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.
We returned from several trips this past weekend. I think we’re done with major trips, kenneling and pet-sitting activities for a while but you never know. So where does that leave us? Continue reading “What To Do”
It appears I am always seeking a new start and sometimes those new starts curtail other activities mid-stride. In hindsight, jumping from activity to activity appears to provide a moment of excitement but long-term dissatisfaction with all endeavors as the end result. Continue reading “A New Start”
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”
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”
…are only golden when you have a choice. For those of us who for one reason or another have managed to have our hearing damaged, silence is a bittersweet concept. Continue reading “The Sounds of Silence…”
So here it comes…change. Change can be scary. Change can be exhilarating. Change happens no matter what we do or not do. So here’s to change …at least on this website.
Shoes On A Rail has been on a writing hiatus. Yes, thoughts and stories have occurred but for one reason or another they have not seen the light of internet day. A discussion with friends (Thank you David & Robyn!) helped me discern that this site can be a place for general thoughts (and some posturing) and it can serve as a way to note observations made during “Adventures With Pa.” These can be simply places we’ve visited and what found interesting or distracting, or “Ah Ha!” moments made by my kids, grandkids or me.
So it’s a bit of a change from the original intent of this site. A re-focusing and zooming in of purpose and vision.
I am looking forward to “seeing” things new and getting clarity, and sharing them with anyone who happens across this site.
There are exciting times ahead! See you soon!
This blog was originally intended to reflect on the moments of life and to be more mindful of each interaction, each memory-making scene from the short span of time we are given on this world.
In railing against the ebb and flow of modern crazy-busy schedules, sometimes it is time to put our feet up (for those who are able) to sit and ponder. The immediate visual, as this is written, is to look down at our shoes, sneakers, flip-flops, boot et al and imagine them perched nicely upon a rail…deck, fence, porch, or guard rails made of wood, plastic or metal.
Being “somewhat” analytical, I want to see the results of any process…and generally want to see them NOW.
I was convicted today by a simple phrase in a blog I follow: “It’s only human to want results, and to want them yesterday. But if you’re only focused on the end result, you miss the beauty that’s in the process.” (http://www.magicaldaydream.com/2017/02/balloon-collage.html )
So, I am putting aside my desire for immediate results and am focusing on the joy of the process …
Have an inspirational day!