Category: Daily Life

Gazing Out the Window

By , April 16, 2018

I sometimes wonder how I ever did it.

How did I acquire a decent education, how did I hold semi-prestigious, sometimes lucrative, often exciting jobs, when they all offered windows out of which to gaze?

And, now that I live in a gorgeous natural bay window how do I manage to write this blog? I find this especially puzzling when I realize that this bay window comes with no discipline other than self-discipline, and an overabundance of snacks and other treats to beguile and distract me?

work with a view

Here’s a workplace! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

I tell you truthfully: I started this post to ask your indulgence. I feel I must step away from the blog for a bit.

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Silence Is Good for Us!

By , February 19, 2018

I recently read this article, Science Says Silence is Much More Important to Our Brains Than We Think. Apparently, silence can restore brain cells?

Now, I have to admit, I don’t spend much time worrying whether I’m decreasing or increasing my personal inventory of brain cells, but if losing them is bad—and goodness knows there seem to be a lot of fun ways to do that—repairing, restoring, or increasing them should be good, right?

The basic message here is that silence can be beneficial. And, we have a lot of silence here on the homestead! I talk about this often, including In The Quiet of the Morning and Listening to Silence.

As always, I want to differentiate between silence and absence of noise.

snow sagging on tree branches

An example of stillness, if not silence: snow drooping on the cherry tree. Stay with me on this, it gives me an excuse to publish these photos! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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