Archive for November 3rd, 2014


Taking Chances & Risks

“Necessity is the mother of “taking chances” Mark Twain

“No noble thing can be done without risks” Michel de Montaigne

Have you ever ducked, dodged and prayed through a piñata event? I mean the type that has everyone standing within three feet of the kid with the stick. In a barn, a small back yard, a covered patio or in a basement even. Yes, these are exciting events especially if your own kid’s dental work is at stake during the event. That is the classic risk-reward event that only a kid would temp. An adult might think it through too much…say from a risk management, liability, danger, insurance deductible point of view. Hence the opportunity for being silly, being humiliated, getting cold cocked is lost. A shame when you think of it. I now think life is too short, put on the blindfold, grab the stick and swing with reckless abandonment! Some adults, from my personal observations, appear to view this game as a way of culling out the weak ones from the family lineage/violent/.

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“Above all, it’s hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph. It is the edgy existence within me of these unmade images that is the only assurance that the best photographs are yet to be made.”  Sam Abell

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Slowing down…

Once, everything was tidy, orderly, clean. The yard was pleasing. Not just the flowers, trees and lawn, but the structures that are hidden behind the natural, eye-catching elements: the deck, outbuildings, stairs, railings and fences. But then age took hold. Flowers were still planted for splashes of color, of life, for what was.

But gradually, the elements, the cost of making repairs, the lack of focus took hold. Now, the wear, the decline is evident. The clock ticks now as aging takes hold. Momentum seems lost. Even more daunting as the rain, wind and cold arrives. A fog bank of ‘what’s the point’ has pushed in.

Perhaps this is a time, for those of us that observe from the sidelines, to gently suggest changes and help in making those possible for those that are at a standstill and lost in the realities of aging? 

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