Late Summer Afternoon

I suppose if I were to patch together all the the photos posted on this blog of the 3-mile loop, you’d probably be able to see all of it…all at once. Maybe.
But this is what it looked like today, on a late summer afternoon, and I consider myself fortunate to have seen it. More than that, because I was on a bicycle, I smelled the scent of it, heard sounds of it, and felt the very breeze of it.
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Map Study Delivers

I enjoy looking at maps and aerial photographs. One of the reasons is that sometimes they can pay off with delightful destinations. I was browsing Google Maps (which includes map, terrain, and aerial photos) yesterday trying to find a “non-commercial” access point to Lake Ray Roberts. When I noticed a rural road that came very close to the water, I deduced that there might be insufficient space to include private property between the road and the shoreline of the lake. So early this morning, I rolled out to investigate.


Yep. Another delightful destination bagged, and only 45 minutes away. This will be a very good spot for micro-tour when cooler weather arrives.

Refreshing/Humbling

Choosing (coincidentally) to start this book while being at a conference helped to reinforce its message. Here I have been spending all day sitting and listening to people who spend their lives managing, making decisions, planning, dictating, collaborating, and policy-making, so I could aspire to one day be as successful as they are. At night, however, I’ve been receiving a completely different message. The message from the book encourages doing things. What a contrast!
I haven’t yet finished the book, and I’ll not try to summarize it here. Instead, I’ll simply say that if you’ve had a nagging urge to actually produce something instead of spectating, consuming, or making choices, you might be interested in Mr. Crawford’s message. Whether it is music, creating something, growing something, or repairing something, he makes a good case that we undervalue work and overvalue consumerism and exercising choice.
I’m anxious to get back to the book, but I’d like to make a few personal observations for a few individuals I know that might enjoy it…
To my friend, Brad, maybe this should be on your “required reading list”, along with works of Wendell Berry, for your future economics classes.
To my father-in-law, Burton, because I see you live it each day, I know you already understand what this book says, but you still might find it interesting how so many of us sadly don’t get it.
To my daughter, Lisa, this might be a logical “its your turn” follow-up to the last two great books you’ve recommended to me. It seems to fit in pretty well with the general theme of our discussions.
To my daughter, Ellen, I recommend this book to you because you are so much like me, which means you need its message.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to get back to something…

Pre-Departure Morning Rounds

Seemed like a good idea to make the rounds this morning, before leaving town for a few days.
You know, to make sure everything was in order.
So I could go away without worrying about something being amiss.
Well that, and maybe pressing the serene views into my memory.
Because I’m pretty sure I’ll see nothing like this where I’m going.
Yep, it all checked out nicely.
I wonder if it’ll be okay without me around.
Maybe I should take another look around when I get back.
Yes, I think I’d better do just that.