Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Today was hectic. I covered council meetings, content meetings, and tech meetings. I interviewed a teacher that got tears in her eyes as she talked with pride about the students she teaches.

I picked up seed, feed, and weed at the coop. OK, I was kidding about the weed. But I digress.

My mind was spinning like a top on steroids.

Driving home, I almost passed by my peaceful place without stopping. In fact, I drove by and then realized I NEEDED to stop.

Turning around, I pulled into the parking area at the Forks of the river. The sun took the day off. As I sat there leaning on the front of my truck, the hood ticked as it cooled.

A mist began to rise off the surface of the river. My pulse rate slowed. A car pulled up beside me and a guy stepped out. Without saying a word, he too leaned against the front of his truck.

We sat in silence.

I nodded at the guy standing there and got back into my truck. I felt taller.

Stress is a fact of life. People deal with stress in many ways.

I don't need a prescription for my tonic.


  1. Water is always a benison. And your tonic provides me with a tonic through the screen. Thank you.

  2. Thank you Rick for reminding that we need to stop and recharge.

  3. We should all have a peaceful place like that one to go too. We'd be better off for it. That is peacefulness at its best.

  4. Oh yes, I can see where this would lessen the tension. I love water, it is calmong whether lying flat as a floor or falling over as a water fall.
    Good on you for taking that prescription.
    Sherry & jack

  5. My tonic is a sound proof (I hope) basement and a guitar.

  6. I go sit on a bench by the Missouri River. I can watch the water flow by for hours. It is rejuvenating and soothing.

  7. Rick, I like the way you chill out. No meds for me either. I just do not understand that life. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  8. Still water is so calming. I'm glad that you have that little peace of heaven in your area. You live a hectic life and you need to just stop and take in the balm of that restful place.
    Hugs, Julia


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