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Fall: The Smell of Beginning Anew

I love autumn. The cooler weather, the beautiful colors, school football. Summer’s too-hot, too-humid days and nights gave way right after Labor Day

Fall, the Smell of Beginning Anew, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog,autumn trees reflected on water, flock of geese

On the way to a new ending.

to weeks of perfect weather here in New Jersey. Until this past week, the windows were open wide day and night. Now, the night air carries the scents of fallen leaves, ripe apples and lit fireplaces.

In Iowa, where I grew up, I associate this kind of weather with the start of the school year. For me, a new school year was not about the promise of learning or the threat of homework, but the expectations that come with a new beginning. Continue reading

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It’s Time for a Real Get-Away

Have you ever longed for a real get-away, by yourself, for a few days or even weeks? Of course you have. There’s that siren call of chucking every obligation in our hectic lives, just

Respite on Hell’s Half Acre, off the coast of Maine

walking away from every loathsome chore. We deserve a little freedom from the burdens of life. We fantasize that if we do, we’ll be rewarded with peace and restoration. We seek sufficient sleep.

But when people give in to this call, what do they do next? They get out the credit card and book themselves into a holiday they can barely afford, and pack it full of ‘experiences.’ They call it a ‘get-away’ and yet, they don’t get away from much of anything, and when they come home, they’re exhausted and feel further behind. Continue reading

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The Promise of Discovery

Today is the official holiday in the US recognizing Cristoforo Colombo’s arrival to the Americas. I prefer to think of it as a day to celebrate the discovery of things

The Promise of Discovery, Brad W. Smith photographer LifeIsHOTBlog, upshot of two sails against a blue sky

Under sail aboard the Victory Chimes off the coast of Maine.

that are new to us. Discovery requires courage to embark on a journey to something unknown.

Certainly Christopher Columbus and his crew had courage. They had the courage to face whatever disease, disaster or even whatever manner of death might strike. They expected to suffer hardship, yet they were game for a good adventure, and willing to roll the dice for the promise of discovering something bigger than they already knew or could imagine.

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