Peopling

July 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

People amaze me, I enjoy watching them. When I was younger, I liked being around people - I considered myself "social".

But, like many Veteran's of war, I have found it difficult to be around people. Like rings on a tree, every year is a bit more challenging. It's work, hard work! I'm good at it, but it's no longer natural. If I have to be around them, I'd rather watch them. I don't dislike them, I just dislike being around them. People are loud too.
 
I'd rather listen than have a dialogue. I used to love dialogue, now I love silence. My ears ring loudly to remind me of a time past - so it's never really silent in my head. Maybe that's why I dream about a mythical quite shack just off a stream.
The thought of deep motionless silence is also comforting. I don't know what changed in my life, why I don't like being around people, but It did. I'm to tired to think about why - I just accept that it changed. Thinking can be a noisy affair.
My military comrades tell me they feel the same way. When they have to go out and be social with their wives, they call it "peopling". I like that term, it's simple and meaningful. So then, I know they appreciate the grunt and node when I see them but don't loiter in conversation. Watching me walk away is as comforting as greeting me - it's nothing personal. 
Good Bye, Comrades!

Berlin

November 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Shenandoah River State Park

November 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Being from the Desert Southwest has afforded me the opportunity to experience nature from a perspective that many others don’t get to see.  Amazing vistas, blue skis contrast against bold red rocks and tremendous sunsets, are a daily does of awesomeness there!

My temporary relocation to Northern Virginia has taken me away from all that I enjoyed day in and day out.  Yet, despite missing these things, I’ve found whole new world to explore.

Most recently, my family and I met up with some old friends at the Shenandoah River State Park for a few day of camping and sight seeing.

We were fortunate enough to spend Veteran’s Day around the river.  Before before sunrise I hiked up to a popular lookout and spent a few personal minutes remembering the service men and women who served before, with and after me.


The rest of the weekend was simply icing on the cake.


Water

October 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Water in motion warms the soul! Boulders At Brush CreekBoulders At Brush Creek Roll Like A RiverRoll Like A River

 


Tree and Sky: Texas to Arizona

July 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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