Happy Birthday US National Parks


Today the US National Parks celebrate their 100th centennial. Yes, being 100 is cool when you have the gorgeous historic beauty surrounding you when you are a Park Ranger. The very first National Park was Yellowstone signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land making it America’s first national park. Although … Continue reading Happy Birthday US National Parks

“Learning. “


Learning is a desire within many people or is it? For some learning is completed upon high school graduation yet college graduates become annoyed or discouraged when asked to learn procedures within their chosen profession. There’s an old adage that states “you will learn something new every day up to the moment of death.” It is believed the foundation for learning develops in the womb … Continue reading “Learning. “

“Fifty.”


Fifty is the other half. Fifty is the middle if you expect to live to 100. Fifty is the half century of every decade. Fifty is an age some revere others loathe Fifty is the age which I’m considered youthful living in Florida. Fifty is a glass half full or empty. Fifty is a perspective seen by fifty percent of the people who reads this blog post. … Continue reading “Fifty.”

Jeopardize


Police Chief Charles Chapman: Yesterday evening’s automobile accident was horrifying, and the heroic work of police, firefighters & bystanders who jeopardize their lives represent the highest standards of emergency services personnel. The bystanders represent how much of a family we are in this community. Their efforts can never be appreciated in descriptions I provide or a video for you to view the details of their … Continue reading Jeopardize

Complicated


So, life is relatively easy. You are born, you love parents, family friends, and caregivers Follow the basic moral rules of life, don’t lie, cheat, steal, or harm another person or animal. Attend school, learn lessons from parents, elders, and teachers. Achieving levels of education, to pay bills, to quench desires of want and need. (PS: learning doesn’t stop with certificates or degrees.) Pair with … Continue reading Complicated

Reach


Reach is a movement every human has completed. However, the word reach is used more as a metaphor referring to an object or action in poetry, love letters and everyday speech as I reach for other examples to explain “Reach.” I reached new heights in my achievements since becoming a writer. From birth to death, we all strive to reach some form of betterment for … Continue reading Reach

“Generational divide”


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”

Maybe?


  Maybe is the word parents use with their second or third born child who asks, can they have a tiger or lion. Maybe is the word teenagers use when parents yelled or screamed begging them to move faster so they can visit a grandparent. Maybe is the word couples use when they are watching television, and the other wants something or their attention. Maybe … Continue reading Maybe?

“Joke”


Jokes are used to makes the world seem a little less horrible at the times. When humans witness horrific sights, serious thoughts prevail. However, some people use jokes to break the levity of the circumstances to ease their stress during the moment. Some may not like the statements of the joke, but it is their coping mechanism used to relieve their pain. I have used … Continue reading “Joke”

“Luxury”


Luxury? During my adult life, luxuries are unique slices of life I passed up for whatever reasons or another. Mostly, because of children, you know they are supposed to come first. 🙂 But, before becoming an empty nester, I enjoyed a unique birthday gift, from my children my first manicure and pedicure. I refused the manicure, at the time, I thought it was a bit … Continue reading “Luxury”

“Shared Journeys”


I have taken many journeys across the US either by car, motorcycle, and tractor trailer. During all of my travel’s my family and my mother, in particular, worried about me going alone. I have shared my journey with people I have met along the way who are friends to this day. My, solo journeys are filled with unknown possibilities, friends to meet and discoveries to … Continue reading “Shared Journeys”

“Crisis”


The word crisis expresses the idea or belief of something urgent, and I feel the word is used for dramatic effect to garner people’s immediate attentions. I was peddling my bicycle one day when I pass a mother and her two kids on their bikes. The two boys were using training wheels when one of the little boys, yelled, that he was in a crisis. … Continue reading “Crisis”

Elusive


Elusive are my thoughts when writing. Elusive is my focus when reading. Elusive are the photos I want to capture. Elusive are my attempts when trying to achieve what I want. My journey has taught elusiveness disappears with persistent determination and perseverance. Believing in what you want can be elusive and hampered by those crossing your path. M.J.Leake WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading Elusive

“Clocks”


Many people around the world are pressed for time, don’t have enough time, and some run out of time. We all have a certain amount of time on this planet, yet we do not know the end time. So, why do we rush through life towards a date and time that will come to an end? It is said time moves slowly, yet waits for … Continue reading “Clocks”

“The things we leave behind.”


The things we leave behind are the things we collected because they were the must-haves of the moment. After fifteen trips to the local Good-Will store, to drop off the things I had not seen, or held, for several years, I asked myself and wondered why? It is ironic, the stuff I collected was based on a previous need, want, or desire, only to leave … Continue reading “The things we leave behind.”

“Unpredictable”


As a structured life planner, I have always prepared and planned for the unpredictable, and yet the unforeseen most often takes place. My retiree lifestyle has changed my philosophy because unpredictable is the life I lead, hence my new phrase, “My plans are like Jello,” always shaking! WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Unpredictable”

“Nightmare”


While working at my desk, my dream turned into a nightmare I dreamed I was aware and awake of my nightmare. The nightmare never completed, was it a dream? Was I asleep or awake in my dream when the nightmare ended? Stressed, before work thinking about the night before and the day ahead during my morning shower. WordPress daily word prompt  Continue reading “Nightmare”

Forgetful RV’ers


Jim aged 87 and Mathew, age 89 are retirees from Florida and have been full-time RV’ers for the past twenty years. Late one night they are seated around a campfire in Mesa AZ when their discussion turns to when they plan to turn their keys in for a sticks or brick home in a senior community. Jim: A couple of months ago my wife asked … Continue reading Forgetful RV’ers