Summer Blog Mode
Rayka RushAs the summer approaches, the blog will be curdled into a slow, summer sandy-beach drift mood. Your blog host is eager to leave the city.  During the last, long five months, the city created all kinds of delusions. It is time to return to the “valley of the spirit”– nature clearing and sweeping clean the mind from the theater idols such as Mr. Computer interface, the city traffic, the schools and tight schedules, early start, late depart… I am looking forward to leave behind all formal close, high-heel shoes, any Plasma Highway Passerby while driving 60-70 miles per work day (forever circling the squares between various inter-city work locations and obligations), the suburban American Beauty feel, and a hundred OCD unwritten city rules. I am ready to look at white clouds passing by and graze freedom. Something like this:

Be free and happy....

 

 

 

 

 

Pine Sweet Air, National Manistee Foreste Once when we get there at the National Manistee Forest I’ll breathe the sweetest air, surrender to nature and find some pathless streams of freedom– listening to whippoorwills! They are mystical tunes under the open starry sky. How about setting every night a bon fire in the huge fire-pit, say “Good-morning” to the neighbors who wonder responding back ”But it is afternoon,” go to the only Country Store for shopping and comment on new bear pictures collected throughout the last Fall and Winter, talk to the neighbors at garage sales, local village county-fairs, Amish bake sales, be brave to attend with neighbors the local Mud Run (hope only one time!), and the most pleasurable of all, spending lots of time on the Northern Lake Michigan shores.

Ludington, MI, favorite beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan Lighthouses!

MI Ludington Lighthse

 

 

 

 

Sunset on Lake MI!

Yee, Sunset on Lake MI

 

 

 

 

This Summer  my determination is to capture some good photos of nature life around our small cabin that sits on five acres and in a deep back part hides a small pond/the Shreckian swamp. So far, in the past, we had seen : silver wolves, ravens, deer, all kinds of snakes–from the blue racer to the diamond head shaped puffer adder, bob-cat, foxes, raccoon; who literally knocked at the door as though a common midnight visitor (not the  joke), to the tree porcupine who was persistent in eating the same porch steps. There were more animals, but for some of them I was unable to identify what they were.

When Full MoonFurthermore, whenever was the full moon we heard the hauling/yap of the coyotes in the deep evergreen woods. What else? Oh, how could I forget this? The privilege of a humming-bird flying straight into our house, when we spent a good hour to re-direct this gorgeous birdie out, back to rejoice with nature… We always wondered whose spirit in the bird visited us and the cabin?

 

There are big animals around the cabin too, but nothing to worry about, because we have this “vicious,” five-pound dog to protect us:

DSCCedra, the protectorF004

 

 

 

 

As to the Blog activities, this Summer I will be focusing on finishing one larger research article and, who knows, some poems? Will see, but I am sure the blog will not be as intensive as it was for the last two months. If you write a comment, I’ll read your mind….

Here is the joke for a ”young” blogger who is not so technologically advanced: “What is the difference between eating a can of Spam or responding to the Internet spam comments? Answer: About ten hours…” I am glad that I’ve finally  mastered the difference between Spam and spam, so I just Spam spam.

How Does our Summer Look Like?

Newaygo Hardy DamThere is always the test of faith involved on a way to Michigan, it takes us thirteen hours of driving and we question ourselves all the time: Is the little house still there? Hope the well is OK and the pump still works…. Hope we have electricity…. Hope no mice in the house…….. Hope all is good as it usually is….

Once when we settle, I am the driving force of the family for I see in every nice day an opportunity for at least one adventure. My motto is: do not lose one sunny day in Michigan! No television, except DVD series. There are a few best series we watch after dinner as the family. Do any of the readers remember Green Acres? Let’s just say, the history repeats itself. While still waking up I have to think–“You cannot have the toaster, the kitchen light, refrigerator,  the coffee pot, and the Satellite radio on.  Or ir will brak a ‘fooze.'” You can expect these kind of things:

 

 

When we really want to get spiritual and travel far or pretend we are so far away from civilization, we watch the best of the Northern Exposure:

http://youtu.be/U2TPMoP01Sc

http://youtu.be/P99oYTZklX8

 

The only concern occurs from time to time, when pitch dark Summer late night and you hear somewhere far away this music not knowing where it is coming from:
http://youtu.be/jKosa1IuB0k
Just a joke….

Let us know, share on the Blog with us: Do you have any preferences or plans for the Summer? I am so much the Summer person and this is the season I am always waiting for–I like hot sand, sandals, bare feet, swimming, long dazed Summer days, and nature freedom.

At the end this is one of my favorites, read with me:

The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu

9.

Filling to fullness is not as good
as stopping at the right moment.
Oversharpening a blade causes its edge
to be lost.
Line your home with treasures and you
won’t be able to defend it.
Amass possessions.
establish positions.
display your pride.
Soon enough disaster drives you to your knees.
This the way of heaven:
do you work, then quietly step back.
Oversharpening a blade causes its edge
to be lost.
Line your home with treasures and you
won’t be able to defend it.
Amass possessions.
establish positions.
display your pride.
Soon enough disaster drives you to your knees.
This the way of heaven:
do you work, then quietly step back.

Translation by Brian Browne Walker, The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1995.

Finally, at the sharp dead-end of the night, when dreams often become real, the sweet sap pine forest air keeps me on a path of the legend: “Life in the modern world is like a pine forest, an oakless wilderness, where all that below its shelter is void of life. Sure, the pines stretch to the sun and gain the necessary rays of life to exist, but all that lies beneath them are paralyzed by a powerful sap, one that quenches life rather than giving it.” The Sleaping Bear

 

 

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