I spent part of the weekend exploring a local nature preserve. Nature was preserved all right as you can see here with this ice covered leaf.
Or is it “Bird Eating Pig”? It’s all about context.
This was taken in 2017 at the Riverfront Park on the Spokane River in Spokane Washington. I came across it tonight and thought it would be fun to share something from that trip.
I had a great hike through the snow this past weekend. Lots of photographs and a renewed desire to get out there and explore even if it is cold outside. Time to start planning the next outing.
I thought finding a rusted out electrical transformer was interesting at our local park. I didn’t even know that I had inadvertently captured another subject as well.
We live in a microwave generation. If our food is not cooked in three minutes or less we start to sweat and worry that our lives are slipping away. If our wars are not won in a matter of days we attach labels of “quagmire” to the ensuing conflict.
Our cars never drive fast enough, checkout lines with two people are crowded, and thirty pounds should easily be lost in a week. Problems, for this generation, are not things they should have to live with. And never let it be said that consequences should ever be borne for individual actions.
We want everything and we want it now. But getting everything you want the second you want it is called being spoiled. Not only that but self-indulgence is a sure-fire way of being unhappy. There’s happiness in waiting. There’s a pleasure to be had in working over a period of time and being rewarded with completion or payment
Try this experiment. If you normally microwave your food, try cooking it on the stove top for a week. When you eat your food, eat slowly and mindfully. You might discover your mind and body slowing down. You might feel more relaxed. Your food will likely taste better and you’ll be more appreciative of what you have.
If the above experiment is successful, try slowing down in other areas of your life too. Going too fast means you can’t enjoy what you have. Slow down, realize what you have and enjoy it.
OK, the colors being refracted by these snow flakes aren’t in the form of a bow. But the name just seemed like a fit and more poetic than random snow refractions.
It’s a new year but I still have a lot of reading left to do from last year. I’m making it a point to finish the ones worth finishing and not just leave them until other books steal my interest.
That’s going to be hard because I already have five books requested from our library and several more that I intend to request this week. Then there are the ones I’ve returned without reading and need to get again.
But I’m going to give it a good try. I’ve already finished a couple of the ones pictured below (but not the C# book. I’m not sure why that even came home with me) but the rest are waiting. I guess I should stop typing now and go read a book.