At the zoo it is easy to make kids think in new ways and discover alternate or funny meanings in the simplest settings. Yes, there is the serious side of learning about nature, animals, climates, and so on but there are times to teach, kid around, and just have fun as well.
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!
Have you ever passed an empty playground? I have. Ones that are empty due to the time of day, time of year, or just empty due to the passage of time, the departure of families and distractions of modern life.
Pete Nehnevajsa @ September 13 at 3:43pm ·
Well, this little fella was just sitting by the bank of a stormwater run-off ditch. Not wanting him to be swirled away during a storm, I adopted him and gave him a home. No muss, no fuss, no vet bills or food ills to worry about.
I named him Crock short for Cat Rock to give new meaning to commonly used phrases like “that’s a crock”.
So Crock’s here to stay as part of September’s Escape Adulthood project. Enjoy!
Pete Nehnevajsa @ 9/27/2016 at 11:07am ·
I knew Crock (Cat Rock) was getting lonely without me being around 24/7 so I sought other companions. Enter Dough. Dough is such a dear and became a ray of sunshine for Crock. Me? I didn’t have fa to go to sew up this relationship. I asked Dough and he said “La Tea!” which everyone knows means “fantastic!”…well, according to Dough-ish languages at least. So there you have it Dough-Ray-Me-Fa-Sew-La-Tea-Dough. Sounds like music, hunh? Second EA assignment complete!
Sometimes life’s events make us “grow up” too quickly. We forget, never experience or lose the joy of play. Life takes it’s tolls and the light-heartedness that accompanies play is discarded in order to survive.
But it’s never too late. Continue reading “Adulthood”
“Life is a fragment, a moment between two eternities, influenced by all that has preceded, and to influence all that follows. The only way to illumine it is by extent of view.” (William Ellery Channing)
Taking a few moments out of the day I randomly picked a local town to visit: Enon NC. On my way to and from there, I noticed a sign for “Old US 421 River Park” just inside the Forsyth County line. This is a small park set on the bank of the Yadkin River and it features a few picnic tables, a couple of swings, a horseshoe pit and lots of area to just throw down a blanket and relax. The concrete pathway, however, caught my attention since it rolled down to the river.
Reading the sign posted by the walkway, this access point is a great jump off place to canoe, kayak or raft with egress at the Tanglewood Park Access. For the avid water seeker, this is a journey of 5.5-8 hours on a 15.7 mile stretch of the Yadkin River.
And yes, those are my shoes on a rail. Continue reading “Precarious”
I have been reading and observing a lot about the “lost” art of playfulness in our lives, and the real benefits of looking at life through the eyes of play. Reflecting on it, it seems that we become educated away from play; we begin to separate play times from work times and begin the process of dying from terminal professionalism once we enter the marketplace (although granted there are some companies that encourage creativity, silliness, playfulness, and lightheartedness while continuing to get the work done). Continue reading “Way Too Serious…Or Not”