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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sight Seeing


I went to Minto-Brown Island today.  I took a trail that I hadn’t walked on before.  It went past fields of tall grass.  A pair of Ospreys had made a nest on a poll in one of the fields.  Turkey vultures were circling around the trees.  I took a side trail and it led to several bee hives.   I decided to turn around and leave the bees alone.  It was late afternoon and because of this the sunlight had cast a golden light on the trees and grass.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ah! Bridge Mix


Isn’t it always the way; that which is difficult to obtain becomes the most desired.  I’ve recently struggled with poverty.  What that meant was doing without certain items, like a package of bridge mix.  I really don’t need it.  I can justify eating it by pointing out that there are nuts in the mix. Nuts are nutritious.  Not so for the chocolate covered gumdrops and chunks of mint flavored whatever.  Still, what is denied stays in the mind.  At least for now, I can enjoy a bag of it.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Walk by the river


This afternoon I took a walk by the Willamette River.  The water level is low enough to walk out on the shoal.  There are scads of pebbles.  Most are rounded and they’re coated with a white, chalky substance.  Along the edge, green slime clings to the rocks and occasional branch.  The water was glassy green today.  It was a clam day.  No wind or rain to rile the river.  The cottonwoods are still sending out their seeds and the air is filled with cotton fluffs.  It looks like snow, but can make you sneeze and make your eyes itch.  We’ve had a wet week, but they say the sunshine is coming back.  A little breeze would be nice, just to blow away the cottonwood.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Just a moment


Patience is a virtue, yet no one seems to believe it.  I’ve encountered many people who ignore the message and give themselves over to needless frustration.  It makes me wonder.  Wanting it all now leads to unfulfilled promises.  Once a desire is met there is no rest.  Most of us have lost the ability to know when to wait and when to go.  Only the wise know and the rest of us laugh at them.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I can find anything


It’s a matter of attitude.  When faced with obstacles, what should I do?  Wait? Go around?  Charge through?  To answer the question requires a search.  What happens next depends on attitude.  The best solution is to make a game of it; like looking for hidden treasure, because in a way that’s what it is.  All too often it becomes the opposite; a frustrating tail chase ending in wasted time.  A measure of optimism is needed before the idea can become reality.  I can find anything, and so can you.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hoping so madly


Everywhere I go I see reminders of old dreams.  I look and wonder why they didn’t happen.  I attempt to understand why I was so keen to make them happen.  Perhaps they have and I, as usual, have my eyes closed.  I off on another dream chase.  Only time will tell if I look back on them with regret or with the joy of accomplishment.