Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Sunday, February 18, 2018

O, Winter Evening

What an incredible day to enjoy an afternoon of window bliss,
 one window at a time.





I discovered windows one afternoon and after that,
nothing was ever the same.
Anne Spollen






Feel free to catch the splendid beauty of the outdoors
as it silently slips
 through large glass panels.






Don't waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, 
run to the next window, or break down a door.
Brook Shields



I spy a snowman!


If the house of the world is dark, 
love will find a way to create windows.
Rumi



Such tasteful concrete with cow spots!


Need a ride?


Free parking until spring.




Plenty of room at the inn.


 Where have all the people gone?




O, winter evening you happened in 
just as my stroll 
drew near an end
through your deserted town.
What a pleasure it was
free from having 
to bundle up heavily against the cold.
Especially when they say
 a blizzard is on the way.
Maybe.


Behind this window glass a quiet office 
waits for people to return.
I can almost smell the coffee!


Stop the words now
open the window in the center of your chest
and let the spirits fly in and out.
Rumi


Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy. Live.





There is a place where words 
are born of silence.
Rumi

and music sweetens the soul.

Thanks for stopping by 
take good care of you.





Friday, February 16, 2018

Just a Thought





This post as promised still coming, later.


Today, 

I interrupt my scheduled blog post for this very important message knowing many of us are still reeling from the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida. 



"I have heard what the talkers were talking. 
the talk of the beginning and the end.
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end."
Walt Whitman

TALK, is not enough.
Action is required.

Otherwise, this brutal shooting, like the ones before this 
resulting in the loss of vital lives
 all abruptly cut short 
 will again fall across the chapters 
of unsolved answers and more senseless acts will occur.


Unless we resolve to make important decisions
 to change our past bitter course.


Today let's talk about life, 
and escape from a world stuck in a globe of denial.
Where again today, like after every brutal shooting and loss of lives
our officials say, now's not the time.

NOW is the time.



Don't follow the herd.

This is such an uncanny realization I'm sure someone has already mentioned this before, I just haven't been able to google the result of it yet.


My idea begins through an example many of us can relate to.
Here in Minnesota those who drink and drive and those accomplices 
are held accountable.
The bars or other public or private establishments, 
as well as those persons, servers, bartenders or other employees are also held responsible for vehicular crimes.

Why then aren't gun dealers, as well as establishments, gun shows or private persons responsible for the shooter carrying out their brutal crime be prosecuted as well?

Like those selling and serving alcoholic beverages are faced with rules and regulations, and punishments so should any person or business selling guns and ammunition be held to strict rules, regulations and punishments.




It's all fun and games until, it's not.
Be responsible.


...and most of us are. But we weren't always. There was a day that it wasn't unusual for folks to drive while consuming alcohol beverages, until they passed laws to end it.

Imagine a group of friends and family enjoying a five course meal and a glorious evening of entertainment while solving a murder mystery over dinner, and it goes without saying alcoholic beverages.  Why not?
Well, if your evening includes a sleepover at a Bed and Breakfast and no worries about driving home, alcohol shouldn't result in bad choices or fatal results.  But if the murder mystery was solved at an establishment serving the public this changes things immensely. 

In Minnesota if a person becomes intoxicated or consumes alcohol beverages putting them over the legal limit and especially if they are involved in a fatal death or deaths resulting from their driving, the consequences are extremely worse, and includes all those involved besides the driver.
Even the bartender.
Or server.

Then what occurs after a brutal shooting, even if that shooter doesn't survive, shouldn't it be equally important that those responsible also being prosecuted? 


In short what you can say to your own public officials is this
We need laws that apply not just to the criminal, but also the establishment, weapons show, etc. employee or persons selling said weapon or weapons
and hold them just as accountable, curbing more deaths from occurring. 

Banning guns isn't the complete answer, if a person
desires any weapon of choice they will locate it.


Spirit of Justice
and 
Majesty of Justice

"Human progress is neither automatic or inevitable
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle;
the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
Martin Luther King Jr.


Let's remain focused on outcomes not obstacles
that keep us from successful outcomes.

For justice,
Imagine how simple it would be 
to stop more deaths
by prosecuting those individuals
that send weapon buyers intent on killing into the world.

Being subject to prison time 
and/or substantially high fines
has to promote more thought
 before they conclude a weapons sale.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Students Art

Wow "Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind descends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering." E.O. Wilson

Poster artwork by students.





We daydream
as we wander
often without purpose
with our minds 
wide open to ponder.
Me


Daydreaming is essential to living.
appreciate pleasant thoughts
Without daydreams, living
and energetically happy satisfaction
life will be like a nightmare
beware those who scream and curse
and neglect to invite them to your party.




"All the world's a stage
and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
Sean O'Casey



If-
"Traveling leaves you speechless,
then it turns you into a storyteller."
Ibn Battuta





"Then attending Family Fun Night at any elementary school
not only leaves you far from speechless
it turns you into a better adult."
Me






It's funny but the longer I live the more apparent it becomes that most people would rather believe things (in their own realm) than know the truth,
while children
just tell it like it is!

Ah boys the girls are following you.



Time to calm down after all the gym activities.
Waiting in line for Crazy Hair!


Trust your instincts
and make judgments on what your heart tells you,
think of others first
always with kindness.







If ever you need a pick-me-up just walk around your local elementary school you'll be pleasantly surprise how good if makes you feel.

Thanks for stopping by
take good care of you.




Below is a sneak photo into my next post!




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Think of Who Created Thought

We all do!
Thoughts are always with us
no matter what.


"I had always thought that 
love at first sight 
was one of those things
invented by lady novelists 
from the south with three names."
John Perry Barlow

Finally with all the thoughts and planning that went into the Super Bowl
the hoopla is over. The folks that had their parking spots yanked are elated to have their parking spaces back.  No more public transportation for you! 
Just had a segment on the news last night, we're one of the worst places
(I don't think we should be proud of that) for traffic jams, with so many drivers.

Our thoughts are a curious thing about ourselves really.



Here's a thoughts for today


Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops across America could be part of 
A military parade to honor our heroic men and women past, present and future. Our debt to their service for our country can never be repaid or forgotten. THEY deserve our undying gratitude,
and a Military parade for THEM. Period.

And the thought of what those military vehicles could do to 
pounding upon our streets
well that thought/idea/theory is just pure madness. 

The thoughts of many Super Bowl visitors were that of total shock.   How we actually desired living here made us beyond hope.  Of course it's been a colder winter all across the United States.  Obviously they haven't experienced our springs, summers, 9:30 p.m. sunsets and our incredible autumns! 



It's on days like this you completely forget about winter blues.
Seriously.






Many claim a wholly wickedness about our winters, 
yet we survive with a dog's persistence.  
Seeing snow as precious jewels reflecting inward 
and outwardly carpeting our souls
 with snow filled arms 
and snowflake kisses 
for the purpose
of prettiness.
Me

The magical pure whiteness of winter is everywhere you go.


The idea of a plane caught in Harry's Cafe sign is thought provoking right?


Trust the process of using a genuine house in a local neighborhood to be remarkable for Minnesotans yet today.


Remember the Mary Tyler Moore show?
This was where the television Mary lived (top floor) in Minneapolis.





So many views, so little time. The frozen tundras of the world offer more land to roam.
Frozen lakes a gigantic draw.


Look very close, I caught this bunny eating breakfast outside my kitchen window two days ago.



The next two photos I took this morning.
Looks like my bunnies were busy eating up the remains of my flowerbed.
Not so much left today.







Look closely again into this photo. The thoughts of feelings and theory they're joyfully enjoying the moment of precious thought.



Yep my thoughts as I'm sure yours this time of year, make some delicious chicken noodle soup.





"We cannot separate the
air that chokes from the
air upon which wings beat."
John Perry Barlow

Our thoughts are apt to always be feeling something, 
somewhere, sometime. 
Me






"The most important thing
(thought)
is to enjoy your life
to be happy
it's all that matters."
Audrey Hepburn


If you always where a bell
you'll be easy to find.


If you're not lost
you're not much of an explorer. 
John Perry Barlow


"But groundless hope, like
unconditional love,
is the only kind worth having."
John Perry Barlow
1947-2018

May love, kindness and happiness be within your thoughts and follow you everywhere you go.
Thanks for stopping by and take good care of you.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Spontaneous

 Hello everyone hopefully you're all taking delight in the weekend at hand! 




I have no idea where she hid my tuna! Meow! MEOW!






There's always a message in the way you revel over winter!  





Sometimes I have to forgo my little car for the tougher-winter-ready vehicles here in the #BoldNorth

and it's the Bold North!



Most Minnesotans will watch the game from taverns, the comforts of their own houses
or maybe a few ice fishing houses!
The ticket prices are way too expensive!




Some of us will be out catching other photographers doing exactly what we ourselves are doing.  Shooting exciting frozen sculptures and other fun stuff.

Also,
If you remember I mentioned going to Alabama for another visit and here are a few highlights from that trip!

These are a few of my favorite moments.



Shopping!

Lyra is growing up way too quickly. 
We were lucky this day, it was hoodie weather, 
but still colder for Alabama usually is this time of year.


The main attraction for my trip was to see Lyra in her first play put on by the Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater at her school drama club this year!
But my daughter also got us tickets for a another wonderful play 
The Sound of Music



On Sunday evening after her final play
we enjoyed the Sound of Music at
the Von Braun Center Concert Hall in Huntsville.



BJ Thomas

My heart will be blessed with the sound of music.



Lyra's stash!

Did someone say Girl Scout Cookies?
Yep, early Saturday morning was pick-up all the troops cookies (a total of 4 vehicles) and after separating each girl's order
it was time to prepare for another showing of

"The Somewhat True Tale
of Robin Hood"





Meet her troop, my daughter is their leader.


Back to Sherwood Forest



Lyra on set.



"At the end of the day
I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
If that makes me an outlaw, so be it.
I've been called worse."
Angela Parkhurst




The entire cast!

They all thoroughly enjoy working on this play most of them are signed up for another one already.



"Why not seize the pleasure at once?
How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?
Jane Austin



"Because we always have a choice, even if it feels like we don't."
A. C. Gaughen

Thanks for stopping by
take good care of you!