Closer to home

Impressionism on the pond: Reflections from the woods.

As each experience arises, live it out as fully and deeply as possible; think it out, feel it out extensively and profoundly; be aware of its pain and pleasure, of your judgments and identifications.  Only when experience is completed is there a renewal.  We must be capable of living the four seasons in a day; to be keenly aware, to experience, to understand and be free of the gatherings of each day.

~ J. Krishnamurti

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Monday musings

Fountain in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

I have politics on the brain today.  Nothing specific in terms of candidates or parties.  Just a deep weariness of all the rancor and division in the political ads.  Rumor has it that those who don’t live in swing states are not subjected to this toxic waste of money.  Turning off the television or radio makes no difference.  Most of the ads I am subjected to online are political in nature, and the phone rings frequently throughout the day.  The Republicans must have more money to burn than the Democrats as all the robo-calls have been coming from the RNC (Republican National Committee), with the occasional Tea Party call thrown in for good measure.

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Quail Hollow

In yesterday’s post (Earth’s eye), I mentioned that a nearby state park, Quail Hollow, is scheduled to be the first state park in Ohio where fracking is allowed to take place.  Today the Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks with hikers from the Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Mohican Advocates, the Buckeye Forest Council, and some local people joined together for a hike to protest the fracking.  It was an interesting and educational hike, with a naturalist, to show why it is important to preserve the park (and others like it).

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Earth’s eye

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden, “The Ponds” (1854)

If you live in northeast Ohio and you’re a fan of Quail Hollow State Park, please read on.

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Meadow bathing

Tangerine sunrise

The Japanese have a term, Shinrin-yoku, which means forest bathing.  Studies have shown that forest bathing is good for your health.  Other studies have shown that just being out in nature is good for you.

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A ramble

Crates and barrels. (Petroleum Centre train depot. Oil Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.)

This is one of those posts where I have images, but no words of my own to go with them.  Sometimes they turn out to be pretty decent posts.  Other times, not so much.  We’ll just have to wait and see where it goes.

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Everybody’s walking

Walking to the Petroleum Centre train station

The turnout for the group walk was great.  Thank you all so much for participating.  It’s been fun (and quite interesting!) being able to accompany you on your walks.  Please visit the links as you work your way through this post.  Just think of all the mileage you’ll get in without having to move.  lol!

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