A blog for mindfulness...and various items. If you like rock & roll music, sports, comedy, nostalgia, victorian/gothic architecture, poetry, prose, paranormal occurences, the study of the human mind, and are a visual person; this blog's for you.
Music and long-distance running have been near life-long endeavors. In college I briefly considered church ministry before setting my sights on becoming an educator. Then I got into psychology, transcendentalism, spiritualism, and existential philosophy. These have all had an impact on my work.
Not until well after marrying and establishing a family and career did I return to the pen with any regularity. In the mid 90's I experienced a creative outflow which produced hundreds of poems and lead to my first musical compositions. The creative flow continually ebbs and flows. Will it lead to Shangri-La or to Mordor ? I'll chalk it up as an adventure and take "the road less traveled."
This is what happens when you ask people to draw a map of the USA from memory.
Shrivedog says: Seems like the state of geography in America :0.
(Source: BuzzFeed, via brittany-nicole)
I don’t know why Frank insisted on bringing me to this dinner party, I don’t even know what to talk about and everyone’s already having a conversation, it’d be awkward to butt in. A steakhouse? Really? I’m a pescetarian, Frank. We’ve known each other ten years. Nobody’s even bothered to comment on my coat or offered a tummy rub. Your friends are shit, Frank.
An Interesting Story: Just after 9-11 the residents of this corner painted this American flag on the wall separating the older and newer housing tracts in our area. On Veterans Day I went back to see if it was still there. I used to run by it several times a week but stopped doing that a few years ago because I stopped running to and from workouts to pack in extra miles. Now, I just drive to the …place I want to run and do what I want there. This is about a half-mile from my house and less than a quarter mile from the park. That meant my closest workouts involved at least 1 1/2 extra miles on top of the core. Most of my runs were one to two and a half miles away. 16 years ago I did a 12 mile run on a course across town on a 112 degree day. I ended up running 17 miles. Of course, I stopped off at the local pub on the way home. Too old for that kind of stuff now and only half as nuts. I had my doubts about whether the painting was still there. Here’s what I found! It was actually a little overwhelming. I really got choked up.
A Look To the West
Photo by Shrivedog
West end of Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, CA looking toward the Cosumnes and Sacramento Rivers at sunset - Nov. 14, 2013
Wow, that’s a bright shirt! - (After a 5 mile run Saturday)
The shirt is sort of a tribute to the University of Oregon, Bill Bowerman/Steve Prefontaine era. I noticed in some photos from the Coach Bill Hayward era that OU wore green track uniforms as the primary color with gold trim. They’ve gone back to more green again. So why the really bright yellow during Bill Bowerman’s and Bill Dellinger’s reign as coaches? I found out reading the book Bill Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore. Moore is a former U of O Duck, one of Bowerman’s charges, and an elder team-mate of the late great Steve Prefontaine. He also placed fourth in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Marathon, a race won by a Yale law student named Frank Shorter. Moore wrote that Bowerman had the singlets changed from their green tone to the near fluorescent yellow as a means of influencing close finishes to go Oregon’s way. In those days, a tape (usually a string) was used as the leader(s) came through the finish line. Before electronic timing the closest thing to figuring out close finishes was a primitive photo finish usually taken from atop a platform placed next to the track. Bowerman rightly figured that the yellow was so eye catching that it would influence judges calling the finish, or even looking at a photo, to give higher placements to Oregon finishers. Bowerman coached track for 24 years at Oregon, lead the university to four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
My Photos - Haunted Mansion (Disneyland: Anaheim, CA) from a 2012 trip - a little late for Halloween but what’s a couple of days between here and the other side? :0 Shrivedog
Here are some portraits of some of the 999 guests of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and their abode from trips I made there I 2005, 2007, and 2009. Jack Skellington was in town on two of those occasions. Stay tuned for my Oct. 31 post showing night shots from 2011 of the old Greek Revival, Antebellum, Victorian, Gothic hybrid original home of the happy haunts.
I walked out my front door, looked up, and my head was in the clouds again. :0
Photos by Shrivedog
Me & my favorite guitar: from the Caverna 57 gig (Sacramento)
many thanks to my biggest fan, Ivy Wilde, for the photos!
photo by Shrivedog taken @ Elk Grove Park (Elk Grove, CA) Aug. 17, 2013