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Stearley still hasn’t figured out what he wants to be when he grows up, but he plans on not growing up too much. He’s weathered two careers; first as a critical care nurse and then as an attorney. Always a wordsmith, he freelances, consults, and teaches when he is not out seeking counsel in the wilderness. He finds hiking to be moving meditation and seeks meaning in natural language and signs, not in the doctrine embodied with societal domestication.

The Incense of Autumn

Scents were fragrantly permeating the air as I strolled through the forest. And I was reflecting on words. Words to describe my senses.

My senses other than sight.

We depend on sight over all of our other senses. And while our brains are processing each moment in a billion different ways, we usually think in terms of what we see. Whether things are light or dark. Colors and shapes. Whether things are bleary or brilliant or dazzling or dingy. Radiant, shimmering, flashy, glistening, streaked or tarnished. So many descriptors.

An exception seems to come with Autumn. When Fall arrives people often speak of the smells of the season. Those scents which bring comfort and warm feelings inside. That internal warmth that seems to compensate for the decreasing temperatures as Helios shifts its radiant energy to the southern hemisphere.

But as I think about my other senses, I find myself struggling for the words to describe fragrances.

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Biomass

I think I figured it out.  Figured out why some people do not understand the concept of climate change.  But before I can get there, I have to diverge a bit.

Let’s take a little romp down a pathway that breaks us out of our little bubbles.  That puts numbers on the impact we humans have had on the planet – collectively.  The high-altitude view . . .

For it’s truly difficult for people to see much beyond their physical reach.  The limits of our senses.  And that’s totally understandable.

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Love Light – Let it Shine!

I don’t know about you, but when I venture out to run my errands and conduct my routine business I run into a lot of other people.  Unhappy people.  You can see it in their faces.

The tension, the anger, the urgency.

That urgency can be about any number of things.  It could be them wondering how they are going to pay the bills, or keep their old car running, or thinking about how unhappy they are in their current relationships.  After all, most of the unhappy people I see are in pairs.  They are griping at each other, seething with hostility, loathing their very existence, or perhaps their partner’s existence.

It strikes me as odd.  Why aren’t there more happy people around?

And then you see someone who is absolutely radiant.  Nothing but happiness, smiles, contentment, joy.  Peace.  Full of life.

What’s going on?  What’s the difference?

They’re in love.

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The Smart Pony

Back around the turn of the century, there was a famous Orloy Trotter Horse in Germany who was acclaimed for being able to perform arithmetic and other intellectual feats.   The horse’s name was Clever Hans.

After a formal investigation into his skills, a psychologist claimed the horse was smart, but only in the sense that it paid attention to the reactions and body language of his trainer.  The trainer, it was said, had no idea the horse was eyeing him for the cues on how to respond to the ongoing tests. 

Well, this story is not about Clever Hans.

Warning:  I have a bit of a sarcastic, sardonic, and cynical sense of humor.  I think a lot of people do, but some don’t, and they may not get my attempts to poke fun at things.  That’s ok, but I just wanted to warn the reader that’s where we’re headed today, down sarcastic, cynical lane. 😊

Disclaimer:  And while I’m poking fun at a business conference below, understand that I’m not really trying to belittle the people who made their presentations.  They were all very nice people and some were incredibly smart folks.  That doesn’t mean we can’t have a sense of humor about the topics being presented and the terminology they used.

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Ok, so yesterday I was having a little fun with some new words and phrases coming out of the business sector.  And I ended that post by mentioning something else I did once at a work conference.  Something I thought was rather amusing, and you can do this too the next time you’re at one of those oh-so-boring meetings.

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B Plus

Some days, it’s just difficult for me to resist.  Poking fun at language and usage.

Especially with the business community.

Whenever I worked for big organizations, it seemed that some managers were always trying to justify their existence by constantly rebranding the old with a new term, or maybe even coming up with a new label and experiment to further dehumanize the workforce.  After all, it’s easier to mistreat staff and dispose of them that way.

One of my most despised manager’s famous quotes was: “Attrition is our friend.”

I mean, how do you justify having 400 managers for a 400-bed hospital?  And yes, I worked at such a place as an RN.  I used to joke, although it wasn’t that funny, that each patient could have their own personal billing executive, but they had to share their nurse with six other patients.  And when a patient died, I quipped, “I guess we can fire his manager now.”

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Let the Purge Begin

I’m sure many of you have engaged in a Fall or Spring cleaning.  That thorough cleansing of all that accumulated junk you’ve collected but never seem to have a use for.  Or that you’re storing knowing, or at least thinking, that you’ll use that Stuff someday for something.

Well it’s time for a big purge at my residence.

But the purge I’m talking about is not just about physical Stuff, it’s about the mind.

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In the Moment

I generally don’t post ramblings of daily activities on my blog.  I usually find some subject matter, a central theme, and may weave several concepts together to compose something that is hopefully a little more interesting than what I had for dinner last night.

But my postings have been less frequent as of late, and the month of September has slipped by so fast.  Why?  Well, I would say I’ve been living more in the moment and trying to figure out a little more about my life path.

At least the short-term future.

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“Unburdened and Becoming”

It seems like we all carry burdens.  I would say more so in the figurative sense.

We’re generally not literally carrying bundles of things around, or carrying the weight of the world as did Atlas, the mythical Titan.

But we have all of the problems, doubts, fears, imperfections, commitments, obligations, desires, and responsibilities that come with bodily existence.  And these “bundles” can be just as weighty as the entire planet, or even more so.

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Anyone Else?

As our dependence on the digital world increases, I know one of the looming fears we all face is a cyberattack.  I mean people can easily visualize multiple scenarios where foreign governments steal corporate secrets or directly attack our nation’s infrastructure, like the electrical grid.

We also fear being personally hacked.  And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had credit cards hacked twice and my SS number stolen and used for false tax return filings.  How those hacks were accomplished?  I can’t say for sure.

But something, perhaps less serious, and more of an annoyance seems to be happening to my personal computers on an almost daily basis.  It’s the war being waged between Microsoft, Google, and Firefox, just to name a few.  It seems the big boys are engaging in a competitive dance for our use and viewership.  This battle is a little more insidious and it’s designed to force compliance or acceptance of one product over another.

It seems the “routine” updates I’m receiving have been weaponized.

That’s right.  Designed to seek out and destroy the other products, and do it so often that you’ll be coerced into switching simply to avoid all the hassle they’re creating.

So specifically, what happens after I get an update is:

My other web browsers are deleted or disabled;

All of my web bookmarks are erased;

All of my product licenses and agreements to the terms of use statements of software products are erased;

All of my registering of software products is erased;

All of the acknowledgements of privacy statements are erased;

and,

All of my saved passwords are erased.

What this means is that each time I go online, I have to reload the web browser I wish to use, sign off on their license agreements and terms of use and privacy statements, and then maybe, just maybe I can recover my web bookmarks.

Then if I launch software I own, like PowerDesk or my photo editor, I have to re-register it, and accept their terms of use and privacy statements as if I had just originally installed the product.  Ironically, often, this includes software products that are licensed by the same company sending the malicious updates.

If I navigate to my most frequently visited websites, I have to reenter all passwords that were saved. Again, a bit of a hassle since I now have so many passwords to login on to so many different sites.  Those sites no longer recognize my computer so my email inbox fills with notices of “new login attempts.”

All and all, it’s a bit of a pain in the ass.  And I still haven’t succumbed to this not so subtle pressure to switch to other web browsers or products.  I mean, even if it’s a good product, I’m becoming less and less likely to use it just out of my own stubbornness.

I was just curious if any of you are experiencing these same types of things???

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Photo:  Yes surfing the web is, on some days, is like driving down an undeveloped or unmaintained roadway.  Or one that’s been purposely destroyed to make the driving more difficult . . .

The River – Old School

Or maybe I should say, old school style with modern outfitters . . .

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As the gorge narrowed the wind picked up, and the air temperature noticeably dropped.  The calming frequency of the soft rush of the water shifted timbre.  Now cascading, surging ever faster downward, as the amplitude of the waves, both in size and pitch, increased to a deafening roar.

We hung on tight with both hands as the V-shaped bow and rigid hull sliced into the first wave, but the second was much larger.  And the small vessel skirted straight up its crest, reminiscent of a mighty ocean sailing ship in a surging Atlantic storm, but in miniature.

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At the oarsman’s skillful command, the boat shifted sideways as it rolled down into the trough in time for the next wave to crest high above our heads.  Crashing down, completely drenching us, the flare of the hull offering no protection.  Filling the open compartments to the frame’s brim.

Our laughter could be heard above the roar of the rapids as we bailed.

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Lost and Found

Well, I’m back.  Sort of.  And momentarily.

Back where?

The launchpad.  The place I always leave from 🙂

The summer travels are complete and planning is on the way for the next round.  Hopefully some more before winter sets in.  And definitely more on the distant horizon of 2020.

If I had my choice, I’d never land.  I’d stay in perpetual motion.

For the moment, that is not meant to be.

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The Only Paradise

Photo: From my recent journey to the West Coast.

PC - HW 101 - Beaches - 17 + Edward Abby Quote

I have been told that mobile users are unable to see the “Feature Pic” when it is added on a desktop or laptop, so I’m including it in the text as well in hopes that mobile readers will be able to view it.  WordPress does have its glitches.

In Metta

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