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What started out as a short walk by the lake turned into a two mile hike over uneven terrain. The Largemouth Bass Loop was well marked at the beginning but became iffy as I continued. Red trail markers painted on a tree. Cedar bench along Largemouth Bass Loop.

Nice benches were placed along the trail.
Abandoned plastic tackle box.

Abandoned plastic tackle box.

There were several old things along the trail. The bottom half of a large turtle shell.

Remains of a large turtle.
Backbone of some creature nailed to a tree

Not sure what left this behind.

Concrete fixtures in the woods.

or these. There were many things like this scattered about.

Along with the old stuff there was new stuff. Bridge over swampy groundNew deck

I love the support posts. Something to keep in mind.

Bridge

There is a lot of work being done on this trail.

What did I learn?

I need a day pack.
I need to carry more water.
I need to take snacks.
I should have been wearing something other than sandals.

What I did right.

I carried a little water.
I took my big camera.
I went for the hike, the adventure.
I nourished my wonder and curiosity.

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Creepy Dolls

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I’m always on the lookout for a creepy doll. Here are a few I’ve come across.

Creepy Doll

She was in a thrift store, Columbiana AL

Creepy Doll

Antique store TN

Creepy Doll

Antique store TN

Creepy Doll

Museum of Appalachia

Creepy Doll

Museum of Appalachia

Creepy Doll

I’m not sure where I saw this.

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Cards for 2020

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I pulled three cards at the beginning of 2020. The draw is a variation of past, present, and future.

Tarot cards: The Lovers, Receptivity, New Vision. They are laying on my home altar.

I wasn’t surprised when The Lovers showed up as the past card. I haven’t had a lover in almost 20 years. I came very close once.

The present card is Receptivity. I try to be mindful and to practice loving awareness (From Ram Dass). Being receptive is part of my practice.

“Listening is one of the basic secrets of entering into the temple of God. Listening means passivity. Listening means forgetting yourself completely–only then can you listen.” ~ Osho

The coming year – New Vision. We will see what that turns out to be as the “nows ” unfold.

“When you open up to the ultimate, immediately it pours into you. You are no longer an ordinary human being–you have transcended. Your insight has become the insight of the whole existence. Now you are no longer separate–you have found your roots.” ~ Osho

These cards are from Osho’s Zen Tarot.

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2020 Goals

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Photography Goals
To engage in the broader conversation
Politics?
Climate change?
Diversity?

Continue the 1SE
Improve video skills

Travel Goals
Knoxville in the spring
Central Alabama in March and October
Somewhere warm in the Season of Sickness and Death
Expand my range: Kentucky, Atlantic Coast, Texas, ???

Health Goals
Lose weight
Bicycling
Kayaking
Hiking
Improve my diet

Relationship Goals
Boundaries need to be redrawn
Good sex

Land Goals
It is time to start looking

Financial Goals
Positive cash flow
Side hack

Spiritual Goals
Continue to meditate and practice mindfulness.

Misc Goals
Practice ukulele
Drum more

There are many goals listed. Over the coming weeks these will be refined.

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A Decade Review

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Happy 2020

For starters I want to thank everyone who has been part of my journey during the last decade. I love and appreciate you. You teach me so much.

Next, you should see my 2019 review. It is a subset of the decade and mentions things I worked on for years.

Lastly, here is a short decade review.

What were the most persistent or significant challenges of the past decade?

I almost died.
Losing both my parents in less than a month.
Another decade without romance. I began the decade without romance and expect that trend to continue until my death.

What is my empowering take on overcoming or coping with those challenges?

I embraced death and we came to terms.
Trying to stay fit while living in the bonus years.
Embracing that I’m not someone who will ever be in a romantic relationship. That is a very empowering realization. I’m obviously not a keeper.

Where was my head, heart, money, and career in 2010?

I was a full time college professor at the beginning of this decade. Now I’m unemployed.
I lived in a nice stick and bricks house with my son, and a young family of three.
I was dealing with the fallout from the death of my parents: their estate, heart wrenching grief, being the oldest child I became next in the family death queue, and the backup I’d had all my life was suddenly gone.
I had companion parrot I loved deeply.

How have things changed since?

The house is gone and I live and travel alone full time in an RV.
My son moved to the west coast. The young family moved into my other house.
I’m living in the bonus years thanks to a pacemaker. I cherish each day now. I want to suck the marrow from the bones of life.
I no longer have a parrot companion.
I am embracing change and several other paradoxes.

In what ways did the Universe guide me in a direction I did not expect?

The close encounter with death got my attention. Hard to ignore that one.

How did that serve the highest good?

It made living mindfully a lot easier and living mindfully is a game changer.

What event, accomplishment or relationship meant the most to me?

Not dying.
I have a female friend who sometimes is kind to me and other times treats me worse than she treats a stranger. I love her. On the first day of 2020 I’m not sure how she feels about me.

How did this decade prepare me for the next decade?

I have a pacemaker. Maybe my heart will make it another decade. I’m not counting my eggs before they hatch though.
I am much better at living and much better at dying.
Relationships are two way streets. Anything less than that is not a relationship.

If I had to fit the story of the last 10 years into a story or movie genre, what would it be?

Tragic Adventures

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My best 9 IG pics in 2019

My best 9 IG pics in 2019

2019 in Review

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I don’t usually do this but there is some new feeling that “Time is running out” so this gets a whirl.

There were a few disappointments but overall 2019 was a great year for me.

There were no major problems with WHQ or my Jeep. I even managed to fix some big things myself and that made them minor.

My relationship with WHQ is more comfy. I’ve slowly been making it more and more my own.

With help from my family I put a new top on Jeepy. It was long overdue.

I spent a lot of quality time with my family and really enjoyed most of it.

I did not get sick or die and no people I love died. Those are always a win.

I took back control over two parts of my life that I had neglected and let drift into less than territory.

I revaluated my relationships and rearranged boundaries.

My tribe became more clearly defined.

I became more fit and as a result I lost weight and kept it off.

I physically and spiritually traveled to new places and enjoyed new experiences. Mindfulness was very important for me in 2019.

That’s a short list. Nothing really earth shattering and I’m sure I’ve left out things.

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Cat in the window

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Personal Notes

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Another take on palm oil.

“Although palm oil has some of the worst PR in the world, it is a valuable subtance. Extremely shelf stable, it is used in a wide variety of items. Usually unmarked, the palm oil in your product appears as “vegetable oil.” But while palm oil is one of the primary contributors to deforestation it doesn’t need to be. Studies have shown that palm oil plantations in certain situations can be helpful for the environment. How? When land formerly used for cattle feed is converted into a palm oil farm, the biodiversity is increased, the carbon emissions go down by 99% (because most of the carbon emissions come from cattle that are supported by the land). Vegetable oil IS easier on the environment than red meat. So, if world demand for meat falls, palm oil companies may be pressured into converting the existing farm land into palm oil planation. A win for everyone.” ~ Post by Traveltipster

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I DON’T KNOW!!!

I celebrate the mantra, “I don’t know.” It’s a source of power, a declaration of independence from the pressure to have an opinion about every single subject.

It’s fun to say. “I don’t know.”

I love to let go of the drive to have it all figured out: “I don’t know.”

I exult in proclaiming the only truth I can be totally sure of: “I don’t know.”

I empty my mind and lift my heart: “I don’t know.”

I use it as a battle cry, a joyous affirmation of my oneness with the Great Mystery: “I don’t know.”” ~ Rob Brezsny

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An auspicious fortune from a cookie.

Fortune cookie fortune

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I Can Never Pass This Way Again

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Osho Tarot Celebration

As I consider this holiday season I know I will never pass this way again: these lights, this tree, these tasty treats, this combination of people, and all the rest will never be the same. These children will grow. We all will age. I will celebrate the existence of these unique moments.  I will open my heart, my ears, my eyes, and my mind.

I will remember those who are no longer present in body and I will know they are present in spirit. I see them in the ornaments, the lights, and the treats. I hear them in the laughter of the children. I feel them in the love and traditions.

I am present in this festive dance. I am one with these moments. I can never pass this way again.

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In loving memory of Ram Dass my mantra for today is “I am loving awareness. I am loving awareness.”

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Personal Notes

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This is fun. Click Here

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This spam called and left a message.

“Such activities just in case we will not hear back from you it will be consider as an intentional fraud and the lawsuit will be file under your name in order to get more information and talk to the Social Security office or kindly press one I repeat press one to connect your call to Social Security officer thank you…”

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This list of things I don’t know grows exponentially.

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Personal Notes

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Are you a black hole of time, energy, money, and love that gives little or nothing back?

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The nature of my lifestyle promotes curiosity and learning. It is often challenging causing me to stretch beyond my perceived limits.

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