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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-34

Today I’m on a road trip with CeCi and her brood.  It’s a bittersweet trip as we take Mr. B to Wyo-tech to begin his all-grown-up years perfecting his talents and skills as a craftsman.  He’s the first grandchild to leave the nest for school. “You seem like a man,” I said to him over lunch. “Yup,” he replied taking another bite of his Colossal Fish Sandwich at Primanti Brothers.   Besides sharing the launch of the next stage of Mr. B’s life, here’s a few more things that give me joy this week. The Pirates vs Cardinal game in…

1,000 Words worth: 2017-32

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. Regular readers might remember Ray and Marla from another photo I took along my commute.  To refresh your memory or you want to start from the beginning, click here.  I only looked back to make sure I got the names right and then again, after I finished writing this post, so I could insert the link.  Hmmm….  I wonder what’s up with birds and these two fictional characters. “So,” Ray said it like that little word explained everything; not a question, but a statement. Marla looked up from her mending. “You know…

Up, Up, and Away

The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky There’s something about hot air balloons that makes my heart soar. Perhaps it’s the colors. Perhaps it’s the quiet.  Perhaps it’s the simplicity and pace. One of the best places to see them is the home of Milk Days, Harvard, IL. Click here to find out more and start planning for next year. It’s only tiny Harvard’s second year on Balloon Festivities and already tens of thousands of visitors traveled to…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-33

A cold caught me last weekend.  I’ve been battling with it ever since.  Today I feel the only thing left is the August allergy ailments. Since it’s past mid-September, and the August allergy ailments are just beginning, I count that as a good thing.  Perhaps that explains why my reasons to rejoice this week are unduly centered around my upper respiratory system. Here are a few things that make me snort for joy this week. .Saline solutions and a battery operated Netty Pot. I thought the Netty was some sort of torture.  Love-One swears by it.  I finally got on…

Cousoumeh! Steel pan concert.

Have you gotten a chance to listen and see a Steelpan band?  If not, please find one and take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen.  Here. I met the inspirational, Matthew Potts back in February.  See those red drum-looking things?  Do they look a bit familiar?  He and Ronald Matthews made them from 55-gallon drums.  The two met in April at the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival that Matt created a couple of years ago.  The two decided they’d find a way to bring the steel pan orchestra, from Trinidad and Tobago.  By August, mission accomplished. Did…

1,000 Words worth: 2017-31

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. Regular readers might remember Ray and Marla from another photo I took along my commute.  To refresh your memory, click here.  I only looked back to make sure I got the names right and then again, after I finished writing this post, so I could insert the link.  Hmmm….  I wonder what’s up with birds and these two fictional characters.     “How much longer?” Ray tugged at the neck of her Outsider. Marla hinged at the waist and held both Ray’s hands in hers. “You wanted to a bird,” she said.…

Without Buddha….

“I’m reading Paul Knitter’s Without Buddha I Could Not Be Christian,” I said to Wrestler #1.  “I might be Buddhist.” “Oh, you are,” he said.  He’s an atheist Buddhist.   A few weeks ago, I attended a vigil for peace at the Blue Lotus Temple in a neighboring town. I left filled with peace and hope.  Read more about the event here. Blue Lotus Temple was once a Puritan church with very Catholic stained glass windows.  Buddha teaches a way of being that encourages love of self, or others, and even of enemies.  On Wrestler #1’s birthday, we. talked a…

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