Well, I’ve meandered back into the lands that produce some of my favorite wild flowers. And this has to be one at the top of my list – the Mariposa Lilly. High desert delicate beauty.
I love how the little green bee is clinging tightly to a stamen. 🙂 And since I’m back here, I plan to re-post one of my personal favs where I tried to describe this flower. Not re-post per se, but I set it back in as one of my pinned posts at the top of my home page – can’t miss it. 🙂
Try it Again
Things are a little different in the world of being single. When you go out in public, you’re often the odd man or woman out. And I particularly note this to be the case when you go to a dining establishment. Even more so if the place has an ego.
Yes, businesses have egos too. They like to craft an image to promote youth, beauty, and affluence. If you’re eating there, you must have money, the food must be gourmet, and you must be part of that “elite” class that expects, and gets, the best service.
Continue reading The Only One at the Table
I’m back for one of those sporadic posts. I’m taking the day off. Time to regroup a little, get the gear back in order, and give the old muscles a bit of a rest.
I encountered this little beauty on the trail yesterday, with its little spider friend . . .
Yes, the sun rises behind you.
That’s what those side mirrors are for. 🙂
The old, one-handed while driving cell phone shot.
I wanted to offer my apologies as I’m in motion right now and may be absent or here sporadically for a while. Hopefully, I’ll return occasionally with a good tale or two. And, of course, to catch up on all of your great posts!
So far, the wildlife and wildflowers have been amazing ! Pics to follow too.
I always appreciate feedback and I was happily surprised again when Carol Hopkins nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. She, of course, received this herself and she deserves it. You’ll find some wonderful reading on her blog. Describing her blog, she says: “I write my blog to express ideas and opinions that just refuse to stay inside me.”
That’s a great reason for writing!
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A couple of days ago, I noticed that a reader had liked one of my posts from February. Now that’s a great thing because it wasn’t one of the stories that was “pinned” to my home page then. Generally speaking, our older posts drift backward in time and out of the spotlight as we write new ones. So the reader had to take a little time to hunt this one down. Or maybe they just stumbled upon it. Either way, I was happy they found it.
And then I noticed that this particular piece, Coffee, had one of the highest number of likes of all of my posts.
Continue reading Shuffled – “Here’s Looking at You Kid”
As you know, I love words and phrases and the way people construct ideas. Sometimes it’s extremely creative, and other times, well, it gives me a nice laugh.
And, I’m back with another set of buzzwords for the workplace.
So, the new terms for today are “Micromoves,” Productive Distraction,” and “Arrival Fallacy.”
Continue reading All the Buzz at Work
I was pleasantly surprised and honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It is given by other bloggers to their fellow bloggers whom they feel display positivity, creativity, and sunshine with their writing.
My blogging friend Carol Hopkins nominated me, and she blesses us all with her poetry and storytelling. You should really check out her blog.
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Yerba Mansa or the Bear Root
The past few years have held many traumas. Many disintegrations. Many challenges.
A number of failures.
Continue reading Anemopsis Californica
My shadow was short this morning.
I had hit the trail late and the sun was close to being directly overhead.
I should have started earlier, much earlier, because it was already 90 degrees and with 70 percent + humidity, it’s stifling out here. The air is heavy, thick, hard to breathe. Kind of like you’re underwater, but it’s hot water.
More like thick steam.
Continue reading Dragonflies and Catalpas
By now, I may have worn my readers out with this whole concept of being “woke.” But since the mainstream media focused most all of its attention on this with regard to male gender roles and the need for men to “wake up” and diverge from the patriarchy, I wanted to come back and briefly discuss women in this regard too.
And I do need to bring to this an end. So, I won’t go too far with this post.
Continue reading Being “Woke” – Part 5 Rewilding and The Divine Feminine
Well, I’ve been developing this series to try to draw the conversation into to what it means to be “enlightened” or “conscious” in our gender roles. Particularly for men.
I’ve talked about matriarchal versus patriarchal societies, the origins of the buzz word “woke” and cultural appropriation, and Alpha and Beta males. So now comes the easy part. The list.
Lists can be helpful, but they can also over-simplify things. Regardless, in this case, I think it’s important to provide that list, or someone else’s list, to serve as a basis of discussion.
So just what does it mean, or what is it supposed to mean if you are a “Woke Dude?”
Continue reading Being “Woke” Part 4 – What Does It Mean? And Who Cares?
In the past couple of years or so, a small cohort of friends and I have entered into our retirement phases. Retirement from careers, that is, not life. In fact, one might say life begins anew at this time.
We suddenly have time to do the things we want. Of course, we have to figure what those are.
And I was having a discussion with one of those friends yesterday about this very topic because he asked me to read over a article he had written about his experiences and how he is now free of the toxic environment in which he worked. It’s a good piece and I hope he publishes it somewhere.
If you’re a Facebook friend you will have already seen this, but here is the reply I sent him after reading his piece. With a couple of minor edits and spacing added for flow . . .
Continue reading A Moment of Reflection – WTF!