Nov 102016
 

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This poem is very timely, speaking of two different seasons we are currently experiencing.  The first season has to do with this quarter of the year, with falling leaves and cooler nights.  The other season is one of things not lasting but “new beautiful things come”.

The picture above was from a vacation 5 years ago.  We were on Lake Superior, taking a boat tour of ship wrecks.  It was fun and the kids had a blast.  This old church is on an island, privately owned or else I would have suggested renting kayaks to go visit this old building.  I love history.  I love how we are all tied together.  I love how some things last and how today is built on someone’s previous present.  I love the reminders that some things do not matter as much as others.

When this lighthouse was in session, there was probably someone there who took loving care of it.  Now, does it matter if that person wore matching socks every day?  Probably not.  Do it matter that they did their job?  I think some decedents of past boat workers, who were kept from potential wrecks, would give a resounding “YES!”

At one point, this light house had a garden of some sort, whether it be flowers or vegetables or a fruit orchard.  There was something near it.  Standing where we are today, looking back a hundred plus years, do it matter if it was weed free and had a perfect border around its edges?  Not really.  Does it matter that some of the food was shared with those who may have been wanting?  I would like to think so.  We may never know exactly who benefited from it, but I feel confident in saying that those relationships and interactions held longer lasting waves than a pretty boarder, no matter how nicely painted.

While I am not against nice borders and matching socks, the relationships in our lives make larger, further carrying waves than other details in our lives.  If given the opportunity to spend 20 minutes more arranging your seasonal porch decorations or 20 minutes making muffins and visiting the neighbor down the street, I vote for the muffins and the neighbor.  Even if they are not chocolate.  Even if it is not my door you will be knocking on.

We are currently saying goodbye to beautiful things, seeing the old things go.  Keeping in mind that “new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind”can be difficult at times.  Trusting can be difficult at times.  Yet, we still trust.  The wind keeps blowing.  The leaves keep dropping.  “…and the old things go, not one lasts.”

Aug 192016
 

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Just to clarify, we did not take advantage of the offer advertised above, but it seems my husband was considering it.

As part of our new school year, I am making it a point to celebrate various holidays (official or not) throughout the year.  As it so happens, the second day of school finds us celebrating the first one on the list – National Aviation Day.  It also happens to be the 145th birthday of a famous aviator.  Even if your knowledge of aviation history is left wanting, the name Orville Wright may ring a few bells.

Born on August 19, 1871, Orville and his brother Wilbur created the first flying machine.  While hot air balloons were already in use, these flying machines were “heavier than air, self-propelled, and controllable.

As one who has used the very handy machines to travel to the other parts of the world several times, I am thankful for their dedication and persistence in finding solutions to the challenges of flight for us wingless creatures.

If you are finding yourself at a loss for ideas to help Orville celebrate his birthday, NASA put together a list last year of 10 ways they like to celebrate National Aviation Day.  Perhaps one of them will give you an idea.

As today is our second day of school, a field trip to a local aviation museum was planned. What better way to start the new school year?  Jack suggested we wait a day so the whole family could go together.  I guess we will be sending belated birthday wishes.

In the mean time, I think an introduction to model building is in order.  These kits look like they could be good places to start. We have done brick building before, with Legos and other brands, so I am thinking we will try a wooden model this time.  However, the Lego kit looks awfully tempting.

                    

Another idea are paper airplanes.  These are easy to make, can be made anywhere with limited supplies, yet require a sense of flight and aerodynamics that comes with practice.  When the kids were younger I found a copy of The World Record Paper Airplane Book at a garage sale. It served us well during a few trips which found us waiting for periods of time in open spaces.  Some of the folds were complicated, even for us adults.  This is not a book for you to hand you little ones and walk off.  However, flying the various planes was fun and enlightening.

What are some ways you will be celebrating today?  If you do take a picture of yourself, either with arms spread catching the breeze or in a glider high above the ground, please share it with us over on our Facebook page.  We would love to see how you have chosen to share in this day of wonder.

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