Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
 
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Drive to North Carolina

Yesterday I leisurely drove to Boone, NC where I spent the night before driving on to Lenoir, NC this morning to interview a prospective. I was in no rush yesterday or today so I could enjoy the fantastic scenery as i drove through parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and into North Carolina. Both days were bright and sunny so the vistas were even more spectacular. The eastern mountains of our land have a beauty all their own.


Yesterday as I was nearing the end of the trip, my GPS indicated far more time that the remaining miles should take. So I thought: "What does it know that I don't?" I found out. Route 321 was closed due to a rock slide so the GPS took me on mountain highways with many hills, switchbacks, and winding curves. It reminded me of my days in New Mexico when I used to drive up into the mountains to relax. I love mountain driving and I really took my time and enjoyed it. When I arrived in Boone to go to my motel I was near the eastern continental divide which means I was at the higher altitude.


Today I drove back on I-40 which was also beautiful. Just before getting into Knoxville, TN I had to come down a long, winding stretch of highway which I found exciting. Trucks were restricted to the right lane and the left lane was bordered by a cement barrier just a few feet beyond the driving lane. So basically I was driving down a narrow "tube" between a cement barrier and a long line of trucks. The speed limit was 55 and my cruise control was set about 60. I managed not to hit the brake for over nine miles as I wound my way down a very steep and winding road. I was first in line so I could set my own pace. As childish as it may sound, I really enjoyed the challenge of steering through the "slalom." It also made the time pass more quickly.


Anyway, I had a good visit with a young man in Lenoir and a relaxing, pleasant drive for about seven hours each day.


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