July, 2010 Archives

29
Jul

Oregon Trail

by Pj in Family

Ciera thought we would be in more rain showers. Instead we have been enjoying the Oregon sunshine. We had a lovely evening on a boat ride. Were told to wear appropriate clothes for swimming. We did get refreshingly sprayed a time or two. Enough to curl my hair! Enjoyed a delightful dinner at a magnificent lodge up in the pines where we met some nice folk. And there were some people who Joan counseled me to punish her if she ever became “one of them.” Ciera didn’t care for them either. They were so very concerned that we were hoarding the food they couldn’t enjoy the abundance that surrounded them! So sad.

Ciera and I spent the days getting lost. We got pretty good at that. By the end of two days we successfully were able to find our way around….my iphones gps. A most useful invention. In the evenings Joan introduced us to the local sites. We are really enjoying being outside. Feels wonderful and refreshing.

Today we are heading south into California. Ciera will be reading to me. We will trade off between The Scarlet Letter and Eat, Pray, Love. I think I know which book we will finish first. Road trips. Don’t you love them?!

23
Jul

Mirror Mirror

by Pj in Family

Do you know how many baby boomers there are? 78 Million. Amazing. Over 50% of the United States assets are owned by the baby boomers.

This site, if you care to take a look, holds a collection of photographs of people who had dreams once upon a time. Some came true, some didn’t. Many of the baby boomers are discovering new dreams. Some are realizing all that ever held them back was themselves.

As you look in your mirror maybe you will discover how wonderful and precious the moments of your life truly were and still can be.

22
Jul

About Time

by Pj in Family

It has been over three years since I have been here. What is true is this picture sits on my computer. I suppose that would be a form of self torture. Sometimes, I visualize myself on the raft pushing off those who challenge my reign as queen. I can recall the feeling of floating through the air on the swing especially flying off the swing! And sometimes I can hear the laughter of those being bombarded by pine cones late at night while hiding in the buck brush. Soon I get to look up into that sky and see those brilliant stars flicker through the swaying redwood trees. I try to convey the smell, but it is pointless. My children sometimes make me smell a piece of clothing and we smile at each other knowingly. What I remember is walking by myself singing, “I talk to the trees, but they don’t…” (mind my singing)

Ciera and I get to go there next week. It has been five years for her.

We have spent a lot of time with our Bowman relatives through the years. And I have enjoyed those relationships. Chris’s siblings and their children love their favorite aunt. That would be ME!

Through the years, I often have felt sad that I was unable to participate in weddings, funerals, births, graduations, and just daily associations that build stronger relationships with my siblings and their families. Next weekend I get to go to my great nephew’s birthday party. I have never met him. I might even get to be there for the birth of his baby brother. How cool is that? Very cool.

Family. It’s about time.

19
Jul

Stale Mint

by Pj in Family

Yesterday Ciera offered me two different mints. I declined. Today she told me if she were to offer me two different mints in quick succession it means she is doing me a favor and to eat one of them. Good to know.

I hate that I am getting old, but not caring about having bad breath, kind of refreshing.

Mint?

16
Jul

Fringe Benefits

by Pj in Random

I often ponder about the poisonous and insidious diatribe that is so prevalent in our society today. Every group has an agenda and assisted by statistics and data are able to influence and recruit the masses to jump on any bandwagon.

But not you, right? Certainly not me. We are the exception. We are the individual. That is what I would like to believe, but statistics and science unfortunately prove otherwise.

There exists at our fingertips a hoard of information that can determine the behavior of most any one. Given the dynamics, the variables, the components, your behavior and mine can be predicted pretty accurately and frankly is.

Our very nature is to be a member of a herd, a family, a group. Part of being with the herd is to protect the individual. The closer you are to the center the more likely you will not be lured away and devoured by predators. But there are costs as well as benefits for our societal connection. One of which is the risk of stampede. Being overrun with the groups core philosophy leaves few options for the individuality factor and ones own personal thoughts and opinions.

Add to our human herd nature an articulate and dynamic spokesperson and the powers that be will have the fringe herd members distracted by survival within the group while the inner circle remains protected. Before the dust settles the herd is blindly led to where a few may benefit at the expense of the rest.

We, as individuals, have access to the same information. We can use it to determine what “they” will do. Or maybe they have determined that is what is happening already. Careful, we may be led off a cliff.

14
Jul

Birth Day

by Pj in Family

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau:

Happy Birthday Ciera Jo! So glad you are brave enough to sing your song. Keep singing.

13
Jul

Partnership

by Pj in Family

One of the wonderful lessons I have learned during the last 4 years is the power of partnership.

This last week, my writing partner and I had some revelatory discussions. Honest dialogues. We have reached a point in this relationship where we know we can say what we really think or feel about a character or scene or whatever and we know we are safe.

I may not always agree with what she thinks and heaven knows she rarely agrees with me, but in the listening and sharing of opposing ideas a better and more viable idea often starts to develop.

I have learned to appreciate the difference.

That is what partners do. They talk. They listen. They learn that the work gets better in the discussion. It also makes work more fun. And if it stops being fun it stops being worth it.

6
Jul

Weekend with The Girls

by Pj in Family

I wish I could say I took these pictures
of the vibrant flowers we found on
the Alpine Loop this week-end, but
I must give credit to Ciera. She has a
good eye.
I’m all about the people who are there
sharing the experience with you.

It felt wonderful to be up in the cool weather. We had a nice rest and everyone
got to eat at their restaurant of choice. Chris actually ate at the Italian place TWICE! I need to look into a franchise down here for that place! Although I didn’t get to eat at the tree room, I did wonder around the place and remember days gone by when we did eat there. If I have another opportunity I am going to take my bike and go biking on that mountain. Looks like great fun and wonderful exersize. And what was very cool was an old idea for a book started to haunt me again. Got to stop doing that thinking stuff. Gets me in all sorts of trouble.
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