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Midweek Meandering 6-05-13

 
~ The above picture was taken by my daughter on the walking trail near her new house that winds through trees and alongside the river. If I could go meandering outside this is where I'd choose to be; for now, I'll have to be content with pretending.

~ I just finished looking at the senior graduation photos from Red Cloud Indian School.  Among the class this year are a handful of young people that I have known since they were in first grade. I am so proud of the ones who've made it this far and have wonderful plans for their future.  Life on the rez in South Dakota is anything but easy. I'm praying that they all seize the opportunity to live out their dreams! 

~ It saddens me deeply to know that five girls out of that original class of first graders have already had babies or are pregnant now, two of those are pregnant for the second time. It's not about passing moral judgment, it's about babies having babies and how being a very young parent makes achieving your goals so much harder... not impossible, just a lot harder.  It is difficult to break free of  the cycle of poverty.  I want so much more for them!

~ My young blogger friend Judygirl from Diary of the Sunday Visitor noted in an email to me that last Sunday was a holiday of sorts - "No TV Day" in her community in India - a day for everyone to shut off the television and get out and enjoy life.  What a wonderful idea!  We should do that here... maybe monthly!  Many years ago when I lived in Germany, we survived without tv for the two and a half years I was there. We didn't miss it  one bit, there were so many interesting things to do, a library of good books to access at the military post where my then husband was stationed, a new language to learn, beautiful countryside to explore, great beers to taste and festivals to enjoy.   We are a nation of couch potatoes, and Papa Bear and I fall within that guilty group.  At the end of a long day or week, we are weary, and more often than not end up planted in our comfy chairs.  Although there are very few shows we actually look forward to watching and actively record, if none of those are on, there is most likely something mediocre playing on the tv in the background while he reads and I blog.  He is now opting to turn the tv off at times when he is reading, and I enjoy the quiet time to think as I write.  When I am home alone it is very rarely on.  I could live without it. I don't love it enough to miss it. It really isn't necessary that we fill  up all the quiet spaces in our lives with noise.

~ I have to be honest and admit that if you propose a "No Electronics Day" I'm going to whine and cry and probably sneak into the closet with my tablet, my iPhone and my battery power pack!  It's an addiction, I admit that.  It's not about the objects themselves, it's about my ability to reach out and interact with  all of you, I enjoy that so much, and I truly go through withdrawal if we power down!

~ When I complain that it's "hotter than Hell" here in West Texas, I'm not kidding.  Papa Bear captured this screen shot from the weather report on last night's news.  Note that we've also had less than two inches of rainfall this year.  I think  it's going to be a long summer! :-/

11 comments:

  1. yes, ma'am, that is HOT!
    While I do like a few shows, I, too wouldn't care if we got rid of the TV. The boys (husband included) would be very unhappy, though. They love to watch anything sports. Except golf. Who likes to watch golf on TV?
    What a beautiful place for your daughter to walk. I'm guessing there isn't anything like that in your neck of the desert.

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    1. That is some of the hottest we've seen here, Christine. Usually it cools down very nicely at night, last night it really didn't. I'm sure Papa Bear would go through TV withdrawals too, when I mentioned getting rid of that expense it didn't draw much response. ;-)

      Yes what a wonderful walking trail, and there is miles of it she says! About as close as we get here is a 1/2 mile sidewalk path around what was once a buffalo wallow that the city now fills with water and calls a lake, though no swimming or boating allowed. It's a great place to feed the ducks though. :-)

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  2. That was our summer last year, hopefully not this year. Make sure you take care and don't dehydrate. Great shot, Brother John! Your daughter will be fine in her new surroundings. I could live without TV, even the computer...but music, I don't think so.

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    1. I remember that, you had a terrible time keeping things green. Water restrictions are now a way of life here. Everyone in the city is putting in private water wells to avoid city water restrictions on lawn maintenance, etc. However that isn't helping our rapidly dropping water tables at all. Green lawns and desert really weren't meant to go together, sadly. I would be quite happy with just a small patch big enough to sink bare feet in, I remember how good that feels! :-)

      There was a time that I was that connected to music, John is, and always has Sirius going in his truck. I'm partial to the quiet these days, though I like a little music now and then. I would adapt to having no Internet, but I would miss blogging and my fellow bloggers so much!!

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  3. Came across your response . Just love your blog... you have such empathy for others. Great sneakers!!LOL

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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    1. Hello Patricia, welcome to my blog! I love the "community" that comes with blogging and meeting new friends. If I could get those wonderful sneakers in sizes to fit my very wide, chubby feet, I would most certainly have to own a pair... aren't they wonderful?! Thank you for dropping by! I'm headed over to visit your blog now.

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  4. We are going to have a heatwave here this weekend. Way too hot. We had a pretty mild summer last year though so it's all good. That sure isn't much rain. Yikes.

    We can live without television here and did for many, many years. Just got television last year and I rarely watch it. Hubby likes the news so it's really a waste of money.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs from sunny California. ☺

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    1. Hi Sandee! Unfortunately, mild isn't a word we ever get to use in Texas in the summer, though we do have mild winters and I like that a lot after growing up with about eight months of snow and ice in South Dakota! :-)

      I would just as soon give the TV away. There are a few programs I enjoy, but the cost is ridiculous and we have 100-plus channels of nonsense, boredom, violence, and such. I remember having more quality programming back in the days where we lived with just two stations as I was growing up!

      Wishing you a lovely day there, I could do with some nice ocean breezes right about now! :-)

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  5. Hello :-) I'm not a big fan of the tv and rarely turn it on.My youngest lives watching sport on it tho and would not life without it!
    I loved the photo of the trail,I would like to walk there x

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    1. I agree Jess, there just doesn't seem to be a whole lot worth watching. I love that trail too. I hope to walk it this fall when we go to visit! How I would love to have something that green and pretty here!

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  6. I loved the walking trail near your daughter’s home. I just hope that her home is as beautiful as the environment there. It looks like an environment that can provide peace and inspiration both. As for the temperatures, I think you have a different thermometer than what we use. If those were our temperatures, we’d all be dead. But we use centigrade. What you said about the young ladies at the Indian school saddened me. I think we should be a little more open to the traditional values of minority peoples. There are many who get married at a very young age by western standards, and have children and build a family while still in their teens. I don’t believe this necessitates a life of poverty. Of course, I don’t know much about the specific case in question, but I don’t think a woman who gets pregnant at 17 or 18 is a baby having a baby.

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