About the time America was annexing the Republic of Texas a journalist by the name of John O'Sullivan coined the term Manifest Destiny to describe the providence with which our young nation would spread from one ocean to another. He believed that it was not the purposeful actions of armies and governments that led us forward, but instead, a divine destiny carried by horseback and covered wagon across the great expanses of the continent.
Each day I am compelled forward by a force I neither see nor fully understand. I feel the pull of places unknown that lie just beyond the horizon. So, here on this block, in my comfortable suburaban home, I am a pioneer.