Inspired by a grandson who needed to learn how to describe a setting and a Youtube video of a quiet stream in the midst of a fall forest (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSilentWatcherCom, specifically https://youtu.be/IadsLclBOS8 ) .
What? What the heck is “hydrostatic pressure”? Well, it’s the water pressure in the ground around the home, as an example. It is the all too frequent cause of water damage inside the home when the pressure pushes the water through the nooks and crannies…and sometimes seemingly impenetrable walls of the home. Once inside, it can lead to damage to flooring, furniture, and walls. It can also linger on as mold and mildew. Continue reading “Hydrostatic Pressure”
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.
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”
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.
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?”
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.
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…