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Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:06 PM

Clockwork

After watching the morning news, I found myself remembering what a Clan Mother told me many years ago: when the world starts spinning faster and faster, take time to slow down and clear your mind. In times past, Friday through Sunday were usually slow news days, with an occasional news dump. That is something that has changed since Trump took office.

Hence, I decided to work on my lawn-mower, at least until I found I had purchased the wrong-sized part. So I went out to the pond with my dog Kelly. On the walk out, I saw a young buck, which had been a fawn last year, eating the corn and sunflower seeds at the bird feeders. He watches us closely as we take a different path, and goes back to eating.

Kelly picks up a scent of great interest to him. I assume that he is following the path of the gray fox that come daily to our lawn, to scavenge any left-over cat and dog food. They have come since late April, when the female was clearly very pregnant. In the past week, the male and female come at the same time, and so I expect to see the kits by the end of the month.

As hot and humid as it is strolling along the path through the swamp, it is even hotter at the pond. Kelly immediately goes in for a drink and a quick swim. This signals to the fish that they are about to be fed. The Koi arrive first; the two largest ones always come very close to Kelly's legs. On this warm a day, even though I've brought extra fish food, it disappears within minutes.

There are numerous dragon flies, including one large, colorful fellow that found me curious when I tossed the fish food in. The Onondaga named them “mosquito hawks.” About a dozen of them are doing their duties around the pond.

Kelly is busy sniffing around, digging a hole here, rolling in the mud there. He reminds me of what is associated with a four-year old child's development: he plays for 5 or 6 minutes, comes over to interact with me, then goes back to playing for 5-6 minutes, then checks in again. Eventually, it's time to feed him, and we head back to the house.

My youngest daughter had mowed a section at the edge of our lawn, and built a nice fire pit from the stones she gathered nearby. We had used up the firewood she gathered the evening before, when we had cooked out and listened to her favorite Beatles' songs. While Kelly eats, I gather enough fire wood to last late into the night, for her and a friend who is coming over when they get off work on their summer jobs.

After supper, I turn on the television. Friday nights have changed. “Like clockwork,” I say to myself, as I listen to reports on Sean Spicer and Jeff Sessions. “The president is a Clockwork Orange.”

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H2O Man Jul 2017 OP
a kennedy Jul 2017 #1
grantcart Jul 2017 #11
H2O Man Jul 2017 #20
H2O Man Jul 2017 #19
Ligyron Jul 2017 #25
Gabi Hayes Jul 2017 #84
Shrike47 Jul 2017 #2
H2O Man Jul 2017 #21
Liberal Jesus Freak Jul 2017 #3
H2O Man Jul 2017 #33
Solly Mack Jul 2017 #4
H2O Man Jul 2017 #34
gademocrat7 Jul 2017 #5
H2O Man Jul 2017 #35
Tiggeroshii Jul 2017 #6
H2O Man Jul 2017 #36
oxbow Jul 2017 #7
H2O Man Jul 2017 #37
Barack_America Jul 2017 #8
H2O Man Jul 2017 #38
Barack_America Jul 2017 #57
H2O Man Jul 2017 #59
Me. Jul 2017 #9
H2O Man Jul 2017 #39
Me. Jul 2017 #43
H2O Man Jul 2017 #73
Me. Jul 2017 #76
MineralMan Jul 2017 #10
H2O Man Jul 2017 #40
MineralMan Jul 2017 #83
H2O Man Jul 2017 #88
MineralMan Jul 2017 #89
H2O Man Jul 2017 #95
MineralMan Jul 2017 #96
H2O Man Jul 2017 #100
malaise Jul 2017 #12
H2O Man Jul 2017 #41
malaise Jul 2017 #45
hibbing Jul 2017 #13
H2O Man Jul 2017 #47
MLAA Jul 2017 #14
H2O Man Jul 2017 #48
coeur_de_lion Jul 2017 #98
democrank Jul 2017 #15
shanti Jul 2017 #31
H2O Man Jul 2017 #49
robertpaulsen Jul 2017 #16
H2O Man Jul 2017 #50
Doug the Dem Jul 2017 #17
H2O Man Jul 2017 #51
Fla Dem Jul 2017 #18
H2O Man Jul 2017 #53
oasis Jul 2017 #22
H2O Man Jul 2017 #54
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2017 #23
H2O Man Jul 2017 #55
woofless Jul 2017 #24
H2O Man Jul 2017 #56
peggysue2 Jul 2017 #26
H2O Man Jul 2017 #58
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2017 #27
H2O Man Jul 2017 #60
BigmanPigman Jul 2017 #28
H2O Man Jul 2017 #61
Ligyron Jul 2017 #29
H2O Man Jul 2017 #62
JoyBugaloo Jul 2017 #30
H2O Man Jul 2017 #63
shanti Jul 2017 #32
H2O Man Jul 2017 #64
spanone Jul 2017 #42
H2O Man Jul 2017 #65
kentuck Jul 2017 #44
H2O Man Jul 2017 #66
kentuck Jul 2017 #87
H2O Man Jul 2017 #90
NotASurfer Jul 2017 #46
H2O Man Jul 2017 #68
Guilded Lilly Jul 2017 #52
H2O Man Jul 2017 #69
bora13 Jul 2017 #67
H2O Man Jul 2017 #70
AngryAmish Jul 2017 #71
H2O Man Jul 2017 #72
AngryAmish Jul 2017 #77
H2O Man Jul 2017 #79
PatrickforO Jul 2017 #74
H2O Man Jul 2017 #75
apkhgp Jul 2017 #78
H2O Man Jul 2017 #80
klook Jul 2017 #81
H2O Man Jul 2017 #91
coeur_de_lion Jul 2017 #82
H2O Man Jul 2017 #92
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H2O Man Jul 2017 #99
coeur_de_lion Jul 2017 #105
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2017 #85
H2O Man Jul 2017 #93
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2017 #103
Nitram Jul 2017 #86
H2O Man Jul 2017 #94
Hortensis Jul 2017 #106
bellmartin Jul 2017 #101
Sensitive soul Jul 2017 #102
Homer Wells Jul 2017 #104

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:11 PM

1. "The President is a Clockwork Orange"

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:01 PM

11. Iconic

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Response to grantcart (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:59 PM

20. I find myself

calling him some other, more common names. But I liked this one.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:58 PM

19. Thanks!

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:50 PM

25. Good book, better movie.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #25)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 09:09 AM

84. Agreed....

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:11 PM

2. Lovely. Thank you.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:59 PM

21. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:23 PM

3. Thank you.

I'm trying so hard to limit my news obsession. Reading this both relaxed and inspired me. At least for now, there are still small things to be enjoyed

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Response to Liberal Jesus Freak (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:37 PM

33. Thanks!

I also try to read more each day, rather than watch tv or be on the computer. Local library book sales are a great thing!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:24 PM

4. Well done!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:38 PM

34. Thank you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:28 PM

5. Thanks, H2O Man

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Response to gademocrat7 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:38 PM

35. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:29 PM

6. I love it!

 

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:40 PM

36. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:37 PM

7. "The best revenge is a life well lived."

Sounds like a great life, sir.

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Response to oxbow (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:41 PM

37. Thanks, oxbow!

Days like yesterday help me re-charge the old batteries.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:39 PM

8. Thank you for this.

I'm trying to take solace in many of the same things.

I just saw our biggest buck for the first time today. It looks like he's going to have a nice rack this year. He was kind enough to drop half of last year's set in our yard.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:45 PM

38. Thank you.

We use antlers out at the lodge, which is close to the pond. None of us hunt, but my younger son son collects antlers. Besides the two pair I've found, he has more than a dozen pairs collected. I've considered using some for carving; I buy elk antlers for carving, a good hobby for an old man.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #38)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:38 PM

57. It's not often that...

...I pass the device over to my husband to read a post, but I did with yours.

So...cheers to you...from the campfire in our backyard.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #57)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:43 PM

59. Oh, thank you!

I hope that the two of you have an enjoyable evening!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 12:59 PM

9. KR

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Response to Me. (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:46 PM

39. Thank you, Me!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #39)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 04:16 PM

43. You're Welcome

Enjoy your country idyll

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Response to Me. (Reply #43)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:47 PM

73. Darcy just arrived.

She put in hours at Job Corp this morning (internship), then babysat for her cousin's kids. Besides getting paid by the parents, the children gave her a rabbit. She knows that I love rabbits.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #73)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 08:56 PM

76. Why Doesn't That Surprise Me

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:00 PM

10. Whenever I see the word "Clockwork" or "Clockworks"

I think back to Tom Robbins' novel, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and the Clock People. For me, ever since that book, Clockworks are never constant, but always random in nature. They aren't predictable, but operate on principles that can't be described or really understood.

For me, everything that is random and unpredictable is part of "the clockworks."

Perhaps you had to have been there at the time, whatever time that was...

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:50 PM

40. I haven't read

the book, but did see the movie when it came out in the early 1990s (if I remember right, though it may have been a different time or place). There were a lot of outstanding actresses and actors in it.

Perhaps the republicans in Congress are practicing to do a re-make?

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #40)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 08:45 AM

83. The book is better than the movie, by far.

Still, Robbins is not loved by all. You have to adapt to his unique way of telling the story. I remember a lot of people who gave up on it before they got very far.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #83)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:23 AM

88. Books almost always are

better than movies, at least in my opinion. Even if they don't feature Uma Thurman. And I don't think that the movie's solid cast and high budget resulted in a success.

Malcolm X used to say that books were his alma mater.

For a variety of reasons, I've restricted myself to non-fiction reading since high school. A friend on DU used to scold me for that habit, which has lasted many decades. However, one can only read a fraction of the books published in one lifetime.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #88)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:25 AM

89. I'm also primarily a non-fiction reader.

I've been that way all my life, but I do pick up a novel from time to time to clear the brain.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #89)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:53 AM

95. One of the nice things

about life in rural, upstate New York is that area libraries have book sales in the summer months. It provides me with an excuse to make one of my infrequent trips to civilization. I can't afford to buy every new book that I'd like, so these sales allow me to stock up on "new" reading for the winter months.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #95)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:55 AM

96. Yes. Library book sales are a wonderful resource.

My shelves are full, though. Perhaps they need thinning. When I do that, I'll donate the ones I remove to the local Friends of the Library and they'll put them in their annual sale, I'm sure.

Thanks for the reminder. I really need to make some space.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #96)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 12:45 PM

100. I have bookshelves

in all of the 17 rooms in this house. Anywhere from one to five, and they are all overflowing with books. I've given some to friends and family members over the years, but not enough to reduce the collection. A librarian friend attempted to organize them like in her place of employment, but never completed the task.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:15 PM

12. Lovely post

And yes we need to chill - our walk morning around the reservoir is delightful-no deer or foxes but lovely birds including pelicans diving for fish and others singing sweetly.

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Response to malaise (Reply #12)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:53 PM

41. There's nothing like

the song of the birds in the morning. I didn't get to bed until around 6 am, and really enjoyed their song.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #41)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 04:43 PM

45. The combination of earaly morning fresh air and birds singing as we climb the small hill to the

reservoir is both refreshing and delightful

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:16 PM

13. Envious

Sounds like you have a lovely property and I would certainly enjoy the wildlife. I have to settle for my urban backyard which I have been enjoying a lot the last two weeks with a lot of wildflowers blooming and other flowers. I love watching the bumblebees. I got a big surprise yesterday when this huge Swallowtail butterfly flew in, magnificent.

I used to be an MSNBC addict, but I haven't watched it since the election.


Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #13)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 05:53 PM

47. Thanks.

Your post reminded me of when Rubin and I would talk on the phone, late at night, about our respective flower gardens. When he was incarcerated in NJ, the Canadians had snuck an onion in with some other food for him. He got dirt from the prison's yard, and watched in amazement as it grew, then flowered. This resulted in his love for gardening. I used to laugh, because he never bothered to learn various flowers' names .....he was just fascinated by their beauty.

A lady who lived in this house in the late 1940s through early '50s planted massive flower gardens, and lots of flowering shrubs, etc. I've added a lot of roses. My sons need only buy flowers for their lady friends in the winter. (grin)

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:19 PM

14. Soothing to hear about your and Kelly's great adventure. You write beautifully.

Maybe you and Kelly have a book in you 😉

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Response to MLAA (Reply #14)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:02 PM

48. Thank you!

Earlier in the week, my daughter followed Kelly and I around the trails and at that pond. Being young, she always has a cell phone/camera in hand, though I didn't know until that night that she was documenting our walk. She put four of the photos up on Facebook for me, which was nice.

About a year ago -- being old, retired, and not particularly bright, I lose track of time -- my computer "shit the bed," and I lost most of two related things I was writing for publication: a health study I conducted in a village poisoned by four toxic industrial waste dumps, and a book about the study, etc. I've been working on both again. My kids have shown me how to "back up" the work, in case this computer quits.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #14)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 12:36 PM

98. Agreed H2O would make a great author

of spiritual books along the line of Thoreau.

Think about it H.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:29 PM

15. Love it, H20 Man....the pond, the deer, dragonflies, fire pit, the young buck.

It's uplifting to get away from the Trump madness and "sniff around" like your Kelly does. I was about to do that at 5:30 yesterday morning. Got to the second porch step, looked a few yards ahead of me, and saw a large black bear shuffling across the driveway. He paused, but kept on going. He returned late morning and tore the lid off the garbage can which was about ten feet from the porch steps. I tried to not be frightened, but my heart was certainly pounding!

With luck, next week will be highlighted by my bee balm patch finally blooming. An eight-foot circle of beauty for the hummingbirds and l, and hopefully the bees which have been rather scarce the last four years.

Found another robin's nest, more wild mallow and a beautiful tiny rock I gave to George, my friend with Downs Syndrome. He said he could tell it was a rock filled with love.

This land is your land, this land is my land

from California to the New York Island..........

~PEACE~

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Response to democrank (Reply #15)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:31 PM

31. so sweet

what your friend George said about he rock!

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Response to democrank (Reply #15)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:09 PM

49. Wow!

I've only seen a couple of bears in the wild. Each time, it made my heart beat increase rapidly. In the early 1980s, I lived at the dead end of a very rural dirt road, on a small farm. People used to steal gas out of the barn. It didn't bug me much, until someone left the barn doors open in the mid-winter, freezing all the pipes.

One night, my dogs were barking in an unusual way. I assumed it was people after gas. I called my brother-in-law (next farm over) and we went out in his truck. Came upon a medium-sized bear; it reared up on its hind legs, and suddenly looked large! Even though I was in the truck, my heart started racing.

Your friend is right about the rock. I collect local artifacts. Some people "get it," others wonder why I have a room full of rocks!(I tell them that the rocks dropped out of my head.)

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:31 PM

16. Words of wisdom, H2O Man.

I just got back from doing some work on my lawn myself. It's a pretty cramped strip of land in LA suburbia, so I envy you spotting a young buck and playing with your dog. But I can definitely relate to the spiritual and mental value of taking time away from the persistent political soap opera of our time and getting back to the simple joy of nature. Your perspective is always a welcome one!

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #16)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:15 PM

50. Thanks, Robert!

My kids accuse me of spoiling my two dogs. There might be a hint of truth to that.What I find funny is that neither one of them bothers the deer when they come up on the lawn. I've had deer trimming the rose bushes outside my windows, and the dogs just ignore them.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:41 PM

17. I'd phrase it a bit differently

 

The 'president' is an Orange Cocksucker. Stephen Colbert was right!



K&R for thread.

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Response to Doug the Dem (Reply #17)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:16 PM

51. Very good!

Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 01:42 PM

18. If you're not, you should be a writer I was totally enchanted by your tale

of the walk to the pond. You painted it so well I could mentally envision the entire setting.


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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #18)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:31 PM

53. Well, thank you!

In post #48, I mentioned my latest writing project. Over the decades, I've had articles published in archaeological and boxing magazines, and newspapers; edited (and wrote for) a Native American newspaper; a couple of "local history" books; and assisted friend Rubin Carter with two books -- one, a chapter in a book on forgiveness, and then his second autobiography, "Eye of the Hurricane." I did a lot of that for fun, kind of an outlet (I was a psychiatric social worker, which had its stresses!).

I've thought about two other books: one, a collection of 40+ years of letters and legal document's from Rubin and his case, and the other, a collection of environmental essays I've penned at my pond since retiring. Even as a hermit, I'd like to contribute something to society.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:07 PM

22. "take time to slow down and clear your mind". Great advice. K&R.

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Response to oasis (Reply #22)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:32 PM

54. Thanks!

I find it beneficial.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:38 PM

23. What a beautiful, calming post, my dear H20 Man...

It was lovely to read as I looked over your shoulder.

It felt like a vacation to me...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #23)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:34 PM

55. Thanks, Peggy!

If you two ever come out east for vacation, you'll have to stop here and see me. I'm a pretty fair cook out at the fire pit. (At least my dogs think so!)

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:48 PM

24. Thanks for the good vibe pal!

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Response to woofless (Reply #24)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:35 PM

56. Thank you!

I anticipate that the next two weeks are going to be intense, on the Trump-Russian scandal. I needed to rest up to prepare for it!

These are crazy times!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:53 PM

26. Nice!

Nice piece of writing, H20 Man. Good reminder that a respite from the madness is the best prescription to mellow out and reset anxiety-kinked neural pathways. Enjoyed the description. The 'Clockwork Orange' hat tip is a keeper.

Btw, Kelly's behavior made me smile. So reminiscent of my own puppies, that child-like joy of all things water and mud related. But always checking in periodically for a quick lick before they resume the frolic. Good times!

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #26)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:42 PM

58. Thank you!

I used to have one dog, a large male German Shepherd. My daughters had a little mutt. Then my son came and asked if I could keep his dog for two weeks, while he moved? Of course I did, but should have asked which two weeks he meant. (It turned out to be nine years.)

Long story short: his dog dug through two fences, and the plywood in between, and a bit later, the girls' small dog gave birth to seven large puppies. I kept two brothers, Sam and Kelly, and they keep me busy. My children say that Sam and Kelly are my favorite kids. Both still act like a combination of children and tumbling clowns.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:53 PM

27. Much wisdom in your post. ex.: "mosquito hawks": very cool term. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #27)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:44 PM

60. I always liked that!

It is a perfect description of them.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:55 PM

28. What's a Clan Mother? I am assuming not KKK.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #28)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:48 PM

61. Yikes!

Quite the opposite, my Friend! In Haudenosaunee culture (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy), each clan has two recognized leasders: a Chief, and a Clan Mother. This provides a balance that recognizes the equality -- though not exactness -- of the two sexes. The Clan Mother is usually among the oldest women in the clan; she selects the Chief, and has the power to "de-horn" (remove from office, swo to speak) a chief for good cause.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 02:55 PM

29. The things that truly matter...

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #29)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:48 PM

62. Right!

Thank you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:09 PM

30. That was beautiful!

Absolutely superb!

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Response to JoyBugaloo (Reply #30)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:49 PM

63. Thank you!

Very much appreciated!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 03:33 PM

32. What a beautiful scene

you have described, H20 Man! You are a lucky man!

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Response to shanti (Reply #32)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:56 PM

64. Thank you.

You are right -- I am lucky. I'm always thankful for what I have in life. And it's a good phase in an often strange existence here on earth!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 04:08 PM

42. it's a never ending roller-coaster.....

k&r....

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Response to spanone (Reply #42)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:59 PM

65. That it is!

Forecast calling for some uncomfortable bumps in Trump's ride over the next two weeks, though. Strangest mess in DC that I've ever seen.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 04:19 PM

44. Excellent!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #44)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:00 PM

66. Thanks, kentuck!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #66)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 10:26 AM

87. +100

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Response to kentuck (Reply #87)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:26 AM

90. I'm looking forward

to the next two weeks in Washington. The tensions within the White House are going to provide us with some fascinating entertainment.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 05:42 PM

46. Beautiful

Hope that the DUers who need it, take away something valuable here.

Sympathies on the mower repair. I'm pretty sure there's a rule that every simple repair that should take 30 minutes tops in principle, actually takes at least the rest of the day and a minimum 2 trips to the hardware store. Life is less stressful once you understand that.

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Response to NotASurfer (Reply #46)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:08 PM

68. Thanks!

"Mechanics" are among the many abilities I am totally lacking in. (And my father used to urge me to use "old fashioned" tools, rather than modern, electric ones!) Luckily, I know my limitations -- especially when they are right in front of me -- and I'll remember to ask for help when I go to the store tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I'll either asdk my neighbor (who runs a garage next door) or a good friend for help, knowing they will remind me not to attempt such things myself .....for when I do, those simple repairs do take them hours to correct.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 06:20 PM

52. What a charming and sorely needed slice of the good life!

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Response to Guilded Lilly (Reply #52)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:08 PM

69. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:03 PM

67. new color

on the Crayola color wheel.

Clockwork Orange

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Response to bora13 (Reply #67)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:14 PM

70. Ha!

Very good!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:15 PM

71. I spent two of the last three weekends in the woods.

 

Northern Wisconsin, Northern Michigan.

I behave better when I get out in the woods. Put away the damn phone. And my boy got two bluegill that he thought was the best meal of his life. "Don't you want a bite, dad?". Took a small bite, left him to enjoy.

When are we going camping again?



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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #71)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:27 PM

72. Great!

There's nothing like camping. My kids all loved it when they were young, and most of them still do -- although as young adults, they don't have time often enough.

There's a creek with a beautiful water falls here. In the early 1800s, there was a cloth & carding "factory" there. US Senator Daniel Dickenson worked there as a teen. My kids have found a couple old grinding stones there, and I've found a few Indian artifacts. I taught my daughters how to catch trout from under the ledge of the falls, without a fishing pole. But they were strongly opposed to eating them! Their older brothers never were opposed to this!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #72)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 09:03 PM

77. Bar none, a trout out of the river into the pan is the finest fish ever.

 

Salt, pepper, lemon.

I do not love fish as much as duck or pheasant. But trout river to pan! Better than any meal in a restaurant in my life.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #77)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 09:53 PM

79. I hear you!

A few years back, a male grouse flew through a glass window on my porch. We thought it sounded like a bullet. Upon inspection, we found the injured bird. My daughters ignored my tale of how good it would taste. We took care of it for four days, until it was ready to return to the pines.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:47 PM

74. Indeed.

Trump has certainly kicked our Republic in the great bloody yarblockos. His bratchny droogs have met our statesmen and women with the chain, nozh or britva and everything good this nation has ever stood for is covered with grahzny krovvy.

Trump is bolshy bezoomny! All he does is tweet out a bunch of chepooka. Meantime ol' Putin and his ex-KGB millicents are splitting their sides smeck, smeck smeck.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #74)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 07:53 PM

75. Right.

When Bush2 was selected by the USSC for president, it was embarrassing for our country on the world stage. Trump's "victory" humiliates us. I remember thinking, on the night Nixon quit, that the US would never have such a scumbag for president again. Crazy.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 09:51 PM

78. Writing

Rarely, have I seen a piece of writing so eloquent in a portrayal of life in this country.

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Response to apkhgp (Reply #78)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 09:54 PM

80. Well, thank you!

Very much appreciated!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sat Jul 22, 2017, 10:01 PM

81. What a lovely reverie

Thank you so much for letting us enjoy this interlude. I found it very refreshing.

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Response to klook (Reply #81)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:28 AM

91. Thank you!

I'm glad that you liked it.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 08:38 AM

82. Lovely Essay

A nice reminder to take a break from all the insanity and enjoy nature.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #82)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:38 AM

92. Right.

Mental vacations are a good thing. And nature is great.

I'm thinking of starting to excavate the old blacksmith's shop that is located a few yards away from where my daughter made the newest fire pit at the edge of the lawn. She'll be heading to Ireland in a couple of weeks, and that will give me something to do. I often do my best thinking while digging in the dirt.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #92)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:56 AM

97. Digging in the dirt

is a great way to get back in touch with yourself. I'm afraid I leave all the gardening to my husband so I haven't had my fingers in the dirt for years now.

I do try to get out into the yard every morning and do a sort of open eyed meditation while I enjoy the sounds and sights of nature -- birds, squirrels and lizards scurrying around making little noises.

The sound of all the birds in the trees is so relaxing to me. Once in awhile when I'm sitting very still a bird will come very close to check me out.

Wish we had foxes though. Maybe when I move back home in (hopefully) a few months I'll see deer in the mornings like I used to.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #97)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 12:41 PM

99. Years ago, I tried

to teach Chloe that, if you sit very still with sunflower seeds on your shoulder, chickadees will land on you. She didn't have the patience at the time. They are her favorite birds, and she was too excited to sit still for long.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #99)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:30 PM

105. Love that story

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 09:22 AM

85. 💚💙

Earth💚 Water💙



I had planned to go to Ganondagan sometime this weekend but I ended up being assigned to work Saturday and Sunday.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #85)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:48 AM

93. Thanks!

I haven't been there in years. I had wanted to in April, when my son and daughter and I were in Buffalo for the Golden Gloves finals, but we didn't have time. They wanted to visit the falls, and that was our only non-boxing activity. Does Peter still run Ganondagan? If you see him there, tell him I said hi.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #93)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 03:11 PM

103. They've updated it

Built a whole new center near the original bldg, with an auditorium, collections in a room or two and a gift shop.

I don't know Peter

I'm still at work, wish I could have gone...there was a big event over the weekend.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 09:55 AM

86. From the Cockney expression, "As useful as a clockwork orange."

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Response to Nitram (Reply #86)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 11:49 AM

94. For whom the bells

of St. Mary-le-Bow ring.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #86)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:36 PM

106. Delightful stroll, right up to the reminder of insanity...

Thank you for the view into your world, H2O Man.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 12:59 PM

101. Thank you! Our own day was a step more vicarious, but it also helped.

Yesterday, for the same reasons you took your idyll, my wife and I began reading Rascal, Sterling North’s memoir about the time when as a boy, he raised a baby raccoon. Like your walk, the book is filled with simple outdoor pleasures, in the semi-rural Wisconsin of a century ago. Refreshing and mind-freeing. It was a favorite book of my wife's in her childhood. At that time, I only saw the Disney movie, but it was enough to get my sister and me to spend an ill-advised hour as owners of our own raccoon (adolescents turn out to be not nearly as heartwarmingly cuddly as babies… sort of like people in that regard).

Like some of the other posters in this thread, our own outdoor life is often only in a backyard, but a pleasant one with a fair amount of small wildlife, normally including our two Border collies, Jenny and Molly. As my wife read her section aloud, I was down on the ground happily communing with both of the dogs. Later, we did have one break to reconnect with media, but only to watch our beloved Royals win a very satisfying game. And what timing… just after the game ended, a thunderstorm roared through, drenching both the stadium and our yard, breaking a heat wave in the process.

More Rascal today… and by a lovely coincidence, it’s an old hardcover copy, bought at a library book sale!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 02:06 PM

102. True

That. Namaste.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 03:20 PM

104. Thank you for this lovely bit of musing

Reading that, I felt some of the tension I've been feeling ease considerably.

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