Spots of Time

Melanie Vuynovich

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need is sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be achieved by vegatating in one little corner of the earth one's lifetime."

Mark Twain, from Innocents Abroad

Special thanks to William Wordsworth, English romantic poet, for first writing about the concept of "spots of time" and giving me a great title for my Web site.

There are in our existence spots of time,
That with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue, whence, depressed
By false opinion and contentious thought,
Or aught of heavier or more deadly weight,
In trivial occupations, and the round
Of ordinary intercourse, our minds
Are nourished and visibly repaired...

-William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, Book Twelfth