WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SATISFACTION

‘May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.’
— Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

 

Grand Canyon, AZ

 

Abbey proposes: No more cars in national parks. Let the people walk. Or ride horses, bicycles, mules, wild pigs–anything–but keep the automobiles and the motorcycles and all their motorized relatives out. We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, legislative assemblies, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our national parks with the same deference, for they, too, are holy places.

 

Edward Abbey

 

The more high-tech our lives become, the more we need nature to provide joy.  Researchers know that overall life satisfaction leads to a longer happier life.  And that’s the most amazing view of all.

 

Toni 7/29/17

 

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: UNUSUAL***

Lignum Draco, a WP mysterious dragon photographer, says post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Who Died on the Twenty-second of April?

 

Actor Will Geer, everyone’s Grandpa (Walton), died
of a respiratory ailment and was buried in his beloved grove.

 

Ansel Adams, rugged hiker with a camera, died
of cardiovascular disease in intensive-care.

 

Huey Newton, social activist, was shot
on the street in Oakland.

 

Cesar Chavez died
of arrhythmia precipitated by fasting and was buried
in a casket of unvarnished pine.

 

Pat Tillman, football player and US Army Ranger, was killed
in a canyon in Afghanistan.

 

Erin Moran, the Happy Days actress who lit up TV screens, was found dead
at a trailer park in Indiana.

 

Jean, my mother, died
of complications from Alhzeimers
in her bed at home
while across town, my father, Americus, died
of exhaustion and grief on a hospital gurney.

 

I stood near each of them, listened to them breathe.
I mourned with them and for them
and walked away into the rest of my life.

 

They are survived by me, their only child.
I think of them often and am mindful that,
when it comes to death,
I’m up next.

*** At first, I thought it a rare occurrence that a husband and wife would die within hours of each other.  

Since this unusual event in 2001 happened in my own life, I have learned otherwise.  

Have you heard similar stories?  

Toni 7/22/17

 

 

 

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

Here’s the ad for Carrs of Carlisle biscuits… just in time for the summer wedding season of 1956.

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The copy reads: Today is her day of days — tomorrow she will be a housewife. And she will want everything of the best for her home and husband.

Ah, the misogynistic days of the 50s.  I hope we’ve finally shunned the H-word and its image of domestic drudgery.

Married to a house? Is there a Facebook status for that?

Oh wait. It is the twenty-tens. We’re all just bumblin’ through together. 

Put on your lipstick and smile. Meet Babylonia Aivaz and her bride-to-be.

 Do you take this warehouse? 

 

Toni 7/13/17

The Good Wife Rules, pub. 1955