Sunday, May 29, 2011

Just Relaxing


                     Its has been a while since I have posted anything, The truth be told,  by the time I finish doing everything I need to do around the farm, I am just too tuckered out to write.   Any one that has owned a farm or a home knows that there is ALWAYS something that needs to get done, mowing the lawn, fixing the sink, or painting something. On top of all the chores I have around the farm, I just finished teaching for the semester. So, those of you that have kids...imagine having 128 of them. It suffices to say that life comes at you fast, if one was to quote TV commercials. 

     I still wake up at 4:30am. Some old habits are hard to break. I enjoy a good breakfast. Today it was an asparagus and onion frittarta and a cup of strong  coffee.  Then its my routine to take the dogs for their morning walk. Its off down the path through the woods to the pond. I once read that paths are the birthplace of writing, they certainly are the birthplace of reading. Trails are always about signs  and landmarks. Animals leave their signatures. They mark their passages with scat, urine, bones, blood,footprints, heaps of fur, feathers, and shreds of skin. Every animals or hominid that passes leaves its mark on the earth, like an endlessly uncoiling scroll. All this waits to be observed, sniffed-read-by others. The dogs and I take to this uncoiling surface with the same understanding. We read the trail data and feel the pull of its narrative like the lines of a story. We become part of the story, matching all the other legs and feet that have left odoriferous and warm directions scribed into the surface. I use vision and reasoning. The dogs use  vision, smell, and instinct, but we all contribute-compacting the earth with a new verse. keeping the path alive. I don't know how the story ends, but its been interesting and enjoyable so far. It the journey that make life interesting, not the destination.  I'm ready to turn another page and head down a different path. I usually choose to follow paths that are less traveled. I cannot wait to see what new adventures await. You are welcome to come along. until the next time
~old dog~


  1. This is so beautifully written! You have a wonderful way with words and compact so much depth and feeling into each of your posts. This particular piece is priceless :)

  2. Very well said and we completely agree. Enjoy!

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