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Life's Road Trip

Life's Road Trip

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Life's Road Trip

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Sep 10, 2014


Detours, signs, pedestrians, vehicles - these are just a few of the elements encountered when driving, and living. New drivers must learn how to navigate to make their journey fun and safe. More experienced drivers may find a refresher course useful from time to time.

Life's Road Trip is a delightful little cruise through the twists and turns that most people experience as they journey along life's highways, byways, country roads and busy side streets. Concise nuggets of wisdom and anecdotes dot the landscape of the pages of this enchanting little book, providing intriguing suggestions for driving in a way that takes you where you want to go.

The ideal gift for the young or experienced “driver,” readers of all ages will be captivated by the wit and charm of this innovative driving manual from the point of departure to the end of the road.

Kit Duncan's Life's Road Trip - buckle up and shift into gear for the ride of your life!

Sep 10, 2014

Informazioni sull'autore

Kit Duncan is a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience in working with families, children, couples, groups, and individuals. She holds the Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has done postgraduate work at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Kit taught college for fifteen years and has been a presenter at numerous national and regional conferences and workshops. She has been the Clinical Director of Human Services Consultation since 1987. Besides writing and publishing numerous professionally technical articles she has written several novels. Kit lives on a little speck of Paradise located in central Kentucky with her family. Her passions are gardening, hiking, making musical instruments (flutes and strings) and writing songs on them.

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Life's Road Trip - Kit Duncan

Life's Road Trip

A Different Kind of

Driver's Manual

Kit Duncan


Smashwords Edition

Wingsong Publishing House

Nashville TN

Copyright © 2006 by Kit Duncan

All rights reserved.

This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part by any means without express permission from its author.

For additional information:

Kit Duncan

Cover photo by Kit Duncan

Iowa Back Road, September 1980

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.


Jon, naturally

Other Books by Kit Duncan


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Dear Aunt Myrna

Table of Contents

Other Books by Kit Duncan



1 Learning to Drive: Manuals and Mentors

2 Braking and Accelerating

3 Destinations and Road Maps

4 Windshields, Windows, Mirrors, Headlights, and Wipers

5 Signs Along the Way

6 When to Turn, When to Turn Around, When to Just Pull Over for Awhile

7 Pedestrians, Passengers, and Hitchhikers

8 Hills and Curves, Tunnels and Bridges

9 Your Cargo

10 Maintenance: Taking Responsibility for Your Car and Your Driving

11 How You See the Scenery: Your World View

12 Financing Your First Car

13 Music to Drive By

14 Laughter: Your Car's Best Air Freshener

15 Your Driving Log

16 Road Rage

17 Car Insurance

18 The World is Bigger than Your Car

19 Dating in Your Car

20 Journey's End

About the Author


Few books are written and published in isolation. This one in your hands is no exception. While there are many people who have made discreet and overt contributions to Life's Road Trip, I will limit myself to mentioning only a few here.

I am profoundly indebted to my folks Leo and Theda Craig for their wise counsel over many years. They steered me well when I most needed it, and sometimes covered their eyes in horror as I careened down one embankment or another. They always helped me tow myself back up on the road. I miss you both very much.

A very special thanks is extended to M. A. Edmonds, my editor at Wingsong Publishing House, whose many helpful and insightful comments kept me on track. Without you and your great genius of the heart, this book would have been sidetracked indefinitely.

And thank you, Jessica Woodard Brown, whose unflinching support and affection for me over the last 35 years has warmed me and inspired me in geometric proportions. Her first words to me, walking home on the last day of school in 1971, were, You owe me a book! (She had just had to pay for the rain warped 8th grade English textbook assigned to me the previous year.) Jessica, here's your book!


For several months before my nephew Jonathan turned sixteen I struggled with the challenge of what to give him for this special birthday. The ideal gift for a young driver in training?

Naturally, keys to a brand new car. Preferably a candy apple red sports car that clocks in at 130 miles per hour in less than ten seconds with mag wheels and a supersonic stereo system.

There is something quite special, almost mystical, about a young person turning sixteen. In another society he might be escorted along with the other boys his age by the older men in his village to a remote place known only by the males. He and his comrades would spend several weeks enduring the rigors of initiation rites. When he returned to his home he would be known by his parents, family, and everyone in his community as a man, with all the rights and responsibilities attached to manhood.

Jonathan will not be as fortunate as those cousins in that very different society. Instead, his community will remain nebulous about his role. Sometimes we treat him like the child he was only a short time ago, other times we expect him to be the man he will not be for several

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