Greensboro Science Center: a Land, Air and Sea Adventure

There are times when the boys and I want to see a bit of land, air and sea so we wander over to the Greensboro Science Center. After we paid for admission (Science Center only not additional activities like Skywild) we entered the building and tossed our entrance tokens into the charity of our choice. Then the adventure began with migrating to the sea side (Aquarium) of the center.

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Greensboro Children’s Museum – an Adventure in Distractions

The opportunity arose to go with my granddaughter, Analise, to the Greensboro Children’s Museum so of course I said “YES!” Little did I realize this would be an adventure into the world of distractions.

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First TRACK Trail Adventure – Lake Daniel Park Greensboro

I recently came across a mention of the TRACK Trail adventures. It sounded intriguing so I continued my on-line journey to the kidsinparks.com website and read a bit about it. The whole point is to get kids back outside to enjoy and discover the wonders of nature. It sounded good to me so I created yet-another-online-login-account (side note: abbreviated yaola…I’m going to use this term whenever any on-line request comes across to create yaola). Continue reading “First TRACK Trail Adventure – Lake Daniel Park Greensboro”

Adventure with Paint

Okay, if you are a very neat person who becomes squeamish at the thought of open paint jars inside your house then you may not want to venture any further. Painting, like so many things, can be a skilled, learned, and practiced form of artistic expression, or it can be a free-for-all fling of wildly matched and mixed colors with no thought to drawing anything that resembles…well, anything.

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Adventures with Pa – The List

THE LIST

So now that I’ve committed to jotting down Adventures With Pa I had to ask myself…

“Self, where do we start?”

And of course since I was speaking to myself, I didn’t have a ready answer. So I decided to just start with what activities, places, and “stuff” I have been blessed to participate and observe with my grandkids.

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Adventures With Pa

Yes, my grandkids have deemed “Pa” as a suitable title for me and I have embraced it fully! It is simple, sounds like a crow cawing, rolls off the tongue and is easy to remember (for kids and me!).

What I will note on these pages are trip and activity “snapshots” where the places we’ve been, sights we’ve seen and adventures we’ve taken are captured in short nuggets of humor and whimsy.

So get ready…get set…here we go!

A Bit of Refocusing

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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!

Lost… but …Found

Dedicated to all of us, for we all suffer the pain of loss and our internal stories of regret.

First birthday.

A time of joy and cake

A time of presents
   more for the adults
      than the children
         who are entranced by boxes, crinkly paper, balloons, ribbons and sounds

A time to remember and celebrate
   From the first smiles to out loud giggles
   From rolling and crawling to the first faltering steps to running at breakneck speeds

But then time slips by...
   And the past becomes a shadow

Hugs that are but memories
   Snuggles that are missed
      Laughter and wonder that have faded

Photographs, videos, doodles, drawings, writings and cards are our time capsules
   Snippets of moments
      some beautiful, some enchanting, some upsetting
   Providing ways to observe the changes
      and take note of who this person is becoming
   Messages from tiny scratchings on various media to live video and artwork drawn with care
      giving us a clue into the heart, mind and soul of others

And a memory, song, place, smell, and story can catapult us back...
   to where we can experience and re-live how we felt
      the joys we felt
         the smiles we shared
            the hearts that were joined in an unending symphony of gratitude

Here's to dreams -- fulfilled and unfulfilled
   to joy and wonder -- experienced and shared

And as we remember our grief amid the whirlwind of loss


   may friends surround us
      keep us
         hear and listen to us

So that they too may know who once walked this world
   who once discovered a smile in the simplest of things
      who once shared a secret or message shining light into even the darkest crags

And with that... help ease the loss
   Quell the regrets
      And focus on the blessings and lessons imparted by their presence in our life