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“Gorge.”


The images do not reflect the cold temperatures, of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos New Mexico of the magnificent engineering marvel of the bridge, draped in the beauty of a morning sunrise. One of America’s highest and most famous bridges, the route 64 crossing of the Rio Grande near Taos, New Mexico was completed in 1965. A well-proportioned cantilever truss with an attractive, curvilinear … Continue reading “Gorge.”

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“Procrastinating Pressure.”


The significance of procrastinating pressure to complete goals is sometimes a necessary emotion when you find snippets of excuses to forgo what should be done. With thirty days to write 50,000 words, it may seem daunting at first, but with proper and essential preparation it possible to find success. Spending each day including Thanksgiving taking bites of the writing challenge, I forged a one-way road towards completion knitting together … Continue reading “Procrastinating Pressure.”

“Exceptional Mistake.”


Mistakes are a part of life because life comes with morals but not application instructions. Mistakes of the heart usually provide a second chance. Mistakes are failures to learn from while building the knowledge and stamina to try again. So, mistakes will be made but don’t ever be afraid to try. Mistakes become exceptional building blocks of life-long learning. Without mistakes, you can never become … Continue reading “Exceptional Mistake.”

“Hiking a slot canyon.”


Ever since I viewed photos of slot canyons in Utah’s Zion National Park, I have dreamed of hiking within the vertical rock walls reaching towards the sky allowing glimpses of sunlight into the mystical formations designed by nature over millions of years. When there is a threat of rain, the possibility of flash floods increases causing torrents of water to fill the narrow canyon walls … Continue reading “Hiking a slot canyon.”

“Focused, divided attention and multitasking”


The term “laser focused” is associated with academics and athletics. To reach this level of concentration takes months, years and decades of mental and physical training. Some people believe multi-tasking is an attribute and advantage when parenting more than two children. But, multitasking comes with a cautionary tale of wisdom. “It is better to devote your mental and physical attention to one thing at a time … Continue reading “Focused, divided attention and multitasking”

“Sympathetic Peculiarities.”


The peculiarities of life and death manifest itself before, during, and after stressful painfilled tragic events. Personal reflections and contemplation about life, its meaning, and understanding its purpose are our thoughts during these times. Remembering the past, appreciating and enjoying the beauty of life itself is the goal we all can understand. Sympathetically remembering the past to learn from, and moving forward beyond the peculiarities … Continue reading “Sympathetic Peculiarities.”

“Anticipated Crescendo.”


As a traveler, I have encountered many others who’s mentality like mine is filled with the anticipated experiences of the journey and destination. The journey has numerous crescendos of discovery around the next corner, whats over the hill, and viewing an infinite horizon filled hope and anticipation. “A finite mind limits their imagination to travel.” (M.J.Leake) WordPress daily word prompt   Continue reading “Anticipated Crescendo.”

“Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”


My travel mission was set to photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats with a refuel top off in the town called West Wendover, NV en-route to Reno NV. However, it’s been my custom to stop at the visitors center of all towns and communities. I was greeted by both of the two wonderful ladies in the photo below who informed me of their towns historic facts, its significance with … Continue reading “Elevating my knowledge of West Wendover NV.”

“Structure,”


The structure of nature can sometimes have no structure at all. The Bonneville Salt Flats white sands are a living sight to witness. The white sands distinguish no structure, only a blindness of white. The smoky haze from western fires dims the mountain’s outline leaving a blindness of white as far as the eye can see. Only the distant sound of tires screaming along the … Continue reading “Structure,”

“Educated?”


The word educate is applied to every travel destination I encounter. There is something to learn no matter how many times I have visited any location. In the US just about every community has some form of fall celebration, and many are called October festival to raise monies for charities local communities, but more directly it is a time to drink apple cider or beer. … Continue reading “Educated?”

“Heart Mountnain, Japanese-American Confinement.”


I love history, and consider myself an amateur historian of American History. So when I entered the Cody Wy visitors center to see what the area has to offer, my interest was sparked to learn of a nearby Japanese confinement memorial. I was eager to tour the site located 12-miles northeast of Cody Wy and with the directions downloaded into the GPS, I was on … Continue reading “Heart Mountnain, Japanese-American Confinement.”

“My Homage to Travel Dreams.”


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.”

“Ooh, Shiny spot in the sky.”


Millions of people gathered in the major location around the continental United States to witness a solar eclipse at varying degrees. I was fortunate to see two sunset and sunrises in one 24-hour period… As the darkness increased, there was a certain calmness in the air as the crowd of several thousand quieted to take in the beauty and solitude we were witnessing. These photos … Continue reading “Ooh, Shiny spot in the sky.”

“My little girl’s backyard fun.”


On a rainy Saturday, I was seated in the library reading Jane Eyre enjoying my afternoon tea, and biscuits when thunder, roared over the house with a streak of lightning flashing across the sky. I stood, approached the window to peer out onto my prize winning Sheffield England topiary garden. My sight paralyzed me with the fear every parent who is more protective of their … Continue reading “My little girl’s backyard fun.”

“Instinct.”


I’m no hero. I acted upon instinct pulling Mrs. Harris from her car after she collided with the fence. Everyone says I’m a hero, but I don’t fell like one. I just did what I was supposed to do. People call us heroes, but we know who we are. We are men & women who know we only did what was right. We keep the … Continue reading “Instinct.”

“Pillage.”


It is 5:55 am, the day after Christmas, and four unassuming women sit comfortably in a rented full-size cargo van near the entrance of the Sherwood Mall waiting to begin their annual shopping pillage for Christmas sales. All of the women are related, but the youngest is participating in her first shopping pillage. When she turned 21 two months prior, the elder of the group … Continue reading “Pillage.”

“Holiday Bounty? Wisdom.”


The bounty of the holiday season is not in the number of gifts received, presents given, or the number of family members gathered. The bounty of the holidays is the personal reflection for the day, the months ahead, to see and experience another bountiful year of knowledge and wisdom to experience family and friends again into a healthy future. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Holiday Bounty? Wisdom.”

Enthusiasm


It is our eldest son’s debut as the featured lead conductor of the famed symphonic orchestra’s Christmas concert that started at 6:00 pm. It was now 6:19 pm as I waited for my wife, Geneva For 41-years of our marriage, I have accepted knowingly she will always be late, except when our two children were born one and two weeks early. As she rushed into … Continue reading Enthusiasm

“Holly Jolly Folly Christmas Re-Gifts. Short Story#4”


With 72-hours before their employees, Christmas parties. Jeffery and Jaqueline have yet to map out one of their most important decision of the Christmas season, what to regift for their co-workers. After their first Christmas, they decided to regift the wired, uncanny, and simply the gaudiest gifts they could ever imagine. They still cringe when they regift the unique smells of Applespice and Curry bath … Continue reading “Holly Jolly Folly Christmas Re-Gifts. Short Story#4”

” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”


Eighty-seven-year-old Wilbur Wainwright, the owner of a window installation company, based in Ottumwa Iowa, began the business sixty-three years ago. He married once, divorced within a year, and never had any children. He never remarried again. He never attended church, never contributed to any charitable organization within his community and his business closed only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mr. Wainwright wanted his employees to address … Continue reading ” Moody; Bah-Humbug!”

Christmas Maddening Day


Maddening, is the list of errands I have to complete. Maddening, are the kids will be awake soon. Maddening, are the gifts I need to wrapped and mail. Maddening, is I need to start breakfast. Maddening, I need to get out of bed and begin my day. Maddening, it’s less than a week before Christmas. Maddening, are thoughts stressing about my day ahead. WordPress daily … Continue reading Christmas Maddening Day