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“There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles anymore. To me, it’d be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how it has emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.”
~ Jane Goodall ~
I just returned from Dallas, a quick overnight and roughly 1000 miles round trip which has divulged many thoughts. A lonely trip as Spirit stayed behind with some good Friends. A 19 hours train ride one way and driving back a new to us used car for those real cold days and also hot ones here. All part of having a “Home” idea. Probably most would have their mental gears turning when the road is laid out ahead, a bit on auto pilot compensated by a mind itself going 100 mph! Silly ones, serious ones, ones that could and would raise eyebrows, all and all the truth being my own conversations were in French realizing how much more comfortable I am in my maternal language. English Literature has been around for centuries and so has the French, but for so many reasons the expressions within these pages and myself with their subtle nuances cannot contain the poetry of the French language. And I miss it. Terribly. I never learned the English language till in my late twenties and I know it shows.
French conversations were possible with my Mother, sometimes on a daily basis. It is rewarding when one has 20 different ways to say the same thing with only slight variations which themselves actually as negligible as they can be, become the basis of the true meaning we, in reality, want to express. Exactly its meaning, not a bit less or not a bit more. I love language, I love words as powerful as they can be and at the same time destructive or painful or gracious giving the mind some food for thoughts.
It use to be an aspect of Life I so truly enjoyed whether in books or conversations. No wonder dinners and lunches took an average of five hours! There are times I don’t even know what I am saying, but it sounds good. To me. Words become part of this giant puzzle where the pieces are pulled one by one never quite knowing what the next one will be. It really doesn’t matter as the pieces, that is in the French language, will always somehow fit, actually often, creating a new landscape… and liking it. There could have been a French person next to me and it would have been the height of those 1000 miles!
Social Media is digging its claws deeper and deeper in the sense that all I see and read has become of self gratification, meaningless, non constructive, poor and non harmonious as broken strings of a once well tuned violin. It is the me… me… me… syndrome, the same syndrome I always called the "Chrome Hummer…". You know, that beautiful all chromed up Hummer with the housewife behind the wheel, the kids watching their videos in their back seats, right in line with the traffic outside the school dropping them off or picking them up. The longer the line, the better the day… the more time of "show" present.
How much difference is there between self gratification and sharing? It is a mental fine line. I like to share. Photos, words, routes, spaces and inner thoughts. I don’t have a manual, the one titled "Life" as its chapters just pile up daily non stop, pages never staying blank even though some days I wish they did! Nearing now four and a half million visitors or so on these pages I cannot find that self gratifying feeling, the one I would not dare seeking, only as always amazed yet content that maybe a few lifted those seeds and themselves went "out there" to keep company with my Mistress, "Mother Nature". I call that sharing… not "look at me", that is Spirit’s job!!!
And the days move on as they always do. The Oasis has kept me busy and it will be another couple months before the final touches are completed. Little bit at the time, there is no rush. A good Friend of mine is visiting for a few days and I will play tourist guide as her other Friends also will. We had not yet even gone into the Park and today will finally be the first time crossing the gate into that magical space. Time feels as being on stand by right now, it is the compromise of establishing a home for future days. Right now everything is, I call it, "Micky Mouse"!!! The steps have to be accomplished in order even if I would prefer to take care of step three before step two or one. Electrical, insulation, paneling, painting… Patience. What a virtue that is.
We finally made it into the Park yesterday. How can this space in which we have been so many times once again feel so magical? It was a great break from doing "stuff" around here and also at the same time made me realize so much of it can wait as the main components are in place. Besides electrical wiring from the cabin to the inverter all is cosmetic. When has the cosmetic aspect of anything been an issue? Never… Why start now? The weather was perfect, the crowds absent as this too will change with next week’s Holiday coming up.
How to order our Book.
“Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”, our Book, is now available autographed through us for $24.99 [$19.99 + $5 S&H, Continental 48 States] by clicking the photo links on top of this page. [PayPal accepting all cards]. It is also available through Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle download. All other electronic formats are also available.
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Ara and Spirit