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Braving the Elements

It was not just another day at the beach. The water looked a little rough. But a few people were out battling the breakers. I stood in the surf, studying the wave patterns. I love swimming. When I was 18, I swam in March all the way out to the end of the pier. But this June evening 44 years later, I wasn’t sure I was up a challenge. Was I chicken? Or maybe I just didn’t feel like being tossed around and scraped on the sandy bottom. A person could break their neck.

Disappointed, I plodded back to the blanket while my sweetheart meditated with his feet planted firmly in the wet sand.

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I didn’t have to prove anything to anybody, I told myself. If I didn’t feel like fighting the current, that was okay. I should trust my own judgment. David came to join me, being supportive, wanting me safe. We could see a rip current to the north. He’s a flyer, not a swimmer, though I have no doubt that if I was in trouble, he’d jump in and save me.

Ten minutes later, I looked at the ocean. People were swimming. Not many, but some. Yes, they were younger than me. But the ocean loves me. And I love the ocean. The water seemed a little calmer. I got up and walked a few yards south, then turned toward the waves. There was a break. I went for it. Got past the breakers and swam a few strokes. Maybe I wanted to prove something to myself.

The undertow pulled hard. Okay, that’s enough, said the ocean, or maybe it was my guardian angel. There was another break in the waves, and I scampered back up on the beach without getting knocked down. Feeling energized. Feeling strong. Not chicken.

Within minutes, the sky grew dark to the north. Was that lightening?

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The storm reached out over the ocean…

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…sending a cool blast of air charged with energy. Was it a warning? Or an enticement to stay and watch the show?

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The storm crossed in front us traveling along the horizon

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and chased the remaining swimmers ashore with her dragon head.

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Then, the sun came came from behind

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…and nudged her out to sea.

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A warm breeze said the show was almost over,

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So we headed home.

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Three Stories of Young Men Doing Good

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As reported by the Good News Network, Boylan Slat is getting ready to launch his project to start cleaning up the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” in July! Boylan explains his prototype in this video:

 

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Homelessness, his dad’s heart attack, bullying, and migraines where some of the challenges Tre Jenkins faced. Now, he’s getting ready to go to Harvard.  (A personal side note on migraines: fluorescent lights used in most classrooms make migraines worse.)

 

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This third video shows how a high school football team worked together to lift a car off of an elderly couple.

 

Good News is out there.

Feel free to share!


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Clean Underwear and the OCD Octopus (Must be Stream of Consciousness Saturday)

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Occasionally, I get a little bit OCD, but only about certain things, like checking the stove before I leave the house. Off. Off. Off. Off. Off. And some might say I’m OCD about the order of my laundry items. Underwear, my underwear anyway, can only be washed after my towels and nighties which come after my husband’s white towels, which come after pants, which come after shirts, which come after the dog towels and floor towels which I just did which means my husband can wash his clothes now. Sometimes I’ll wash his clothes, but he is patient most of the time. I don’t think I’m OCD about anything else. Okay maybe recycling. Don’t want any plastics ending up in the ocean if we can help it.

Have you seen that huge field of plastic in the ocean? It’s awful. The ocean is not for plastic crap. It’s for kelp and fish and whales and octopuses or octopi. (Spell check accepts either spelling.) Have you ever seen those those videos of octopuses/octopi escaping from a jar or a small, like I’m talking tiny, opening? I’m not going to share those because I’m not quite sure if they are humane. But I remember one video about an octopus that lived in an aquarium and escaped down a drain to return to the ocean. So what does that tell us about the octopus? They are smart, no more than smart – intelligent, and flexible.

Sometimes humans think that if someone or something looks very different from “us” like an octopus for example, it couldn’t possibly be intelligent. Same with dolphins and whales. But don’t make that mistake. Their thinking, language, and cultures may be very different from ours, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have thinking, language, and culture. There is plenty of evidence to support the intelligence of marine mammals and octopi, none of which belongs in an aquarium. They all belong in the ocean.

Do you think the octopi that escaped were able to do so because they were OCD? That could be another story: The OCD Octopus.  But I’d rather they were free, like this one, than OCD.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is to start our post with a word that starts with “oc.” We get bonus points if we end with a word that starts with “oc.” So, I’m a happy octopus. 🙂

For more information, visit the blog of Linda G. Hill at this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/19/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-20th-2018/

Here are the rules for SOCS which I try to follow without being OCD.

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

 


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Simple Pleasures of Water and Sunset

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I’m thankful for a nice visit with my son and his girlfriend who came down from the mountains Tuesday.  After a swim in the ocean, we walked around the south end of the island to relax in the intracoastal waterway and watch the sunset. My son who’s in his 30s, and my daughter, who’s in her 20s, played in the water like when they were kids fascinated by the tiny clams they found in the wet sand.

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You can let go of worries and

open your heart

when you immerse yourself in a natural body of water

under the beauty of a setting sun.

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Ooooh, Aaaah for fireworks, dragonflies, purring cats, ocean, sunsets, and cuddling in moonlight

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is  “ooooh, aaaah,” provided by Dan at
“No Facilities.” Thanks, Dan for the great prompt and for filling in for Linda.

 I’ve done my share of oooohing and aaaahing at fire works displays. I love them with my eyes, but my ears, not so much, and the crowds, not so much. Sparklers are nice, though. I used to have a dog that got terrified by fireworks, two dogs in fact, that would shake and hide every fourth of July.

Why can’t they make quieter fireworks?

Plenty of other things to ooooh and aaaah about though:

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Ooooh contains the element of surprise and delight,

Ooooh is a dragonfly on my clothes line.

Aaaah is more relaxing, like a purring cat.

Ooooh is the way the ocean feels at the beginning of summer – cold and full of life.

Aaaaah is how the ocean feels at the end of the summer – almost warm like bath water.

Ooooh is the sunset lighting up the sky with pink and orange glowing streaks – nature’s fire works!

Aaaah is twilight when the sun has dipped below the horizon – leaving hints of lavender and indigo.

Ooooh is finding the message from my long lost love.

Aaaah is cuddling in his arms at night, the full moon coming in the window in the winter.

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You’ll find more oooohing and aaaahing going on here:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/06/28/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-117/

The rules for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness are:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Answering a Call

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”  (Interpretive translation of Talmudic texts)

I’ve been called to be part of the music team for pilgrims attending Cursillio, a four day course in apostolic movement. We convene at Trinity Center, an Episcopal retreat center by the Atlantic Ocean. But I wouldn’t call Cursillio a retreat. Its intensity has been known to stretch the boundaries of this introvert’s comfort zone. Maybe that’s not a bad thing – for a few days, anyway. I’ll be taking my guitar and the new drum I bought. My goal is to have fun while serving, singing, and spending some time in nature.

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I’ll be leaving tomorrow and will have limited internet access. Don’t know if I’ll have time to dip my toe in the stream of Consciousness on Saturday, but maybe I’ll get to dip my toe in the ocean.

As they say at Cursillio,

De Colores!

I know this is a little long for a one-liner, but I’ll be gone for a few days. Go visit Linda for lots of great one-liner’s at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/04/26/one-liner-wednesday-best-friends/

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The rules, which I sometimes follow are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our very cool badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!