Author: Paul

Ooompf!!! Well, I couldn’t hear it, but I imagine that was what the sound was emanating from Chester Cheetah. As you can guess by looking at the costume, it would have quite a few blind spots, especially below that big proboscis! Well, if a blind spot can be found, a kid can do it. Chester was walking along the street, greeting the children and adults when one of the kids ran out and embraced old Chester in a nice bear…

Yesterday, Vanessa and I attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Charlotte. Each time that a band passed, especially one containing drums, I got a little bit of ‘bop’ in my step. Vanessa asked if hearing the sounds of the drums brought back a little nostalgia. I answered, yes. It brought back lots of memories of playing in the high school band. I remembered us marching in parades, half-times at football games. playing drum riffs in the…

As the weather has been rather cold, for Charlotte, I went to the park this morning to catch what could possibly be my last glimpse of ice this winter. We never know. As I stood on the edge of the lake, I heard the ice cracking, popping, loosening its weak grip on the edge. The temperature was a balmy 27, heading for a high 50. Back to normal.

A few years ago, I started meditating. I kept it up for a while, but then it got lost somewhere in the mix. This morning I really felt the desire to sit quietly and simply breathe. So I did. I sat for 10 minutes, on the floor, gazing out my back window, looking at my rock garden. All sorts of gratitude bubbled up – gratitude that I could actually sit in a warm house with plenty of food in the…

No. This is not a scene from Times Square in NYC, though I can see how you might confuse it as such! This is a scene from Marion, NC where Vanessa and I watched The Nugget descend from the heights, or maybe ‘mediums’, just above the tent as Marion, NC rang in the New Year. This photo was taken some 43 seconds after the new year was rang in. That important official under the tent was the mayor of Marion…

I was quite entertained following this discussion on Chris’s blog, in particular, the discussion between Ray and Chris about pre-visualization and art. On one side, you have Ray K. saying that in order for it be art, essentially, it needed to be pre-visualized, with Chris countering with exploration-as-inspiration. As I do a fair bit of exploration, I wholeheartedly agreed with Chris. I remember writing a post, nearly 6 years ago, it was called: Avoiding First Impressions. I remember mentioning that…

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