Archive for November, 2009

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Flowering Plants, Autumn Leaves

On this walk through Freedom Park, I saw bees on flowers and beautiful wispy purple grasses. I saw green plants and trees in autumn color.

Water, Fountains, Ducks, Concerts

I saw water, fountains, ducks, pathways, a playground, picnic tables, and an amphitheater.

So Long Without Knowing

How did I live so many years and never realize that park was there? I suppose the obvious answer is that I do not live in that city. I am sure there are many wonderful parks in many cities, and I am ignorant of the existence of most of them.

Lingering Over Bees on the Flowers

I’m not able to post video on this blog, but I spent a long time holding the camera right over a honeybee as she moved from flower to flower. I was able to get a few photos, too.

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Do You Feel Grateful?

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So Much Right, So Much Wrong

In this time when we hear of (or experience personally) violence, war, loss of jobs, homes and health, how does it feel to you? There is so much right in the world, and so much wrong in the world, all at the same time.

Half Full vs. Half Empty

How do you see your glass of life?  What is happening for you? Are you happy? Are you hurting? Are you in loving relationships? Are you broken-hearted? Are you healthy? Are you fighting to regain health or to maintain what you have?

How Does Your Life Feel to You?

Are you mostly happy? Are you mostly sad? Do you feel valued and appreciated? Do you feel alone and unimportant? Does the future seem bright? Do you feel that your best years are behind you?

Where will you go from here?

If you  look at your life, yourself, your loved ones, your abundance of whatever is good in your life, and if you look at what makes you sad or anxious, where will you go from here? What are you thinking right now? What will you do next?

For Me?

I am grateful to have loved ones nearby. I miss those who are not with us. I am grateful to be able to work and go to school. I am grateful to have a place to live, food to eat and heat for the coming winter. I am grateful to feel grateful. I know that there are many who feel a sadness so heavy they cannot feel gratitude for anything.

Loneliness and Stress During the Holidays

Do you feel lonely or stressed, more than usual, during holidays or holiday seasons? What do you do to get through? What do you do to help yourself feel better? Do you find yourself isolating? Do you reach out to others for support? Do you eat or drink too much? Are you angrier or sadder than usual?

How Do You Help Yourself or Others?

If you feel lonely or stressed during this time of year, what do you do to get through? What suggestions do you have for others? What has helped you? What would you like for others to do for you? How can others know that you need help?

Thanksgiving Day

This is a time for me to stop and reflect, a time to be grateful for what is good in my life. It is a time to pray for loved ones who are not with me and for those who are suffering on this day. I want to look at myself and my life and see what is good and be thankful.

From Gratitude, Change

I want to see what needs to be different in myself, my life, and the world around me. I want to recognize that I can do something to make that change happen. Out of gratitude for what is good, I want to make things better for myself and for others.

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If Only I Had an Acre of Land

That’s how much you have to have in order to keep ‘farm animals’ in the city, in my city anyway. I say I like the animals on the farm, but still I choose to live in the city.

Watching Animals Interact

It’s so neat to see how animals behave alone, with one other and in groups.

Swimming Club

2009 Oct Freedom Ducks in a group 1

2009 Oct Freedom Ducks in a group 2

2009 Oct Freedom Ducks in a group 3

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Ducks, Ducks, Ducks

I could not be a hunter. The only way I shoot ducks is with a camera.

Pity Those Who Wait For Me

I tend to be the tail end of anything, anywhere. In a group, I’m lagging behind.

When A Child, Also When An Adult

When I was a child, I was always stopping to look at things. It was difficult for my poor mother to keep me going at the pace of the rest of the family (or herself). I am still that way. When I saw the ducks, that was the end of my walking for at least 10 minutes or more. I watched and took photos for a long time.

A Few of Many Photos

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2009 Oct Freedom Ducks 2a

2009 Oct Freedom Ducks 3

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H1N1 Haiku (Politiku) On Huffington Post

Susanna Speier just activated her H1N1 Politiku post on Huffington Post.

She Asked People to Write Political Haiku (Politiku) About H1N1

So, I did, of course. I wrote lots of H1N1 haiku.

She Posted This One

My job required it.
I had to get the vaccine.
Ohhhh, I hate needles!

The Rest Are Here

Here are the rest of my haiku pieces about H1N1.


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2009 Oct Freedom Info Sign

2009 Oct Freedom Park Rules

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My First Visit to Freedom Park

I don’t know how I missed Freedom Park. Maybe I missed it, because I don’t live in Charlotte, and I have never before  visited anyone in Charlotte who took me there.

A Great Park

I learned recently that Freedom Park is the oldest park in Charlotte. I have lived in North Carolina for almost all of my life, but I never knew about it.

Maybe I Have Heard of It

I’m sure I’ve heard the name, but I never had the ‘in person’ experience until now. In fact, I’ve probably even posted about events there! Ha! It just never clicked, because I’d never been there before.

If I Lived in Charlotte …

If I lived in Charlotte, I’d want to live near the park.  The people who can walk to Freedom Park are the luckiest ones. I saw many cars in the parking lot. So, it must be a park that many people enjoy.

Looking Forward to Going Back

I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity to spend some time in such a nice park.

Water and Trees in Freedom Park

2009 Oct Freedom Park Bench

2009 Oct Freedom Fountain

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2009 Oct Freedom Park Pond Trees

2009 Oct Freedom Park Red Tree

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