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I really couldn't think of a title for our blog when I first created it. At the time I was listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and I couldn't think of anything else but how perfect the title was. Then I got to thinking about Eat Pray Love, and how she was reimbursed for her travels by writing the book. That got me thinking, I might be able to write a book about our travels, and I've been thinking of a title for the book ever since. It obviously couldn't be Zen and the Art of... so I came up with this. I think it fits us better because I don't think I'm even close to finding Zen, and following the format of Zen the art of... followed by an entry title that went along with the blog title was getting old. Example (if you didn't figure this out) Zen and the Art of Seeing Where the Twain Never Meet. Would have been easier to just call it Where the Twain Never Meet, but Zen and the Art of Where the Twain Never Meet isn't quite a sentence. So we have given up on this format, and I think its about time to personalize the name, so tell me what you think (I still have to ask Joe too, so he can also vote).

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I like it. The short, memorable title with the long evocative subtitle works well. But will "Southwest" still fit when you cross the Pacific?

by Sheryl S

I like the subtitle a lot...But for the title maybe something like "And I took the one less traveled by" or "Meeting the World" or I dunno something about unconventional traveling, becoming one with nature and the world, exploration...I am tired...I'll keep thinking!

by BritterBee

needless to say...this poem does remind me of you two:

Robert Frost. 1875–

67. The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

by BritterBee

"Seeing Where the Twain Never Meet" seems to me to have excellent quality.

by Robert M. Pirsig

i like it, how about South by Southwest (passage), (or would that be a copyright infringement on North by Northwest - Nate? your two cents here please:)
did you know the alternate title for eat, pray, love was " the red, the fat and the beautiful?"
p.s. i did figure the "zen and the art of..." after about a week; it was cute, but you are right, starting to not work; and remember, tony and jennifer said you should publish this as a book, they think you are amazing writers! i do too. just please let sheryl spell check it:) physics people!

by georgi r

Historically, I like southwest passage, because it was sought after as a means to reach Asia. However, I don't think it is a good selling point. I would walk past the book because I would think it had something to do with sailing. I'm still thinking and I still REALLY like the subtitle, and also agree with mom on the spell check thing...oh, at least you're both pretty...

by BritterBee

Another potential problem I just discovered is that "Southwest Passage" is the title of at least a couple of books on Amazon, including a recent one that presents the early years of Southwest Airlines. I'll keep thinking. I agree with Brittany about coming up with a title that reflects what you're doing, as the subtitle does. And I'll be happy to help with proofreading, as Georgi suggested.

by Sheryl S

Wow, robert pirsig commented! how cool is that! i think you should keep the subtitle though, it is super great. like 'eat, pray, love, one womans search for everything through italy, india and indonesia. i also saw a cut one today by Madeline Albright, (who was Bill Clinton's Secretary of State)- her book is called "Read My Pins - Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box." the title was so intriguing, i read the inside flap, and she has photographs of her beautiful collection of pins, that she would wear on her blazers, like when Saddam Hussein called her a treacherous snake, she wore a golden snake pin the next time she met him.

by georgi r

ok, so i'm in Phoenix. i get a couple hours sleep, and then my new stupid cell phone beeps (thank you) to tell me that it's battery is done charging, and i can't go back to sleep. so, i decide to get a kick ass name for vanessa and joe's blog. after a couple hours of tossing and turning, and rejecting a couple dozen, i think of one more, and fall asleep.
now, either that is an omen that it is a good name, or i was really tired (jet lag)
anyway, i'm going to type it down below here, just fyi, i can't write, so it probably sucks, or it is pure genius, i can't decide. i'm a teacher, so i tend to overexplain, but i think titles should be concise and intriguing. if zen's author reallly told you to name it that Twain thing I can't remember, that is cool, but i don't know what it means(much like vanessa and laura when they encountered it in an essay question in another life), and it doesn't intrigue me to pick up the book and read the dust jacket - it says to me- hmmmm, maybe it's about Mark Twain, or that two roads diverging in a yellow wood thing- but, don't know, and not intrigued enough to find out.
OK, so read my (probably lame) attempt at a title, but let it roll around in your open mind for a bit, like a hard peppermint candy rolls around in your mouth, then digest it, and ask your heart and your gut what they think. here goes; (oh, and i definitely love the subtitle and it should be kept below any title you decide on)

scroll down (not the title, but a good alternate)

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Trudging Joyful

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let it roll around in your mind

trudging joyful
2 people's journey into the West to discover the Far East, held together by pins, screws, a silverwing, and unending quests for the experiences of this world

(p.s.if you like it, get nate to copyright it, or whatever you do with book titles, it's on the internet. but, since i can't write, you probably don't have to worry about it ;) title, by Georgi, October 24, 2009 :)

by georgi r

somehow it doesn't sound as awesome now as it did at 4 in the morning -

by georgi r

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