trovvit travel with kids 2.0

rv adventures part 2: A 10th anniversary trip to Zion and Bryce (with kids!)

T. Robinson, Bryce

T. Robinson, Bryce

Tenth wedding anniversary?  We headed straight for Vegas - not for renewed vows in the chapel or the tempting tables - but for the proximity to Zion and Bryce and the El Monte RV rental company.  Shakedown complete, fridge filled at Trader Joe’s, we were on our way with Skye (8) and Charlie (6).  Skye sat up front, in Tor’s hat and my glasses, looking dusty and dramatic.   

Tor said, “I have loved being married to you this past nine years.”  Whatever, I thought.  He can’t count.  

We swung into the Zion Campground, right outside the park, for our first night. We were down on the river, but, as in most commercial campgrounds, cheek by jowl with other RV’s.  At the crack of dawn, we loaded our sleepy kids into a Zion Adventures van and were driven to the East Mesa Trailhead.  We walked about 3 miles through cool pines in the dawn, along the spine of the plateau to emerge at the top of Observation Point.  

L. Watts, Zion

L. Watts, Zion

Skye learned not to play with the cute tiny cacti lining the path.  

T. Robinson, Zion

T. Robinson, Zion

We started down the vertiginous trail, kids on the inside, at points edging along the rock.  

L.Watts, Zion

L.Watts, Zion

We met virtuous, vigorous climbers on their way up (4 miles, 2100’ gain) equipped with walking poles.  They seemed so amazed (and disheartened) to see us sauntering down -- “What time did YOU get up?”   “Those KIDS beat ME up here?”-- that we started apologizing to each hiker as they came around the bend --  “Don’t worry, we got a ride to the top! Only hiking down! You’re almost there!”  

L.Watts, Zion

L.Watts, Zion

Despite our having cheated, it was a spectacular walk down, from which we emerged, legs like rubber, around noon.  We collapsed on the free (and frequent) shuttle bus, and spent the rest of the day eating ice creams and napping.  

T. Robinson, Zion

T. Robinson, Zion

The second and third nights, we camped inside Zion at Watchman, which was a spectacular place to moor.  

L. Watts, Zion

L. Watts, Zion

We had a fun (if challenging) hike to Angels Landing.  

T. Robinson, Zion

T. Robinson, Zion

On the way up, the kids climbed in and out of smooth formations in the rocks.  

T. Robinson, Zion

T. Robinson, Zion

Near the top, Torrance and Skye attempted the climb to out to the very tip of Angels Landing rock - but Tor got unnerved when he realized that the handholds and chains were farther apart than Skye's 9 year old arms could reach!  The next morning, we took a picnic stroll down Riverside.  

T. Robinson, Zion

T. Robinson, Zion

On we rolled to Bryce, spending the first night at Ruby’s Inn and RV Campground, outside of the park.  Although not as aesthetically pleasing as campgrounds in the National parks, there was a whole social ecosystem, with families plugged in for week-long stays, packs of kids roaming the grounds on their bikes and babies and moms around the swimming pool.

We woke predawn and piloted the RV into Bryce, parking it near Sunrise Point. We left the kids sleeping in their bunks.  Tor wrapped a blanket around us to ward of the dawn chill and we watched the sun fire the red rock formations.  

T. Robinson, Bryce

T. Robinson, Bryce

In the face of this immensity, Torrance observed, our 9 years together were like a drop in the bucket of time.  Ten years, I corrected him, absently, thinking about coffee and pancakes.

Over the next two days, we explored Bryce, hiking down into the astounding hoodoos. 

T. Robinson, Bryce

T. Robinson, Bryce

On our last night, we made Philly cheese steak sandwiches and drank Prosecco around the fire.  The kids recited anniversary poems they had written.  Tor surprised me with a wedding album, a beautiful, funny volume that the kids retrieved from its hiding place in the side of the RV.

T. Robinson, Bryce

T. Robinson, Bryce

“I knew you've felt guilty for the past 9 years about not having put it together, so I did it for you.”

“Wait. Was there a year in there where we weren’t married?” I said.  “No,” he said, teasing, “Just a day here and there . . . I figure it’s cumulative.”

So we drank to 9 very happy years while the kids climbed on the top of the RV to bask in the full moon.

T. Robinson, Bryce

T. Robinson, Bryce

Details:  I have saved this trip to my account in trovvit and can share details through my travel records with friends and family.

Flight: RT Newark to Vegas on Delta ($288), leaving June 3rd and returning June 11th.  

Hotel: Las Vegas: Because our flight landed at 9pm, we spent the night at the Westin Las Vegas, using American Express Starwood points for the room.  

RV: We rented the FS31 from El Monte RV rentals in Las Vegas.  We paid $1800 for 7 nights, an estimated 600 miles, kitchen kit and linen kit.  You can check out the floorplans as well at http://www.elmonterv.com/rent-an-rv-search-results/

Zion

Zion Campground Campground and RV Resort: ($49/night) We spent the first night here because I wasn’t able to reserve a spot at Watchman. It was clean, simple, and conveniently right across the street from Zion Adventures. http://www.zioncamp.com/

Watchman Campground: ($30/night) Spectacular.  Reserve at www.recreation.gov (This is an amazing site where you can not only reserve your site in almost any park in America BUT they have photos showing the view from your campsite!)

Zion Adventure Company: http://www.zionadventures.com.  Super nice and organized.  Van to East Mesa Trailhead was $29 per person.

Bryce

Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground: ($60/night) http://www.brycecanyoncampgrounds.com/.  Clean with a small pool and showers.  

North Campground: ($30/night) Perfect location.  Here’s the trick, most of the RV locations in Bryce are not reservation, but first-come-first-serve.  www.recreation.gov  We had a backup reservation at Ruby’s, but pulled in and snagged a prime spot the morning after we arrived.

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rv adventures, part one: destination wedding in the sierra nevadas

T. Robinson, Mono Lake, 2008

T. Robinson, Mono Lake, 2008

Sometimes it's hard having adventurous outdoorsy friends.  Destination wedding at a ranch off the grid in the Sierra Nevadas?  Bring the kids?  Oh, yes! But, where to stay? We didn't want to camp out, because the kids were 7 and 5 and the weatherman predicted snow. The nearest hotel was in Bridgeport, 45 minutes away and cost $300/night for two rooms. Given all the events at the ranch, we'd be driving back and forth all day and night.  What to do? 

T. Robinson, FFF, 2008

T. Robinson, FFF, 2008

RV.  Or, as I like to call it: my Land Yacht.

We reserved a cabover FS31, called the “Chalet” for pickup in Reno, Nevada.  For $200/night we had a house and transportation.  It was epic.

Torrance was already in California and called me the night before I took off with the kids, "Pack their ski jackets." It was 80 degrees in New York, I thought he was insane.  "It's snowing here," he said.  We landed in Reno and walked out of Arrivals to find a 31 foot white RV waiting at passenger pick up, Torrance behind the wheel. The side door opened, stairs flipped down and we boarded with our luggage. We hit Trader Joe’s for groceries and Torrance cooked our first dinner of pasta and sauce in the Target parking lot while I picked up supplies.

Driving to Bridgeport that night, we listened to tunes, cosy and warm, kids tucked into the bunkbeds in the back. Pulled into Twin Lakes Campground in the dark and then snuggled into our double bed in our room at the stern. In the morning the picture window over our bed framed snow covered mountains. Drove to the ranch and dropped anchor next to the wedding tent. 

Kids were ecstatic - our RV was a like a tree house on wheels. I fed them real food, when they were hungry. Never had to stop to pee.  

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We were at the ranch for an afternoon hike, evening rehearsal dinner, morning wedding, afternoon horse shoe competition and an all night party in the tent. 

T. Robinson, FFF, 2008

T. Robinson, FFF, 2008

Then, we hit the road!  Saw Mono Lake and explored an old volcano, with enormous light pumice stones and deep black obsidian.

T. Robinson, Mono Lake, 2008

T. Robinson, Mono Lake, 2008

We were the only tourists poking around Brodie Ghost Town in the snow.

T. Robinson, Brodie, 2008

T. Robinson, Brodie, 2008

Snow had closed the pass to Yosemite, so we spent a night at June Lake.

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We were RV converts.  

For years “RV curious” friends have asked me how, where, when and what. Now that I have trovvit, I’ve created a “record” of this trip that includes pictures and travel details that I can easily share.  If you would like a trovvit records of this intinerary, email us at info@trovvit.com.  Then when you take your RV trip, you can make record in trovvit (www.trovvit.com) and share it with your friends -- so we can spread the RV love.

Travel Details:

RV: We rented the FS31 from El Monte RV rentals in Reno.  You can check out the floor plans as well at http://www.elmonterv.com/rent-an-rv-search-results/

We liked the FS31, because it has bunk beds for the kids, a double bed in its own room for us, a full shower and a pop-out side to make a larger living space when we were camped.  For around $200, El Monte provides all linens (sheets, blankets, towels and pillows) and a full kitchen kit.  

Campgrounds: www.recreation.gov (This is an amazing site where you can not only reserve your site in almost any park in America BUT they have photos showing the view from your campsite!)

Lower Twin Lakes Campground, ($24 for up to 35 feet - no electric hook up).

June Lake Camground ($22 for up to 60 feet - no electric hook up) with a gorgeous view over June Lake.

Campgrounds are often run by a nice retired person who checks you in, takes your money and often has firewood you can buy for roasting marshmallows over the firepit!

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Grand Canyon, L. Watts

Grand Canyon, L. Watts

I am a travel nerd.  I love to travel, I have always travelled and, given any excuse, I will drop everything and get on a plane.  In my teens and twenties, I kept a notebook on every trip - recording thoughts, museums receipts, sketches, contacts for new friends.  I’d print out photos and stow them in a photo binder with the name of the trip on the spine.  And then shelve them.  I married a travel nerd (around the world at 19, hoboing on freight trains across America, camping at Machu Picchu) and his journals and photo albums joined mine on our bookshelf.  

We travelled cheap (miles, last minute, rooms in people’s homes BEFORE Airbnb).  With the advent of the internet, the power of the travel agent was in my hands, and I could research and book odd lovely hotels, in hard to reach places, with ease.

Gare de Montparnasse, T. Robinson

Gare de Montparnasse, T. Robinson

When we had kids, we threw them in our carry-ons and headed off.  Kept it cheap and cheerful.  Less time for notebooks, but infinite photo opportunities!

Troncones, T. Robinson

Troncones, T. Robinson

Thirteen years in, I’ve amassed loads of itineraries appropriate for kids and adults: France, Italy, Texas, Grand Canyon, Mexico, Bryce, Zion, Sierra Nevadas, D.C., more Mexico, Galapagos, Alaska, Bahamas, Turkey, England . . .  

London, T. Robinson

London, T. Robinson

Friends ask me frequently - how did you go? when? where? and I find myself writing the same email about where to stay in Cappadocia or who to surf with in Troncones.  trovvit is immeasurably helpful for keeping track of where we’ve been and what we’ve enjoyed.  I make a record a day (photos, eats, museums, hotel).  

In the moment, I can share our experiences on the trip (privately!) with family or a select group of friends.  My mom tells me, "I love these "recuerdos!"  It's like I'm on the trip with you!"  A week later (or a year later), if someone is interested in replicating the itinerary, I can share the trovvit records of the whole trip.

Cappadocia, T. Robinson

Cappadocia, T. Robinson

remaster your record

When we were designing trovvit we thought hard about the name of the thing we were asking people to create to help organize their learning.  “Post” seemed impermanent - like a Facebook post - a missive that disappeared into one’s feed.  History? Intimidating.  Log Entry? A little Star Trek-y. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).  Card? Postcard? Too cute.

We liked “record.”  As a noun, and as a verb. Noun: She set a personal record.  He has a fine record. Verb: Record your memories.  

Are we the sum of our records?  So much of our life seems subject to records from institutions - which may or may not fairly reflect anything about us.   I think that my public record - grades, addresses, tax record, voting record, job record - gives only a rough outline of who I am.  

I would prefer to set my own record - choosing what is important to me to recordwhat makes a fine record.  A grade from a school might reflect how hard I worked in a class - but it  won’t reflect what I pursue with passion - a record of books read, mountains hiked, gardens planted.  A record of failures and successes.  I want to record what I have learned, why I learned it, how I changed in response to failure.  My track record.

I am interested in mushrooms.  I bought a book.  Skye’s math teacher, Nick Fiori, and his wife Kristin, are amateur mycologists.  They spent a day with us in the woods, collecting.  We powered up the microscope, we poured over images in the books, we sorted, looked, talked.  With a little wine and butter, Nick cooked the chanterelles and the boletes.   In trovvit, I have a mushroom hunting record.  Photos of the mushrooms we identified, a description of where we found them, how we identified them, what they tasted like.  The next time we go, I'll create another trovvit record.  And so on.

 In this internet age it is common wisdom that, increasingly, people will learn outside traditional schools - in MOOCS, online language courses, certification courses in coding or designing.  I think that is probably true.  

But I think that another kind of “extra-curricular” learning - acquiring knowledge through experience and study -- on a hike, in church, at a public lecture, sailing across the bay, painting a picture -- is not revolutionary but actually pre-dates traditional schooling.  

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We designed trovvit to encourage people to recognize that these pursuits are a valuable form of learning.   The Oxford English Dictionary defines “learning” as: Noun: The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught (emphasis added).  trovvit encourages you to record what you choose to experience and study - your track record - and fill in that rough outline . . .

30 second pitch?

We owe a huge thanks to Sheknows The Pitch, who gave us the opportunity to make this terrific piece.   

In October, Sheknows, a media platform for women, invited us to make a video about trovvit for their new program, The Pitch.  The Pitch supports women entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to put together a 30 second video pitch about their business and then publishes the videos on their platform.

At SheKnows, Jen Denton and Julia Cannon helped us refine our ideas and language and director Melissa cajoled, kidded and conned me into a lightning performance.  We owe them (and Sam Skey) a huge thanks times two, because they filmed us not once, but TWICE!

We think The Pitch rocks!  To check out our fellow entrepreneurs go to: http:// www.sheknows.com/special-series/the-pitch

 

 

advice for new parents ...

Start as you mean to go on.
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I think this was the single most valuable piece of advice I got when I became a parent.  Parenting is a series of choices made in chaos and the more that you can nail down healthy habits that you think will serve you in the long term, oddly, the more flexibility you have for the fun and silliness of kids.  For example, if you think your kid (and you) will be happier if they nap everyday, then choose a time, commit, and put them in their room everyday.  If you cook for your kids and want to prepare one meal per seating, then resist the temptation to cater to tastes, and prepare one meal.  This advice also applies to the dreaded babybook . . . .

When Skye and Charlie were born and throughout their babyhoods, I wanted to keep all the wonderful mementos - wrist I.D.’s, birth announcements, baby footprints, notes from friends, and records of their first foods, words, steps.

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But it was chaos, so I did my best and threw everything in a 3-ring binder.  It didn’t get any less busy as they headed into preschool - so into the binder went first stories, drawings, letters from my parents, class pictures.  It looked nothing like the classy babybook someone had given me, but it was saved (kind of ) somewhere at least.

If I were having a baby today, I’d start as I meant to go on - and save it all to trovvit.  I’d start with sonograms and share it with family and a few friends (Facebook is nice, but do all those folks really want to see pictures of your sonogram?).  A photo of Skye in that beautiful blanket shared with the aunt who gave it.

That video of Charlie climbing out of the crib onto the mantel (yikes!).  The email my mom wrote when she looked after Skye for a weekend.  And then trovvit would also be there for first school days, poems, t-ball.  

What is the purpose of putting these things into trovvit?  Nostalgia?  Yes.  

But it is also a record of an evolution.  Skye and Charlie love to flip through their binders - messy and odd tho’ they are.  “Who wrote this note?  Were my feet really that small?  How old was I when I drew that?”   

But much of Skye and Charlie’s special moments are buried deep in a photo library somewhere.  (Just finding the images for this post took FOREVER)  

I’m slowly digging them out - birthday parties, halloween costumes -- and loading them into trovvit.  It’s fun for me to have a record of them - birth to teen - and important for them to be able to see how far they’ve come . . .

And now I’ve started as I mean to go on with trovvit - all of their sports, music, adventures, artwork is collected and shared - sometimes once a week - sometimes multiple times a day- through trovvit.

 

 

remember filofaxes?

The world is so full of a number of things
I’m sure we should be as happy as kings”
— Happy Thought - Robert Louis Stevenson
    Filofaxes?  Remember them?  I did, the other day, sitting in a cafe while it rained outside, and I smiled.  I had a British boyfriend in the late ‘80’s who was very stylish and I was super impressed by his Filofax - all those tabs and receipts and tickets and contacts.   Evidence of his super busy but super organized life.

 

Filofaxes?  Remember them?  I did, the other day, sitting in a cafe while it rained outside, and I smiled.  I had a British boyfriend in the late ‘80’s who was very stylish and I was super impressed by his Filofax - all those tabs and receipts and tickets and contacts. Evidence of his super busy but super organized life.

    And CD towers?  When I was first dating Torrance in the late ‘90’s, he had one.

 

And CD towers?  When I was first dating Torrance in the late ‘90’s, he had one.

And photo albums?  After our 2001 wedding Torrance and I received a binder full of 4X6 photographs - proofs from which we were to choose images for our wedding album.  They are still in that binder.    All the “things” that were in those Filofaxes are now tucked away in our phones - easily accessed, shared, backed up.  We still own those CD’s, but we saved them into our iTunes/hard drive and we can (and do!) easily listen to any track, any time on any device.  No dusting.  Our wedding photos?  Torrance scanned them in and made several books we shared with our families.     Saving our kids stuff to trovvit is just a natural progression.  Yes, in the moment it feels a little overwhelming - where do I start?  But just like we loaded our contacts into our phone for the first time, we upload a photo of the first bike ride, scan in a poem, share a video of the kindergarten graduation on trovvit. With trovvit we can "play" the records of our kid's moments, anywhere on any device.  Like the wedding album, our parents have a "copy" of what our kids make and learn and do.  And though we keep some hard copies of their work - we don't have to worry about losing Charlie's National Parks Junior Ranger Badge.  It's in trovvit!    Over the next few weeks, as kids bring home work from their first semester, we will post how-to videos about saving your kids “things” to trovvit.  And then we will be "as happy as kings!"    I promise you will look back at the folders, boxes and portfolios and think, Remember that?

And photo albums?  After our 2001 wedding Torrance and I received a binder full of 4X6 photographs - proofs from which we were to choose images for our wedding album.  They are still in that binder.

All the “things” that were in those Filofaxes are now tucked away in our phones - easily accessed, shared, backed up.  We still own those CD’s, but we saved them into our iTunes/hard drive and we can (and do!) easily listen to any track, any time on any device.  No dusting.  Our wedding photos?  Torrance scanned them in and made several books we shared with our families.


Saving our kids stuff to trovvit is just a natural progression.  Yes, in the moment it feels a little overwhelming - where do I start?  But just like we loaded our contacts into our phone for the first time, we upload a photo of the first bike ride, scan in a poem, share a video of the kindergarten graduation on trovvit. With trovvit we can "play" the records of our kid's moments, anywhere on any device.  Like the wedding album, our parents have a "copy" of what our kids make and learn and do.  And though we keep some hard copies of their work - we don't have to worry about losing Charlie's National Parks Junior Ranger Badge.  It's in trovvit!

Over the next few weeks, as kids bring home work from their first semester, we will post how-to videos about saving your kids “things” to trovvit.  And then we will be "as happy as kings!"

I promise you will look back at the folders, boxes and portfolios and think, Remember that?

What trovvit is teaching me . . .

By Laurel Watts

Is trovvit just for recording my kids’ passions?  Using trovvit, I discovered something about myself . . .

In early September, I was walking down Clinton Street after drop off and ran into my friend Alison.  Direct as always, she asked how I was, and reported that she was feeling antsy. “Everyone else in my family is headed back to school – what am I doing new?  What am I learning?”  By chance, that week, I came across a blurb in a parenting magazine, “It’s back-to-school season!  What do you want to learn next?”  Editors from the magazine had answered, “I want to learn to be a strong swimmer” and “Archery!” and “I’d love to start playing the piano again.”

When I first set up my trovvit account, it defaulted to my (empty) feed and a bummer of a notice that said, “Your story has not yet started!  Post an achievement here!”  I would quickly click off this page into Charlie and Skye’s feed, which I had begun to populate with photos of their art work, travel, riding, cycling, LEARNING.  

My feed remained . . . empty.

“Here goes!” I thought.  Since I was cleaning all the old photos off my phone and into trovvit, I began to look for photos I could put in my feed. Lumped in amongst hundreds of other pictures, I found shots I had taken of things I cooked. Organized in my bin I could see a pattern:

 

“Aha!”  I thought.  “Apparently, I make sweet things – I pick blueberries and make pies, strawberries and make jam, apples and make sauce.”  I photograph them so I can learn what I liked, what I did well, how I would do it better next time.   So I do have a passion I pursue!  It took organizing them in trovvit to see what I was learning.   I wonder what else I do . . .

What makes your child tick?

by Ashley Goodale

On October 20, The Washington Post published an interesting Opinion piece by Phyllis Fagell, entitled Not just high schoolers anymore: my middle school students are feeling the pressure to succeed.   The author, a middle school counselor in Bethesda, Md. observes that,

"as a community, we are not making it easy for kids to take the risks that lead to self-discovery. The stress level among my 13 and 14-year-old students approximates what I saw several years ago when I counseled high school seniors. There is a sense that they need to follow a prescribed path, to perform well in every discipline. Parents and students fear that even middle school choices might have an impact on college admissions. As a result, when students earn a low grade or don’t like their math placement or get cut from a team, they can become unmoored."

Ms. Fagell encourages parents to,

"give students permission to be brave explorers. We can emphasize that the highs and lows are both useful because they reveal what makes them tick — what sparks their intellectual curiosity and brings them joy. At the dinner table, we can ask them about their favorite (and most detested) subjects. We can gently inquire whether they actually like playing travel soccer four days a week. Maybe they have been thinking they might like to try cooking or painting.”

Finally, Ms. Fagell argues that in order to lower our children’s stress levels, we need to “honor what makes them unique and help them develop self-awareness.”  

Here at trovvit, we think fostering your child’s passions is key to their future happiness.  We can honor what makes them unique by keeping track of what is engaging our children – uploading a picture of their drawing of a ball gown, a trip to the local Science museum, a certificate from a coding class.  We can help them develop self awareness by showing them what is collected in their trovvit account, and encouraging them to add to it.  And what trovvit can do is help create a visual history of “what makes them tick - what sparks their intellectual curiosity and brings them joy.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/10/20/not-just-high-schoolers-anymore-my-middle-school-students-are-feeling-the-pressure-to-succeed/

What I learned at the New York Times Symposium on College Admissions and Preparation

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By Laurel Watts

I spent Saturday in a packed auditorium at the New York Times Building and heard from five panels about the best way to go about applying to college.   The panel participants gave thoughtful, detailed advice to an audience that appeared to be 75% parents and 25% students

Know thyself

The overall takeaway was “know thyself.”  Or, as Sarah Meyers McGinty said, ask yourself, “How do I roll?”

In order to choose a college that is a good “fit,” you need to know who you are and what you are interested in.  Amy Jarich, Admissions, Berkeley

To write a compelling college essay in your authentic voice, you need to reflect on yourself -- what personality trait you would like to convey and what story in your life reveals that trait.  Sarah Myers McGinty, Education researcher and author.

Or conversely, what interesting story do you have to tell and how does that story reveal your thinking, writing skill, personality?  Bruce Weber, New York Times.

College rankings are meaningless, unless the criteria by which they are ranked are important criteria to you.  Jordan Goldman, founder of Unigo.

Finally, “College is a transformative experience, so ask “How do I want to be different?”  Alexander McCormick, Director, Nat’l Survey on Student Engagement.

All good.  But, at 15 or 16 years old, how do you know yourself?  Where do you start?  

Sarah Myers McGinty suggested that students begin in ninth grade to stockpile potential material -- a list of things done in the community, in their context.  She suggested that students keep a file on the computer “where you can throw stuff.  Look into your life, if you understand this moment or commitment, you can understand me.” Evan Cranston, a recent Brown graduate said, “I wish I had the advice of keeping a list of the really cool things I did in my life.”

As my kids, Skye and Charlie, add materials to their trovvit accounts, a story emerges.  Actually, several possible stories emerge from their trovvit records organized into narratives.  A record of an award won.  A record of a weekly practice, an annual puppet parade, a game lost, a tough hike, a poetry collection.   Their “stockpile” on trovvit will serve them well in only a few years . . .