Mary Beth Writes

8/23/2022 

I first saw this photograph on Twitter in April. I don’t know the photographer, but the photo stopped me in my tracks. 

The Twitter handle of this person is Chris Byrne @ChrisByrnePhoto. He has a website; I think he leads photography workshops. His website is: chrisbyrnephotography.com.

Meanwhile, here I am, awestruck by a beautiful and wild place I will likely never go. It’s called Torres de Pain and it’s a national park in Chile. https://national-parks.org/chile/torres-del-paine

What do you do when you see a spectacular landscape like this? What do you do with a yearning to go more places, see more sights, be a bigger and more adventurous person than you have the time or resources to actually become?

I think about this pretty often these days. I am fine (thanks to all of you who wished me good health, I am much better). I am not staring down my own mortality at the moment. I’m just wistful as many of us are when confronted with a magnificence that’s beyond us.

What do we do with all the things we couldn’t or didn’t get around to doing? What do we do with our melancholy?

Well, one of the things I do is laugh at myself.  I mean seriously, pals, I have a hard time motivating myself to go outside after supper.

But then today there are those mountains climbing to whatever heaven hangs over Chile. I wish I could stand there and feel that wind and hear those galloping horses and sleep in a tent with two sleeping bags because I bet it gets pretty cold at night.

I think of visions and images like this plus so many beautiful places I have seen in my life – and I wonder why people crave power and wealth. All us ordinary folks watch them tricking, stealing, conniving, manipulating each other for more stock returns or more votes in congress to stay in an elected office they have done just about nothing with their past years and terms. 

What the hell?  What motivates them to live such boring, nasty lives – when there is all this out there and we have so few years in which to wander and see?

When people decide what they want and what they are going to pursue, why do they spend so much time wanting high numbers on a balance sheet? I’m not talking about needing enough money to be secure, I’m just astonished at folks who pursue numbers for the numbers’ sake.

Here is one more spectacular photo.

Our newest granddaughter just turned 4, she and her brother have been in our family almost a year now. Monday our kids and grandkids met at Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. These still new-to-each-other cousins reveled in all the things there were to do – and in each other.  There are four kids now, the youngest was walking with his mom.

But I am here to see this.

What have you seen lately that inspired and satisfied your heart?

 

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Brings tears to my eyes. Reminds me of a quote from MLK , which I cannot do justice to at the moment… Blessings
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Thank you.

I. love. this. photo :) The photo of the mountains in Chile is pretty spectacular too, but the picture of these sweet kids is the best :) Glad you are feeling better MB.

What a beautiful picture. Thank you. Patricia

Children simply holding hands together shows perfectly the futility of pursuing unimportant and empty power. I have this quote on my refrigerator: "May you know the Abundance you already possess. May you always hold it in your hands and use it well." I do not know the author.
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I love that quote also. Thanks.

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A-Z Barbara

Barbara 1/26/2023

A-Z means I’m writing short takes on random topics and I’m going in alphabetical order. I love this quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

1/25/2023 

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’m sure I’d love it but going there is not a big dream for either Len or me.

However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

A to Z

1/25/2023

I am not exactly depressed, but I can whip up a pretty good glum at almost any moment. There have been about three sunny days since Thanksgiving, and four colds, and I’m feeling it. How about you?

We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

Sara Kurtz & Healthcare by Zip Code? Really?

1/22/2023 

Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

Who is Sara? She’s a friend of my niece Susan.

Len Explains Fusion Energy

The photo is of Lisa Meitner. The BFF of one of our kids is (quite likely) a great grand niece of this amazing woman. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

Almost. Two Years Later

1/6/2023 

 I remember where I was two years ago this afternoon. Do you?

I was writing. I knew I had another hour to just work by myself and I was happy about that. I love no interruptions.

Len was downstairs. I heard him turn on the TV. We NEVER watch TV during the day so it was weird when he called up to me, “You should come down here. Something’s happening.”

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