Soapbox

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”

The End….or Maybe Just A Pause?

So…the end?

Yup.

For now.

A brief (or permanent?) interlude while the mind recovers from all of the attempts and self-imposed pressures of posting thoughts and reflections.

The domain and this material will remain for a while (after all it’s already paid for it) but new material may only appear…well, nowhere on-line.

Why?

Well, let’s just say life hands us new challenges…ones that require more attention and therefore pull us away.

And so, though I am still writing…short-ish stories…I will not feel the pressure to post new material.

Basically, I’m putting my Shoes On A Rail as far as these on-line postings are concerned.

When or if I return, I will ensure this site has an operable subscription link.

But for now…

…this is…

Image by TanteTati from Pixabay

Swimming in the Shallows

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Swimming requires knowledge, practice and overcoming fears.

    • Knowledge on how to perform the strokes, breathing regime and kicks for the situation
    • Practice to become more confident in the ability to handle yourself in the water and become better in the skills glide through the water safely.
    • Overcoming the fears of drowning, the unknown and chaotic water events by hours of practice and knowledge will increase the confidence of how to handle ourselves.

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Footstep Analogies & Metaphors

There are so many analogies and metaphors about footsteps that it seems self-serving to write yet another missive about them. Well, yes in a way it is but it is also my way to explain how everyday events can be used to help me relate stories and thoughts to others. Continue reading “Footstep Analogies & Metaphors”

Screen Savers

If you are reading this then you are probably using a computer of some kind: a Mac, PC or Smartphone. You might have taken the liberty of customizing your lock screen or working screen background. You may have adjusted what happens when your computer is idle by turning on a screen saver of some ilk (it’s here we drop the smartphone which usually turn off). Screen savers originated as a result of a problem of image burn-in on the old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors where if you left an image on long enough, it literally becomes burned into the display and nothing will remove the ghost image.

image: pixabay.com

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Adventuring with Challenges

Message summary: To make an adventure truly enjoyable, pre-planning is a must for those who have to watch what they eat and drink.

A day doesn’t go by when you don’t hear about someone who has a physical condition that limits what he or she can do or eat. Adventuring adds a new level of challenge when we have to consider and make allowance for this.  Continue reading “Adventuring with Challenges”

A Picture is Worth…. Part 2

In an earlier epistle I commented that sometimes a picture could be enhanced by words. I then blithely went on to talk about how to make a picture or combination of pictures speak for themselves without words.

Recently I read an article that repeated the saying “A picture is worth a 1,000 words” and I had an “ah-ha!” moment. And that thought was…”sometimes, not all the time, a picture is literally worth a 1,000 word essay”! Whether the essay is an explanation of its environment and setting, or the feelings and emotions felt and depicted in and through the image, there are times when words will add another layer of color and hue to it.

National Geographic gets this. Guess it was time for me to understand this applies to my personal collection of snapshots.  Continue reading “A Picture is Worth…. Part 2”