I am driving to Chicago from Boston with two kids in the back of my car.  Random observations:

1. Julia Child’s My Life in France audiobook is family-friendly.  It sent the five year old to sleep and the nine year enjoyed it quietly, as did I.  Julia got a couple of rejections before getting her magnum opus accepted by Knopf.

2. Ithaca, Rome, Troy, Seneca Falls, Utica, Syracuse…..Why do so many towns have ancient, classical names?

3. We are staying in Geneva, faux-Switzerland, not Greece or Italy.  I recommend the Ramada Inn, right on the lake.