Archive for December, 2015

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This is the spot where two great rivers converge- the Mississippi on the left and the Missouri on the right. This location – the Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park – is now well submerged as intense storms batter the midwest of the United States. This gigantic river system is not doing well, getting a grade of D+ from America’s Watershed Initiative report card.
~John

Surf’s Up, Suit Off

Posted: December 21, 2015 in Environment, Travel

Naked swimming
Don’t even think about skinny dipping here!  First day of winter and I am ready for a nature swim – I suspect I would not be the first to take the waters while wearing my birthday suit. Meet me at this little lake in Eureka Springs Arkansas at the Summer Solstice.
~John

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever1 a cover SOUND OF SILENCE
The irony of this time of year is that it is supposed to be a time of joy and peace, and spiritual awareness. but it’s very easy to get stressed out by the annual orgy of materialism we call the holiday season.

You can feel better if you take a few minutes to meditate on this, perhaps some thoughts will arise about how to scale back the consumerist aspects of Christmas. Remember, hugs are good. also chocolate. But let’s try not to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.

About meditation. What is the result of a good meditation session? It is a way to find your way back to that emotional space you have felt before, after a very good day. A place of awareness, acceptance, appreciation.   meditation helps make every day a good day.

I  humbly suggest this book as a gift for yourself, a visual venture into moments of inner peace, awareness of everyday miracles in spite of headaches and heartaches, remember your essence is as sacred as anyone’s; you are capable of love.

Eventually, your body will fail, you will return to the void from whence you came, but today, give thanks for small blessings, for bread, and butter, and beer and beauty.

It is good to give and to receive.

http://www.pauldagys.com/books.html

http://www.blurb.com/b/1380543-sounds-of-silence

~Paul

No Buy is a Good Buy

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Art photography, Photography, UK

Canterbury empty store
When I go to the shops, I try to buy nothing.  Nothing is perfect.  Nothing lasts forever.

~Paul

NYC Selfie Style

Posted: December 3, 2015 in Fashion, NYC, Photography

selfie Washington Square Park NYC
Narcissism is not a bad thing — it sells a lot of mobile camera phones. In this case it is one selfie with the Freedom Tower and one with the arch at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

~John