: a long journey to a distant or unknown place especially over water or through outer space



Voyage (n.): c. 1300, from Old French voiage “travel, journey, movement, course, errand, mission, crusade” (12th century, Modern French voyage), from Late Latin viaticum “a journey” (in classical Latin “provisions for a journey“), noun use of neuter of viaticus “of or for a journey,” from via “road, journey, travel” (related: via).

Via (adv.): 1779, from Latin viaby way of,” ablative form of viaway, road, path, highway, channel, course,” from Proto-Indo-European wegh-to go, convey.”



“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name; writer, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer; best known for his novels, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”)

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“What is one common thing every one craves for? It is love... Love others unconditionally, honestly and truthfully. When you fill your being with love, you make yourself healthier and happier.”

Sanchita Pandey (writer and author of “Voyage to Happiness” and “Cancer to Cure”)

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“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.”

Erol Ozan (writer, scientist, thinker, futurist, and salsa dancer; best known for “Talus”)

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“Inevitably, though, there will always be a significant part of the past which can neither be burnt nor banished to the soothing limbo of forgetfulness— myself. I was and still am that same ship which carried me to the new shore, the same vessel containing all the memories and dreams of the child in the brick house with the toy tea set. I am the shore I left behind as well as the home I return to every evening. The voyage cannot proceed without me.”

Luisa A. Igloria (b. 1961, Filipina American poet and author; received a Fulbright and numerous awards for her collection of poetry)

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“Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.”

Jules Verne (1828-1905, prolific French novelist, poet, and playwright, whose writing laid the foundation of modern science fiction; best known for “Journey to the Center for the Earth”)

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“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

— Erol Ozan


I’ve been fortunate to have invested in an electric car, which was one of the best decisions I ever made.  The car is fast, fun to drive, and takes me on these unexpected voyages.  It’s really an experimental car, so I was a little nervous at first.  You see, my electric car is one of first levels and is primarily a roads car.  I get 100 miles per charge but can lengthen and save my mileage when I stay off the highways by using local roads more often, and using the car’s brakes more often can recharge the battery.

Coincidentally, driving an electric car has taught me a lot about my own energy.  When I get depleted, I need the rest to recharge.  I also have to the courage to get lost every once in a while.

A couple of weeks ago when my daughter was visiting we drove out to Winter Garden to see my aunt. I guess I was so excited about the trip that when I put on the air conditioner I also inadvertently put my heat.  If there’s anything that sucks an electric car’s energy is heat.  As a matter of fact the company recommends that one uses the heated seats instead of the heat.  Well unfortunately, I didn’t see what I had done until I was near to my aunt’s home. I knew then that we wouldn’t be able to return on one charge like I normally did.

After our visit we checked the maps to see what charge stations were in town.  One that I normally go to was near the courthouse, but was already occupied.  So, we drove around and around until we finally found a beautiful conservation area near a huge lake. The area was absolutely gorgeous, and it gave us a chance to talk, to walk around, and to abide in the astounding of nature while the car charged, which took about an hour.

While we were waiting we observed some of the seniors circling the car, curious to ask loads of questions, which I am always happy to answer.

That trip is one of many beautiful voyages I have experienced, and it’s a gift when such journeys happen unexpectedly or when I get lost, especially with a love one.

Dare to get lost and make mistakes, sojourners!  You may discover some unexpected gifts in our world and in yourself!

Much Love, Tonya







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