It is a 900-mile drive to Sierra Vista, Arizona from Morrison, Colorado.

During the trip I had ample time to think about various issues running through my head. I have been influenced by people I have talked with, much of what I have read, and particularly my nomadic lifestyle. All my life I have traveled even in my former occupation. I love to travel; I am a vagabond, a wanderer, a rolling stone, a scamp. I was born under a wandering star, I don’t know if I will ever stop. 

Many years ago I read an interesting book by Lin Yutang that physically and mentally changed my thinking on many topics. It was after several readings of his book “The Importance of Living” I began to become more aware of who I am. I placed an earring in my left ear to commemorate this new awakening. You see many of my beliefs were handed down to me by various people trying to influence my life, my parents, teachers, doctors, clergy, and friends and of course the government all had an impact on the beliefs I held and lived by. They all had good intentions. After careful thought I discovered many of these beliefs were not mine; yet I had been carrying this burden for most of my adult life. It was then I decided to throw them off like an old rag. In my senior years I am much more careful about taking on new beliefs. I now believe the world can be made a more peaceful and more reasonable place if only more humans would just lighten up. Modern man takes life much too seriously and it creates more problems than its worth. All my life I have been so busy chopping wood I had no time to sharpen the ax. It was time for me to seriously examine the origin of my attitudes and begin to enjoy life more whole heartedly. 

Me….. well I’m a scamp and in this present day of threats to democracy and liberties I believe only scamps will survive. A scamp will never accept the bondage of the masses, a disciplined, rigid, obedient and regimented lifestyle. The good Lord knew what he was doing when he created the scamp, a brilliant creature but a scamp nonetheless. Tyrants and elitists have always had a problem with free spirited open minded scamps; their attitudes towards independence and freedom are formidable obstacles. Scamps are champions of human dignity, self determination and liberty; they will be the last to fall in line with the masses, the last to be conquered if at all. Recognizing I am a full fledged scamp I no longer fear speaking out. It doesn’t matter who hears or agrees with me. I refuse to hold antiquated beliefs of life within me, and there are many still floating around out there. I believe it is better to speak out than to remain silent like so many and live a life of foolish idealism of the spirit. I now know the worth of a day relaxing under a tree or loafing in childish naivete as the sun sets in the western skies. Being a scamp makes life worthwhile, stress free, enjoyable and reasonable.