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The Idea of Perfection

I enjoy painting when I get time and am in a creative mood. Landscapes in oils mostly. Not a professional by any means, but I do try my best and always try to learn something new. Perhaps a new technique for painting clouds or trees or focusing more on how light and shadow play on the canvas, getting…… Continue reading The Idea of Perfection

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The Honoring of a Sacrifice

Time defines most things when you think about it.  The ongoing ticking of the clock, minute after minute.  Time preceded us.  Time will continue after us.  This is the nature of things.  But the beginning and the end are unique to each of us.  We only have the time in between to work with.  We…… Continue reading The Honoring of a Sacrifice

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Death of an A-20, An Ultimate Sacrifice

1/Lt. James L. Knarr, on the left, and S/Sgt. Wilson J. Metcalf, his crew chief, stand in front of Knarrʼs A-20. (Edgar R. Bistika Collection) The other day, I saw a post on one of the Facebook World War II aviation groups I follow.  It’s a photo I’ve seen before, but always comes as a…… Continue reading Death of an A-20, An Ultimate Sacrifice

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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Some good memories of my mom were from our watching Bob Ross episodes.  At the time, probably mid-1990’s, our local PBS channel would air some of his episodes Saturday mornings.  Seeing a blank canvas transformed into a painting was soothing and pleasing.  There was always an “ah-ha” moment, when everything came together and I saw…… Continue reading Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

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The Wisdom of Silence

A wise man once said nothing. I saw this quote a while back, and found that it really spoke to me.  As an inherent quiet and somewhat introverted person, I can identify with the deeper meaning.  I’ve been around, worked with, and worked for people who loved to brag and boast.  Listening to these people,…… Continue reading The Wisdom of Silence

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Giving Respect

I grew up in Delray Beach, Florida, which has a healthy retirement community.  Riding the car with my mom and dad, it was a running prediction that a car approaching in at the intersection may or may not stop or simply proceed into the traffic.  The approaching car would more often than not, pull out…… Continue reading Giving Respect

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Have Substance, Be Deep

Quite a few years back, I went with my brother and a friend to a local boat race, The Tarheel Regatta.  The lake was not large enough for the high-end racing boats, but it was still quite entertaining to see some of the mid-to-smaller classes of boats racing.  It was something different, and have always…… Continue reading Have Substance, Be Deep

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A Life of Mindfulness

The concept of mindfulness may bring about thoughts of Buddhist monks, mastering the practice or meditation on a journey to enlightenment and wisdom.  Perhaps the old monk at the top of the mountain, meditating on the meaning of life comes to mind.  Focusing on a single thought or idea, as we empty out of minds…… Continue reading A Life of Mindfulness