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The Hike That Almost Wasn’t

20 Oct

A couple weekends ago I headed up to one of my favorite state parks – one which I explored the first time in the dark…in the dead of winter. Who in their right mind can claim a favorite park based on such a first visit? Well…..yours truly can!  click here to read more

What To Do?

25 Sep

I took a trip to Moose Lake State Park this past weekend located in Moose Lake, MN. I’d never been there and wanted to see what landscape treasures it held. I should have been alerted when I talked to the ranger there. I said I was a photographer and was wondering what might be some great trails to start hiking in search of aforementioned treasures. His response? Click here to find out what his response was!

Shoulda Coulda Woulda

7 Aug

Foggy Morning -1

Ever have regrets? Yes? Let me share a secret with you….so have I. So have millions, if not billions, of others. Few are those who have never had a regret.

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Character

31 Jul

Stony Point Fishing Shack-1

Up on the North Shore of MN, there exists a couple of fishing shacks. I wish I could tell you more about the history of them. All I could find in my research online is that they were part of someone’s fishing operation. Whether commercial or private, I don’t know. I’d love to know more about them. I suspect the locals probably know the history. I intend to find out that history.

This shack, based on my research of photographs of that particular area, is the less photographed of the two. <!–more click here to keep reading– >It is a rather hidden structure even as it sits at the front part of a grove of trees and only a hundred feet or so from the other, more known and photographed, fishing shack. On that day, I was drawn to this shack that seems resigned to be “second nature” alongside its sibling.

As I walked by and around it, I beheld the work of nature upon this humble shack – the weathered look the years had carved upon it.

Stony Point Fishing Shack 2-1

As I came to and stopped at the door, my eyes slowly scanned the frame around the door and the surrounding wood cojoined to encapsulate the skeletal frame of the structure. I soaked in the rough-hewn wood, the knots, the grain, the “veins” of the wood. Such beauty. Such unrefined artistry. Such character.

Character. Character seems, to me, to be something that is earned. Something that is fostered, shaped and molded. It speaks of an ongoing active pursuit. Character is a result of years of being “weathered”. It is not always a refined process; in fact, quite often, is very messy. However, I do believe there is a controlling aspect in the evolving stages of our character. Unlike the shack above which is at the mercy of what nature throws at her, we do have the power to steer the course of our character development.

Do you like what you see in yourself? Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t. I can’t help but think of the words of Paul in the Bible – indulge me for a moment to let me share my own personal beliefs. He says, “…I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway…I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does…”

There is a plethora of good characters we could endeavor to promote. Character building is never easy though it is always rewarding. For instance, I can do better at treasuring my wife. Do I really need to always be right with my wife even if I am right? 😉Fortunately I can kid like that about my wife….I think…🙄.

What about our friends? I love the phrasing of this saying, “Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.” I’m not saying we, as friends or spouses or whatever the relationship, should just sweep it under the rug. I am saying consider whether you need to say it, what you need to say, when you need to say it and how you should say it. 

Character can be beautiful. Character can also be ugly. Take inventory of what are your strong and weak characters. Want to be bold? Ask your spouse and/or friends to list your character strengths and weaknesses. Then continue life’s journey. Continue to promote those choices that will “ingrain” deeply the strong/positive characters. Make the change needed to not just address but obliterate the weak/negative characters. It’s not easy but it is rewarding.

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Stony Point Fishing Shack

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Sometimes It’s A Stumble In The Park

26 Jun

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Buck Lake-1

Jiminy Crickets! Whadda’ evening!

I was on my way to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Sherburne County last Saturday evening.

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Now….I don’t have the greatest capacity for long-term memories but for some reason I remembered the last time I was in that refuge. Years ago, my wife, sister, mother and I went to one of the trails there called Mahnomen Trail. A chuckle or three (and I confess – soon followed by laughter) started to rise out of my throat as I reminisced our short visit there.

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