Morning Quest

Weekly Photo Challenge: “What are you in search of? Capture a quest with your camera.” (Apologies to my Facebook friends. You’ve seen this already. It’s Tuesday old and the fog has since lifted.) Ever since the Town of Grand Chute finished a walk/bike trail last fall, it’s been my quest to ride it to work in the morning during nice weather. I was only able to use the trail once last fall before the weather turned cold and the morningsRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: It’s Nice

“It’s so nice out today, I think I’ll leave it out.” ~Natasha’s brother~ With the exception of a short rain event on Monday, that was the existence of the weather this past Saturday through Tuesday – sunny, blue skies, temps in the 70’s. Beautiful. It prompted Natasha to spout one of the many one-liners she inherited from her family, and it prompted me to go for walks and a round-trip bike ride from home to work and back again. I wishRead more

Charlotte’s Web?

Saturday morning, after an early morning workout with a fabulous trainer, Natasha and I went for a three-mile walk. It’s a route we’ve taken before on foot and one that I take when riding the bike to work. The weather was gorgeous…blue skies, mild temperatures, and the crisp smell of almost-autumn. The couple with the new house finally released the yellow tape that kept others off the new concrete driveway and two sandhill cranes were busy pecking at the grassRead more

A Day of Rest

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”Read more

Home

“I want to go home. Can you take me there?” She wants to see her mom and dad. “Not today,” the daughter replies. So she sits in a blue cloud of sad. “No one here will take me home.” Her expectations always dashed. “Maybe next week,” the daughter consoles. But next week is never cashed. “I need to go home soon.” “I don’t remember pa’s face.” “Me neither,” the daughter fibs. She has forgotten he left the living race. “WhatRead more

Squeezing the Cow

“The pattern of your breathing affects the pattern of your performance. When you are under stress, deep breathing helps bring your mind and body back into the present…breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.”  ~Gary Mack~ Or you can squeeze the cow. Say what? About a month ago, one of our office assistants announced she was leaving to take another position in the school system. “Okay, fine, no problem,” I thought as we’ve had vacanciesRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Breakage

“Save the pieces!” It’s a phrase I use when something breaks: I rarely use it on myself. When I am the culprit, it’s most likely “damnitall” or “sh*t” “shoot.” Anyhow, if the term sounds familiar, you may be reliving the 2006 release of “Leave the Pieces,” by The Wreckers. That was a #1 song on Billboard and successful album from the duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. Unfortunately, even with the success of this album, they went back toRead more

A Time of Change

And so it goes this time of year, when September rolls around. Plant life doesn’t look quite as good as it did in July. Vegetation and humans are marching toward a new season, a new time. It’s a time for dark red leaves and white berries and wondering how many days are left for a spin on the trail. It’s time for the last vestiges of trail-side flowering, and for the sun to sink a little deeper than it did atRead more

It’s Right There

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius~ Dear Hole in the Leaf: We see it, the beauty that you encircle. The world on the other end awaits. This is the path to greatness of nature and space. This path of wood and gravel leads us to the universe, the one of beauty. The one of green forests, azure oceans, purple mountains and fields of wheat. This path of modest description leads us to a world of over sevenRead more

Under the Sunset

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”  ~C. Joybell C.~ Exactly. This particular evening, I was in my car, facing west while stopped at a light on Wisconsin Avenue. I’ve witnessed many beautiful sunsets on this avenue before dusk, but there are few chances to snap a photo during busy traffic times. One has to be at the correct intersection, at the right time, waiting forRead more

Midwestern Frame

Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame From Wikipedia: Uff da is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. For many, Uff da is an all-purpose expression with a variety of nuances, and covering a variety of situations. The expression has lost its original connotation, and it is increasingly difficult to specify in exact terms what it means in any given usage. Within Scandinavian-AmericanRead more

Thursday Doors: Flight of the Lion’s Tail

No, not that kind of flight. I did not get on a plane to take photos for Thursday doors. Instead, an SUV took me, my brother and his girlfriend to a couple of new breweries and a flight of their finest adult craft, as did a stairway. I’m not sure if that was appropriate. I expected a free sample of beer or box of dark chocolates at the top, but was left with a window that peered into Weiss beerRead more