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Poinsett Trails

17 Apr 2017 13:15

Another excursion into the field, proving what we can do.We haven’t been allowed enough dry weather recently to make a hike feasible. The deluge of a couple of weeks ago left the Congaree trails flooded, so I thought it best to wait on those. So when Easter Sunday rolled around with some decent weather (warm and “sunny” through constant chem-trailing) Donna and I decided to hike somewhere. After all our work-outs, we were feeling stronger than we have in ages, so we’ve b [...]

Thoughts on "La La Land"

26 Feb 2017 16:24

A light movie with a disturbing streak…I finally saw the Damien Chazelle movie musical, La La Land (an allusion to Los Angeles and Hollywood). I thought it was very good and enjoyed it. I only became interested in it when I realized it was getting positive reviews. I read a couple from people I would have thought wouldn’t like it, but did. I really agree with Jim Kunstler that it’s surprising the movie was even made, since it is nostalgic about a time of greater values and ap [...]

Little Gap Trail (No Sweat)

19 Feb 2017 21:35

A short hike on a recreational island to test our mettle.When you put a lot of time and effort into working out—doing lunges and burpees until you drop, slamming the medicine ball, holding planks, dead-lifting and inch-worming, battle-roping and multiple rounds of conditioning exercises—can you find a motivation to keep going, besides health?Not that health’s not a worthy motivation—it’s the best, actually. But personally, I find additional motivation in doing some [...]

Peachtree Rock Trail

4 Feb 2017 13:13

Our first hike of 2017 in a geologically interesting heritage preserve.Hiking offers a change of perspective that becomes a real need for me after a stretch of work, bills, daily chores, and the struggle of trying to write a novel. It helps to turn my concentration to a physical goal—completing a trail—and finding my way in a place I’ve never been. When a recent Sunday broke mostly sunny and warmed up some, my wife proposed making our first hike of the year. I agreed the [...]

Inspiring Work Beneath Awful Skies

14 Jan 2017 23:31

More thoughts on my current projects and the awfulness of geoengineering.We’re barely two weeks into 2017 and I’ve got so many projects peculating that I hardly know what to work on from day-to-day. In my last journal entry I alluded to what I want to accomplish this year, literarily and otherwise. I’ve made some progress on those fronts, especially in writing, but reality is constantly “in my face” and it’s hard to fight off a “what’s the use&rdq [...]

Hoping for Good Spins in 2017

1 Jan 2017 13:27

Christmas closes out the year in mellow reflection. New Year’s Day starts a new one in hopeful anticipation. What we anticipate is often in the form of plans and predictions. Our plans are what we want to make happen—determined resolutions to reach goals important to us. Our predictions are what we expect to happen irrespective of our goals. When done well, predictions can serve as a program brochure for the coming year. I’m no prophet so I won’t make predictions fo [...]

A Christmas Rebellion

17 Dec 2016 13:06

I see the Christmas Season as a collection of associations that make it meaningful and positive for the Christianized Western world. It’s sort of a “perfect storm” in a good way, in the sense that it evolved from folklore, religious beliefs, history, popular entertainment, and even commerce. Sprinkle all that with the personal associations people make from happy times spent with family (or at least the desire for such), especially as children. Then buttress it with art—m [...]


11 Dec 2016 15:25

I said it was coming. Well, now it’s here! Annotations, that is—the newsletter I’ve been wanting to put together for some time. I’ve finally decided on content and done some drafts, so I’m ready to put out that first issue. First, however, I need to provide my readers with an opportunity to subscribe.I’ve done that with links scattered around my website and the Arbordin Park Press website. I’ve also provided them at the end of this post.Annotations will [...]


4 Dec 2016 14:02

​My wife and I have made fitness a priority in recent months. We joined a local gym that offers a good program and been putting some serious effort into it, but it’s been a slow build. I think recently, however, we’ve turned a corner and gained some insight.I was never athletic in my youth. In fact, I was a puny nerd, bully-bait and all that. Because I never learned to eat right, I started putting on weight as an adult. I did start working out at that time, but again, I had no [...]

Newsletter Coming

27 Nov 2016 14:11

The thing about writing is that it can be a means to wrap your head around something, squeeze the juice from a subject, find understanding, or even closure, for life’s many perturbations. It’s a cathartic activity, and a therapeutic one. Maybe that’s why therapists often prescribe journaling, and why blogs are so popular.Writing is also a means of self-expression that can be taken beyond narcissism to art, and so feed the community soul. I’ve long aspired to the latter a [...]

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