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Fall Winds

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The air is cool and crisp today and I am loving it.  The dry leaves are dancing in the wind and it feels like fall.   The seasons bring changes, not only to plant life, but to me, the way I feel and think about things.  Spring time always motivates me to make changes in how much stuff I have around me.  And, it is a time of motivation for me.  I want to run everywhere and do things.  Summer, well, of late, the heat slows me down, that is until we planned a nice long hiking and camping trip !  Fall time, sends me inwards, thinking about what I believe, what is really important in life.  The falling leaves and cooler weather seems to send me to a place of defining what I believe on the deepest level.  It always makes me yearn for more simplicity in my life, more of that stepping back in time mood, where things seemed less complicated.   I am there once again in my thoughts.  Thinking more about "home fires" burning brightly accompanied by quiet and good smells coming from the …

Life With The "Enhanced" Accelerator Always On

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In downloading all my pictures onto the new computer, I grew annoyed by the "auto enhanced" feature.  It kept making my photos brighter than reality, changing the colors, sometimes subtly and sometimes with dramatic results and yes, I must admit, some enhanced photos made me say, "wow"  but at the same time, I realized that if I saved it that way, I would be saving something other than reality.   My phone does the same thing when I am putting pictures on Facebook, automatically enhances the photo.   After getting all my photos the way I wanted them to be on the computer, I started thinking about how it seems that just about everything we do now, is enhanced in some way.  The packaging on items are so often bigger, brighter and more appealing than reality.  Our television sets show life in something beyond "living color" with high definition that takes us far beyond looking around our own living rooms with our naked eye.   Music is enhanced to let us hear …

Basking in the memories

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Since coming home from our camping trip, we have been basking in the glow of so many wonderful memories.  It's been such a delight to look at the photos I took and remembering how much fun we had.   One of the best aspects of coming home though, besides hot, running water and no small tent entry to crawl through each night, is that this trip cost us just a bit more than our usual budget for a month and so we were not burdened with having to pay thousands for the trip and so many folks we know take trips to marvelous places that come with people waiting on them hand and foot and perhaps giving them a taste of how the privileged forks live...don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that at all, its just so often people we know that have taken trips like that come home and feel sad that they have to come back to "reality" where they have to cook the meals, clean up after, and so on and so forth.  Its almost a disappointment for them to come home.   For us, we cam…

"We Took To The Woods"

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To quote the title of one of my favorite books, "We Took To The Woods", that is exactly what Emery and I did.  We headed off, tent, and camping supplies in the trunk of the car and we headed for Colorado.   No set time for the return trip and lets just day a very flexible set of plans.  One thing we did know for sure, we needed to get away to refresh our souls.  Emery retired a year ago and was long overdue for a vacation.  He had not taken one in decades, and we never had a honeymoon, so after 37 years, we thought, no time like the present.  Off we went...with our children a bit concerned about their parents going on a road trip with tent and sleeping bags !   What fun we had and memories that will last us well into next year, (we had so much fun, we plan on making a habit of this)   We stayed where we liked, for as long as we liked and forgot to look at watches, and calendars.   Most places we stayed had no cell service but we did manage to check in with the children enoug…