I took our cat to the vet today and the only sane way to do that was to put him in our carry crate (aka cat carrier but we call it a crate). Needless to say, he was not a happy camper. He howled and cried all the way to the veterinarian and all the way back home.
Yes, I did write about this in 2019.
Yes, it did involve an actual obstacle course (for kids).
Yes, it was fun to watch the gkids run around and try to beat each other’s time.
Yes, I am done writing these “Yes” statements. Continue reading “Overcoming Obstacles – 2020 Edition”
Putting on the Adult hat for a moment, I find I resonate with the words in the Escape Adulthood article (https://escapeadulthood.com/blog/2020-06-07/america-is-angry.html) and appreciate the Yoda-ish flavor of the chain reaction of fear (“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” –Yoda). Continue reading ““America is Angry. Now What?” (Escape Adulthood blog)”
I have worn glasses since 7th grade. I would hint at how long ago that was but suffice it to say that it was just after dirt was created. Continue reading “The Art of Seeing Clearly”
Sometimes I sit back and wonder where all the time goes. I mean, I intend on doing this or that but for some reason, those carefully crafted plans never come to fruition. Why is that? What is keeping me from “being all that I can be” to quote a familiar motto? Continue reading “Discipline”
Once upon a time, two groups of people disagreed. Instead of working through their disagreement, some became so entrenched and emotionally attached to their opinions and views, they began building a wall. It was no ordinary wall because once the other group saw the wall going up, they too decided to add to the wall on their side. Those on the left believed they were always right, and only their ideas would ever work; those on the right thought they were always correct, and only their concepts would ever work. Continue reading “The Wall”
I am missing the sounds of whispers, conversation clarity, rustling leaves, the buzz of hummingbird wings, sounds of crickets, peeping of frogs, songs of birds…
…and thankful for technology that allows me to recoup some of this loss. The wind whipping the trees in a chaotic dance as the leaves and the birds make a symphony only nature could produce.
I find myself walking and looking down a lot. I call it the “thoughtful” or “troubled soul” way of walking depending on life’s events. I also find it a way of keeping the world “small” and somewhat controllable. Then I realize what I am doing and look up…and am amazed how that small movement can change my attitude. I stop then pivot my view and look straight up at the trees just beginning to bloom, the blue sky and the rushing clouds. And though I want to control everything in my life, it is good for me to pause in wonder and awe at life around me. I become aware I am part of a larger story…one totally out of my control and that it’s okay to let go, be at peace in the moment, and just rest my swirling thoughts.
After making a comment on-line about my desire yet hesitant need to post some personal opinions, a friend posted this response:
“The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.
Offend away, Pete”
Thanks, Mel! Continue reading “Soapbox”
Okay, every once in a while I read something which turns out to be something I have heard or read before. However, there are times when I run across the same material and an “Ah-Ha!” moment occurs. This is one of them. Continue reading ““The End” Momentarily Rescinded…Do I Need This Thing?”