The Root of Excitement

  In nine days. I will not be sitting at the end of a tree limb with a bird in my hand. No. In nine days… Biking buddy and I will be traveling to southeastern Minnesota to spend a week on picturesque bike trails along a winding river and eight small villages, while visiting shops, eateries and at least two brewpubs, breathing in the start of autumn, and thanking God for vacation, relaxation and the beauty of the outdoors. I’mRead more

SoCS: A Trail of Instructions

It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Linda Hill is asking bloggers to do this: “Write instructions for anything you know how to do. As detailed or as rambling as you’d like.” Really? Write instructions for something I know? Gah! I’ve spent a few hours this week writing instructions for a Human Resources manual. I’ve spent a larger number of hours on this beast since the beginning of the year, assisting colleagues around the state who operate in the same position.Read more

Different Directions

“Life’s too much fun to have it go in just one direction.” ~Carly Rae Jepsen~ So it was during an eleven-day vacation that lasted through July 4th. Those days were spent lounging, biking, traveling, hiking, eating, shopping, imbibing and spending time with friends at a campground wedding. Many directions. For the sake of time and in the spirit of One-Liner Wednesday (which already makes this post too long), I will spare a good share of the details for possible futureRead 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

Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James~ “Summertime is always the best of what might be.”  ~Charles Bowden~   “I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.”  ~Kellie Elmore~  Read more

Rejoice in the Mount!

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.  ~Susan B. Anthony~ On a brisk and blue Sunday afternoon, she was an emancipated, free woman. When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, whenRead more