Friday, July 26, 2013

Life goes on

Some students in Jilda's Monday night community yoga class gave her a gift certificate for a visit to the local spa today.
Sensing a chance to eat out, I volunteered to drive her in for her morning appointment. Before I left, I grabbed my laptop.
On the way to the spa, we drove through the area hard hit by tornados in April of 2011. I noticed when crossing the bridge over the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River, that many of the tree that had been stripped of limbs and leaves, had new growth which made the tree trunks look fuzzy. The tops of a few looked like green afro wigs.
Seeing how the trees coped with the wrath of Mother Nature, gave me an idea for a column. Life goes on.
I had Jilda jot the idea down on my iPhone notepad while I drove.
I'd planned on visiting one of our friends in the hospital while the spa girls were working my tensed-up spouse over, but as it turns out my friend was in therapy and couldn't have company.
Instead of visiting, I drove over to Micky "D's", ordered a hot Mocha, and grabbed as seat toward the back.
I shoved my headphones in my ears to drown out the sound of squealing youngun's enjoying the fun room.
When I sat down to write, events of the last few weeks came flooding into my mind creating a perfect mind storm. The column flowed like honey on a hot biscuit.
I won't say much here, but I'll post the column after it runs, but I can say I'm happy with what I wrote.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend.


  1. Lovely photo. We used to have them in our front yard when I was a little girl. Mimosa is what we called them.
    I look forward to hearing about your column. Congratulations, again....

  2. Can't wait to read that column. I love it when ideas just seem to flow without thought. Have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  3. Anonymous12:32 AM

    Looking forward to the column--hope Jilda enjoyed her spa day!!

  4. It is awesome when you can just sit down and the ideas come out... have a great weekend Rick ;-)

  5. "...a perfect mind storm" - I like that. Wish I had them more often!

  6. Looking forward to reading your column. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. When our kids were young we took a few trips out west. One year we went to Yellowstone National Park. It was a few years after the devastating fires that took out so many trees. There were little saplings growing everywhere...and growing next to the burned out timber. What a sight and I think the park is stronger because of it. I guess sometimes we need to get a bit "burned out" before we changed and grow! I know your column will be good...probably great! Have a good weekend..we're getting our usual Sat. morning/day rain again!

  8. I look forward to reading your column.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  9. I like it when ideas flow from things you see around you.
    The picture is beautiful.

  10. "... green Afro wigs." Great imagery.

    It's almost surrealistic to visit a place that's been hard-hit by a tornado, isn't it? Even the day after everything gets leveled; maybe even especially the next day. Especially when the sun is shining, and the sky is blue.


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