LIFE STORY

Aimee’s blog is an inspirational blog about how to live well with mental health issues. Aimee is a good friend and I am constantly amazed at her strength and talents. I use her tips to help deal with my anxieties. Be sure to check it out.

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  Humans are talented. Most of us have many creative talents. Some can sew, some can paint, some can knit, some can quilt, and some can write. These talents can be used to help relieve symptoms of mental illness. You can also use your talents to help spread the word about mental illness, and, in the case of writing, you can tell the world your story, you can encourage others, inspire others, and teach others.

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   I find it helpful to show how telling your story can reach others and also heal your inner pain. If you are not a writer, find other ways to share your stories, like drawing, but it’s important to show the world what mental illness is about: We are humans who happen to have an illness of the mind.

   This weekend was my writers’ group picnic. We were given words to create a short…

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We’ve Discovered Eno River State Park!

After spending the first two days of Labor Day weekend working around in the yard of our new house, I wanted to have a picnic on Labor Day. Being new to the area, I browsed around on the Internet for parks and lakes nearby. There were a handful to choose from but I was surprised that the main one (and probably the biggest one) I wanted to visit was closed for the holiday.

Closed sign

What? A park and lake closed on one of the biggest holidays of the summer?

This is the first I’ve encountered this set back. I don’t know if they’ve always done this or if it is something new due to budget restraints.

Oh well, it all turned out great because we went to my next choice and had a great time.

Eno River State Park is just outside of Durham, North Carolina.

Eno River State Park

Sorry this is a little blurry. I took it on the drive by.

Eno River State Park has thirty miles of hiking trails, picnic facilities, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and back country camping.

It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. We ate our picnic of pasta salad and chips & dip while people watching. I love to people watch. Occupational hazard I guess, being a writer 🙂 Then we hiked down to the Eno River.

Eno River

There were a lot of kids and dogs enjoying the water, but I try not to take photos with people who might not want to be photographed. This photo was taken a little farther down the river.

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There was a great swinging bridge that crossed the river. I love these types of bridges. They’re like an amusement park ride when you’re trying to walk on a surface that is moving. This bridge received a lot of traffic and it was funny watching people’s reactions.

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Here’s my husband posing for the camera.

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This sign is posted on one of the supports for the swinging bridge. If you can’t read it, it says that the river had risen to the bottom of the sign during Hurricane Fran on Sept 6, 1996. Now, look at how high the sign is…

Hurricane sign

You can see these guys walking under the bridge and the sign is at least another 6 or 7 feet higher! Whew!

All in all, a wonderful Labor Day in the woods.

Do you like swinging bridges or not? Let me know…

Here’s a few more of my North Carolina posts:

The Thrill of a New House

Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens

Relax At The Zoo To Help Conquer Stress

What Do The Mountains Say To You?

Photo Challenge: Air Plant Collage

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is collage.  I was reminded of our trip to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. On the wall just outside the Doris Duke Center was a beautiful collage of air plants.

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We went to the gardens to view the Triangle Bonsai Society Expo inside the Doris Duke Center building. To see photos, click Bonsai.

To see my last photo challenge post, click Bridges.

Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens

Over the weekend, we went to the Triangle Bonsai Society’s Expo at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.

Bonsai

I’ve always loved the living art of Bonsai, a beautifully grown and trimmed tree or shrub in perfect miniature.

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There were Pines, Junipers, Ficus and even Azaleas.

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Bonsai

 

Bonsai

One gentleman even had a rock mounted to resemble a miniature mountain range.

Bonsai mountain range

I really enjoyed the afternoon admiring and learning about these small masterpieces.

Have you ever attended a Bonsai event or have grown a Bonsai tree yourself? I’d love to hear about it.

Photo Challenge: I Love Bridges!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is bridges.

I have always loved bridges, the large, high ones that span rivers and highways down to the small, low ones crossing a creek in the woods. They are like tickets to another place you would ordinarily have to swim or fly to and, possibly because I’m petite, I’ve always like to be up high and look down.

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stone bridge

 

wooden bridge

 

Which bridge do you like the most?

Check out prior photo challenges:

Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

Scenes From Atop

If You Just Can’t Wait For Fireworks…

If you are like me, you love Fourth of July fireworks! Sometimes I have to cover my ears (I’ve always been sensitive to loud noises) but I love the colors and designs. The bigger and brighter, the better.

Which are your favorite style of fireworks? Zigzaggy ones, sparkly ones…

Here are some photos to hold you off ’til the big day:

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But remember, please be considerate of those who are troubled by fireworks. Namely those from the military and our pets.

Have a fun, happy Fourth of July!

 

 

How to celebrate Father’s Day Without Dad

There are so many great, fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day with your Dad and be grateful for all the years you have together. However, if you’re like me you’ve lost your father way before you were ready, so this post is for you.

Ways to celebrate Father’s Day without your dad:

  • Send balloons Heavenward. Write messages on helium balloons and send them skyward as a fun form of Father’s Day airmail. At night-time, releasing Chinese lanterns are very moving and beautiful. Just be sure you have plenty of room to avoid starting fires.  Chinese Lanterns
  • Do what Dad loved to do. Maybe you and your dad went to the ball games together or loved to sit in a boat and drown a can of worms. Whatever it was, do it again. Invite a friend or take the family along and relive old memories of Dad. fishing in boat
  • Honor Dad and his favorite charity or organization. Make a donation of money or your time to a worthy cause. Send the Zem Zem Club a check because their motorcycle riders were Dad’s favorite in the annual parade. Volunteer an afternoon at the local soup kitchen because Dad always remembered those who were less fortunate. Whatever the idea or value, you can find a way to assist others in honor of your dad.  volunteer symbol
  • Share photo albums. It can be very therapeutic gazing through old photos. Kids love to see parents and grandparents as kids. Or make a collage scrapbook page of your favorite dad memories and post it on the refrigerator door for all to enjoy. photo ablum
  • Make your dad’s favorite meal or dessert. Invite everyone over to enjoy dad’s favorite chili-cheese dogs, triple cheese pizza or Cajun chicken fried steaks. Relive memories while eating crumbly topped apple pie, chocolate chip cake or oatmeal raisin cookies.  chili dog

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas to enjoy Father’s Day even if your father has passed away.

Is there something you or your family do that isn’t in this post? I’d love to hear about it.

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