I can remember as far back as a kindergartener, hearing my mother, father, siblings, friends, and teachers, telling me, or writing in the margins of a report card, “Slow Down.” On many occasions throughout my life, I was told I need to develop and hopefully discover some patience. “Slow down,” is the repetitive word I knew more than anything throughout my life. After I retired, … Continue reading “The wisdom of patience.”
My last posting “Enamored with nature,” apparently was my 1000th blog post on WordPress. 🙂 My priceless blog life began 2013 when I signed up for a WordPress site, but I was critically involved in my retired lifestyle and the incredible outdoor activities of Southwest Florida to focus or develop a daily schedule to write. 🙂 It was September 2014 when I participated in WordPress’s … Continue reading “I am Pricelessly, Critical, to Continue.”
A retiree who accepts their status will become a happier person going forward into the second chapter of their lives. While many retirees remain in their past, never reflecting on their future. (M.J.Leake) As a child did I dreamed of flying or traveling around the world after reading about Amelia Earheart’s adventures and reading the Jules Vern’s novel “Around the world in 80 days?” My … Continue reading “My Homage to Travel Dreams.”
After fourteen months of treatments for my illness, the doctor advised me that my fate was final and hospice would be my last destination. For several days I was filled with dreaded fear and depressed from the doom and gloom news, but decided not allow bad news to stop me from seeing Paris one last time. So with my health aid nurse in tow, we … Continue reading “A chateau’s final party and goodbye.”
The night before Christmas and all through the house all was quiet as the Lehman family was attending Christmas Eve Services where Jason was participating in the children’s Christmas play as one of the three wise men. Because this was Jason’s first Christmas play acting role, Jeffery and Jacqueline were excited with their cameras and video ready to record the event. However, as they arrived … Continue reading “Toys from Christmas Past; Short Story #5”
Recently I overheard a baby-boomer speak of never wanting to use the facetime feature of their mobile phone when taking with their grandchildren or family members. Hearing this conversation, I thought about how far the human race has come in receiving and delivering messages over the course of time. But, within the last one-hundred years, the system has improved tremendously. However, the technology to telephone … Continue reading Human communication has evolved but not vanity.
When I was a Boy Scout, I loved camping, hiking and everything associated with being a Boy Scout and I was exposed to the word “spelunking,” which is the exploration of caves. Missouri has more than 6,200 caves—second only to Tennessee—and is known as the Cave State. More caves are discovered every year. Karst is the geologic term referring to locations with underground caves, sinkholes … Continue reading “Boy Scout, Spelunking.”
Over the past 100-hundred years, clothing styles for male & females have changed with each generation. The word elegant has been used to describe clothing of our past and some individual instances elegant is used to describe clothing worn by celebrities at formal events. Elegant is the term I use when describing the clothing during the 70’s & the 80’s. However, the 70’s polyester leisure … Continue reading “Elegant.”
Because of my love of music, some word prompts spark my memory of songs from my past. The word “Carry” immediately takes me to the 1970’s and the song Carry on wayward son, by Kansas and the 1960’s Carry on, by Crosby, Still,& Nash also brings to mind great memories. But, because of my US Army MP experience, the phrase “Carry on soldier” was heard … Continue reading Carry
Over the past one hundred years, generational divides are usually a contentious issue within families. I suspect, during the period between 1920 and 1960, the debate between young adults and their parents when they wanted a car, from parents who grew up walking dreaming of riding a horse. Social media, cellular phones, and tablets are today’s generational divide I witnessed first hand when my children … Continue reading “Generational divide”
Attending a funeral, a retirement party, a college or high school graduation, of a family member or friend can cause personal self-reflections. The thoughts peel away layers of life’s reality igniting and stirring emotions, similar to peeling the layers of an onion. At the center of an onion is a heart of filled with hope for a better tomorrow. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Layers”
The empty feelings when a loved one is no longer in your life. The empty feelings when love is not present. The empty feelings when all hope is lost. Reach out to someone in your life, to reconnect and feel the love with a phone call to hear their voice or stand in their presence to share the love. Someone loves you. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Empty”
Embarrassing moments take place throughout life, and every time I see someone spill a liquid in their lap, I think of the horribly awkward moment when I returned from the men’s room and my son age 12 or 13 at the time pointed to the front of my pants and announcing aloud they were wet. It was assumed I needed an adult diaper with every … Continue reading “Embarrassing”
Last fall I entered the above photo in The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel photo contest, and my submission won! 🙂 On April 30th, 2016, I started my traveling lifestyle as a full-time RV’er travel blogger, freelance writer, photographer, and Geocacher. Several other activities / hobbies will be reveal as my travel journey continues. My excitement to leave was overwhelming, so, when my neighbor asked … Continue reading “My First photo competition and A New Beginning”
Closets can store memories in plastic containers and cardboard boxes. Purging these containers ignites a review of a past life and the emotional memories some good and some bad. With heightened emotions, thoughts long lost, involving the senses unlock the closets of the past. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Closet”
Response to the one word prompt “Sentimental.”￼ Most humans develop a sentimentality with inanimate objects, and I like many people have developed an attachment to my 1991 Ford Explorer. My car has become a fixture in my life and within a few weeks, my attachment to the longest relationship I have maintained outside of my family and friends will end. With 236,765.9 miles on the … Continue reading “Sentimental”
Write a response to the one-word prompt, “Legacy.” The writing prompt “Legacy” causes me to consider humanities legacy of how writing tools have evolved. The word “legacy” defined, describes a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; or a bequest and anything handed down from the past, from an ancestor or predecessor. My impressive writing legacy began in a headstart class, with … Continue reading “Legacy”
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you? The above quote by Mother Teresa is one of my favorites because finding peace within will always bring a smile to your face. During the first chapter of my life, the unexpected surprises, fortuitous circumstance, and in general life just happened no matter how … Continue reading “Quote Me”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Memory on the Menu.” Which good memories are better — the recent and vivid ones, or those that time has covered in a sweet haze? All memories whether recent, vivid or those covered in a sweet haze are good memories if you can recall them. As life passes into the future, memories are tucked away Yet easily recalled, … Continue reading “Memory on the Menu”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Make It Anywhere.” “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim. The phrase “If I can … Continue reading Make It Anywhere
As a five-year old child, I enjoyed watching cartoons, so on a sunny Saturday morning, I’m watching the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and I’m in haven, watching all the cartoon action and I loved when the show ends with its iconic signature sign off statement from Porky Pig, “Thats All Folks”. I turned the television off and walked into the kitchen, where my … Continue reading The Saturday morning Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and a Sears Kenmore Wringer Washing Machine.
Our most enduring and everlasting memories, develop as a child when we associate a tasty treat with its aroma. The smell of bread, cookies, is just an example. The sound of music, in particular, a radio jingle or song associated with a cartoon, viewing a television show or commercial about a toy you want. These visuals are embedded in our thoughts, dreams, and desires for the rest of … Continue reading In Retirement, activate your dreams & Passions?