windrock, NM. He was devoted to the Navajo Nation and considered his teaching more important than making money. He also believed serving God, with his music and ministry, were above fame and fortune. He gave most of his earnings to charity. A quote of his from a question about how to stay strong in the faith – “Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow.” When he would sign autographs, he would always write “Be God’s” above his signature. Nine days before his death, he went to an old, abandoned church with a cheap cassette recorder and recorded nine songs with just his guitar. These songs became “The Jesus Record,” and they reveal the inner peace he was finally feeling. Mullins was killed in an auto accident.

This bio, though carefully written, seems dry compared to the impact I have witnessed of this artist’s music on the world.

I have seen an entire community of believers touched and encouraged by the “shoeless man,” as Amy Grant called him.

As I come to know and love believers who have been affected by his music, I see an ever-widening ripple of faith. That legacy has continued even now, twenty-two years after his death.

During our drive yesterday, reflecting on Rich’s legacy, Chet and I were discussing how the impact of one person can affect so many lives.

There was another person whose action still has an impact, thousands of years later.

John 12:1-3

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. 

And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

I don’t think Mary had a clue how poignant her actions were, nor that they would resonate thousands of years later. She just acted out of love.

Lord, let my actions fill the area of responsibility you have given me with your perfume.

Standing Together: The Inspirational Story of a Wounded Warrior and Enduring Love

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A true story of hope and courage in the face of astonishing challenges
 During his fourth deployment, US Marine Corps Sergeant Carlos Evans stepped on an IED–and the loss of both legs and his left hand was just the beginning of the struggle for his life.
 For the next two years, he and his wife, Rosemarie, went through the rehabilitation process together. As a nurse and mother of two young children, Rosemarie was used to caring for people, but the task of taking care of her triple-amputee husband brought new challenges every day. In addition to his limb loss, Carlos faced PTSD and developed an addiction to painkillers. He was sure Rosemarie’s life would be better without him–and that it might have been better if he hadn’t survived at all.
 But unlike the majority of marriages put under similar strain, Carlos and Rosemarie stayed together. With the help of family, friends, and–most importantly—a strong faith, they’ve built a solid marriage and discovered a ministry they never expected. By the hand of God, their story, which began in devastation, has turned into one that draws in and lifts up more people than either of them would ever have dreamed.
 Not only will disabled veterans and their loved ones find help here, Carlos and Rosemarie’s captivating journey also speaks to those who long for stronger marriages, care for loved ones with disabilities, or are facing a new normal in their own lives, small or large. It is a powerful resource for leaning on God in the midst of life’s great difficulties–and for finding ways that, through faith, profound loss can bring incredible blessing.
 
My Review:
 
No matter how much you study a situation, or how close you are to a couple actually going through this, it is impossible to imagine the amount of grit, faith, and determination it has taken for Carlos and his wife to triumph.
 
Carlos has willingly given us a window into his winding journey back to health. His honesty and that of his sweet wife, Rosemarie, is an example of a different kind of heroism. The hero, in this case, has taken off the cape and allowed us to see his Clark Kent side.
 
Carlos and Rosemarie Evans bring refreshing transparency in the telling of their struggles after Carlos is wounded in battle. I especially liked the give-and-take format where each took a turn describing events. It reinforced the fact that men and women do indeed experience the same event in drastically different ways.
 
The challenges they faced seem insurmountable. Carlos and Rosemarie related memories of the dark times but balanced them with the unfailing hope of Jesus Christ. 
 
This book reminded me of the way David crafted the Psalms. He was honest about his struggles but always ended a Psalm with his trust in the Lord. 
 
The stories of Carlos participating in races using his handcycle are breathtaking and encouraging, while the community coming together offers hope that there are still kind and giving people in this world. I highly recommend this book.

Reading Is My SuperPower – BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS, AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS, AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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Thank you, Carrie Schmidt, for the great review!

Behind The Scenes

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I want to give you a little behind the scenes look into what made Flowers from Afghanistan. My husband retired after 26 years as a police officer and then an investigator in our city. He immediately was accepted as a trainer for police in Afghanistan and flew out months after retiring. It was something he had dreamed of doing for a few years. It was very hard to tell him goodbye. I knew when he left that a book would be born of this adventure and it was. I wanted to honor our police families and our military families, as I know what sacrifices they make on a daily basis. I wanted to show people what that consisted of. In the creation of Mac, I was doing what we call a character interview with him. It’s where you sit down with your imaginary character and ask him or her about their life. It sounds a little crazy, but it works! Anyway, when I got to the part where I asked Mac why he went to Afghanistan, and he told me. I said no, I will not write that. I had no desire to write about the death of a child. I tried to argue the character out of it, but he was adamant. And when I tried other approaches, the character just clammed up. So, dragging my heels, I wrote that scene. In my research, I read many mother’s tales of loss. It broke my heart and I wanted to write this to represent them also. So, to my dear mothers who have lost a child, I send you my highest respect and deepest sympathy. To all military families and police families, my love and prayers go out to you, as you serve in a very deep way this day. Purchase Flowers from Afghanistan

Grateful For Connections

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Many times I have read people post complaints about the shallowness of social media. However, I have been thinking about the wonderful, real friendships I have been graced to build online. Among my online contacts are; nurses, wives of police officers, truckers, musicians, painters, writers, goat farmers, people in the movie business, singers, missionaries, YouTube contributors, scuba instructors, bakers. Well, you get the picture.

All of these people have given depth to my life that would have taken years to happen without the internet, if at all.

As a writer, I have an insatiable curiosity. I want to know, what’s it like to be…? That’s where the title for my blog interviews originated. Every person I have interviewed has been so gracious to answer my ten questions. I find people, in general, to be very kind and most were honored that I took the time to ask about them.

So here’s my thank-you to all my past blog stars. Thank you for taking the time to be transparent. Thank you for giving others a small window into your life.

Who knows how many people you have inspired to get out there and take a chance on living the life of their dreams?

Speaking of dreams come true, Flowers from Afghanistan is my debut novel. Seeing this work birthed has been a rollercoaster of emotions and definitely worth the price of the ticket!

Flowers from Afghanistan is an Amazon March promotion right now, which is super exciting!

Follow the link to get your copy at $1.99

Amazon March Madness, Flowers from Afghanistan is $1.99

 

 

 

 

Update: Traveling Robert’s Flight to Freedom

Traveling Robert shares details of his life and what created his thirst to experience new cultures: Flight to Freedom: The Story of my Life

 

 

Bronze Medalist!

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Flowers from Afghanistan has been awarded a bronze medal in the Literary Fiction category by the Military Writers Society of America. The award took place during the 2018 MWSA Awards Banquet held in Charleston, S.C..

Special thanks to Serena Chase, who did a phenomenal job of editing. Serena writes: Congratulations to author (and editing client!) Suzy Parish on this award–a bronze medal from the Military Writers Society–for her book, FLOWERS FROM AFGHANISTAN. It was a pleasure to work on this story with you, Suzy! Are you looking for a developmental editor? I have openings available starting in January! https://serenachase.com/services/   

Thanks also to fellow author and adventurer Reba Hoffman, who was the first one to contact me with the results of the contest! Reba writes:

CONGRATULATIONS to my great friend and author, Suzy Parish! Her novel, Flowers From
Afghanistan earned a Bronze medal in the Literary category in the 2018 Military Writers Society of America. So proud of my friend and so grateful that her book has reached so many. If you have not read this novel, you simply must.

I can’t thank my husband, Chet and my family enough. You have all supported me  and encouraged me along this journey. God has strengthened me all along the way. My thoughts and prayers go out to our military and first responder families. I honor your service!

 

Flowers from Afghanistan: MWSA Contest Finalist

Flowers from Afghanistan is a finalist in the Military Writers Society of America 2018 contest. The actual awards (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) will be announced at MWSA’s General Membership Conference on November 9, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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