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Ribbons Of Highway

Ribbons Of Highway

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by Lori Hein
After September 11, a globetrotting mom and her two kids set off on a 12,000-mile American road trip, discovering their country's majesty and humanity, its unwavering pride and resilience, and the quiet love that binds a family together.


After September 11, a globetrotting mom and her two kids set off on a 12,000-mile American road trip, discovering their country's majesty and humanity, its unwavering pride and resilience, and the quiet love that binds a family together.

Editorial Reviews

Brian Hoffman
The book is so beautifully written that the tapestry that is America comes together In the reading of the book, the ribbons become so colorful The story is such a positive one, that every visit to every place brings more richness.
guest co-host, "The Jordan Rich Show," WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Boston
Jordan Rich
A wonderfully-textured and beautifully written book about not only America as we really should know it, but a discovery of yourself…One of the things I took from this book is the sense of hope…It's really a testament not only to this country, but also to family.
host, "The Jordan Rich Show," WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Boston
Catherine Stollak
Hein deftly accomplishes her goal in presenting the ingredients that give the book its flavor…her exquisite details create majestic pictures.
Taunton Daily Gazette
It's so well done. I can see it going far.
features editor, Attleboro Sun Chronicle

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From the Introduction –



            Although my kids and I didn’t climb into the van and drive off until nine months later, our 12,000-mile American road odyssey began on September 11, 2001.


         Where I was and what I was doing when the planes ripped through New York are part of my life’s fabric.  I was outside painting the fence brown, telling my neighbor Donna that I’d plenty of time now to do the job my 13-year-old son was supposed to have finished because I’d just been laid off.  We groused about the economy’s sorry state and mused over whether things could get any worse.


In the next instant, they did.  The kitchen phone rang.  It was my husband calling from the car to tell me one of the twin towers had been hit.  Mike was on the road, making sales calls, and hadn’t seen any pictures yet.  He’d only heard the radio reports.


The paintbrush hardened outside in the sun, pieces of cut grass sticking up like spikes in the brown mess.


 When Adam and Dana came home from school, we gathered around the table on the deck, and began, as a family, to sort through facts and feelings and fears.  The kids’ teachers had done a good job dispensing comfort and assurance before sending them home.  By the time they got to us, we’d decided we had three things to communicate: they were safe and loved; America was strong; the world’s people were good.


To our family, this last point was as important as the others, because our kids have been traveling the world since they were babies.  Respect for the world’s people is part of their upbringing.  This is a gift, and we’d allow no senseless act, however brutal, nor any retaliatory distrust or intolerance, to steal it.


 My mind’s eye called up images:  two Turkish teenagers kicking a soccer ball with a 5-year-old Adam on the grounds of Topkapi Palace; Adam joining a group of Bolivian boys in tabletop foosball during recess at Copacabana’s school, Lake Titicaca shining at the end of the street; the kids building sand castles with Javier and Daniel, two Belizean brothers who’d pass our hotel each day on their way to class; Dana setting off for a bird walk, in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, with Mike and Masai chief Zapati.  These experiences enrich life and must continue.


As the painful, numbing slowness of the weeks immediately after September 11 yielded to something approximating normalcy, I regained enough focus to give the future some thought.  That future had us traveling again, but this time, we’d get to know our America.


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Ribbons of Highway: A Mother-Child Journey Across America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author vividly captures every mile of their journey with emotion, humor, and appreciation. Ribbons of Highway reminds us of the beauty of the country we live in, the goodness of the people within it, and the joy that comes from sharing life's experiences with those you love. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Just finished tonight: a relaxing, yet invigorating, read. I traveled to places I've been before - like the Tetons - and couldn't have agreed more with the descriptions; taking me back to my own memories. And, I traveled to places I haven't yet been, making a mental list of must-sees: Mackinac Island, Michigan; Fallingwaters, West Virginia; Bend, Oregon; Red Lodge, Montana... I traveled America with this trio, and I feel like I was there. Filled with American pride just by reading. I enjoyed the description of traveler's intuition. This is so much more than just a travel book, though. The personal touches are fantastic. Especially Dana's innocent journal entries, her love of anything horses, and her sweet selflessness. In the end, I too, was happy to be home. And happy to call America home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author's descriptions of various states made me feel as if I was traveling with the trio. I finished the book in two sittings because I couldn't wait to visit the next of our great states. As a mother of two teens, I applaud the author for her desire to share the road with children and I thank her for sharing the goodness of our country with all of us!