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 ) .
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”
Fishing itself is an adventure. Add two boys (4 and 7 year old) and the adventure just gets….better? Well, it depends on the fishing lake or creek, the weather, the bites on the fishing line, the bugs and the hopeful catches.
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.
There is a strong belief that the phrase “Just the facts, ma’am” originated on a radio then television program called “Dragnet.” The program was authored and starred Jack Webb and though the quote sounds to be something his “Joe Friday” character would espouse, it is actually not from the show. Continue reading ““Just the facts, ma’am””
We are creatures who have built in a set of blinders to everything.
What a generalization! It begs for quick messages of dispute and disagreement but let me try to explain.
Shoes on a Rail…enjoying the moment.
Have you ever focused on something and realized later how much you automatically filter out?
So much time was spent in focusing on the shoes and ensuring the lake was in the picture that it was not until after the shot was taken that the wires, cars, houses, planter, fire hydrant et al were noticed. They could be edited out of the picture but they serve as reminders for us to really look around and notice what else gets filtered out in life. Continue reading “Notice Your Filters”
It’s hard to see in the photograph but there is actually a train track in the background and in Wilmore KY there are still trains that run on this track. Going from one place to another in the endless pursuit of moving goods and people closer to where they are needed. Using the Dragan effect to make the photo more dramatic takes the viewer back a few years. Back to when all train tracks had a purpose and those who ran the trains served the country from coast to coast. Continue reading “RxR”
“Celebrate what’s right with the world.” (Dewitt Jones)
It is amazing how difficult it is to walk a neighborhood and just be an observer. There is a tendency to permit daily to-do’s, reflections on past events, preparations for future events, and temptations to grab the smartphone to check emails/social media. This permission snatches my attention from the riotous colors of springtime flowers, the green lawns following recent rains, the sounds of dogs barking their warnings and songbirds singing their praises, the flights of winged butterflies and birds, and the cool spring breeze caressing everything in its’ path.
It is challenging to be in the moment and simply notice the physical effects of the walk: Continue reading “Perspectives”
Along life’s roads it is awe-inspiring to be blessed with a companion; someone who will take the journey and not follow or lead but walk besides you. To take each step together even though there may be short partings as one wanders off the path to investigate new sights, lessons and experiences. Continue reading “Companion(s)”