Working on a new ending and high hopes on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..

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(No nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life 🙂 ).

“Bad things do happen, how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have– life itself. “ Walter Anderson

“No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” Maria Robinson

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter.”

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

Hello Diary,

It is the beginning of the week again, time keeps moving along, with or without me… 🙂 the weather will be a bit iffy, but still have projects, chores and errands to deal with, the mundane side of life… 🙂 have a photo of another sunset…


And speaking of photos, heard a loud chirping sound and saw a little House Wren in the neighborhood..


Not doubt giving me some pointers about taking care of the backyard… 🙂 and speaking of the backyard, one of the project/tasks to do is dealing with the first batch of green beans…

green beans

Will have to blanche them and get them ready for the freezer… they will taste pretty good when Ole Man Winter comes calling… 🙂

As I venture through the universe, I notice there a some who have to deal with the adversity of illness, of different types and degrees… it can be challenging at times, but the best medicine is a positive attitude and high hope… I am no stranger to the adversity of illness either…

My late wife was dealing with a back pain in her lower back for near a year, going to doctor, chiropractor, taking medication, etc x-ray showing little… in the fall of 2012 it kept getting worse and they finally decided on a MRI and a small tumor was found near the base of her spine and eating away at the spine… well, surgery were required and they had to put pins in the back to support the spine… the tumor was sent to the Mayo Clinic for evaluation… the tumor was determined to be malignant and after 2-3 weeks of tests, scans, etc it was determined that she had an aggressive form of Stage 4 Lung Cancer… a positive attitude, reinforced with hope, were put in place and the battle was on..

To keep a long story (and journey) short, she lost the battle but won the war when she passed away in March of 2015 (we would have been married 51 years in July 2015)… I remember the Chaplain coming into her room and he ask her if she had a religion, she said “No”, he then ask her if she believed in the hereafter and she said “Yes”, he said “good, it’s what is in the heart that is important, not a name above the door”… positive attitude and hope were there to the last heartbeat even when we said our “byes” (I never say goodbye because it sounds too much like forever)… 🙂

After battling a number of illnesses herself but refusing to give up, my Mom (at the age of 95) passed away in December 2015…

So to all (and everyone in your life), stay positive and even though some days will be diamonds and other days stone, put your trust in your heart and hope and they guide you through it all… 🙂

Hope is the light that keeps darkness at bay
Hope is the breeze on a hot summer day.
Hope is ever present and free of cost
Hope is the last thing ever lost.

Hope is staying positive when the going gets tough
Hope is seeking help when you feel you’ve had enough.
Hope is recovery from simmering sorrow
Hope is believing in a brighter tomorrow.
(Linda Hotger)

As for me, well, I have some arthritis of the spine and other minor growing old issues… I no longer are a young lad with a life ahead of him, my clock is ticking down and I could say my life is behind me and I am just hanging around to see how it all ends, but that is not true, one can do a lot of living in a seconds time… “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” Isaac Asimov… 🙂

Oh, yesterdays over my shoulder
So I can’t look back for too long
There’s just too much to see, waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can’t go wrong. (Jimmy Buffet)

So it is in down the path I go, challenging thunderstorms and overcoming adversity.. why one would ask?.. Because I can… 🙂

It Is Down The Path Least Traveled I Shall Go..

It is down the path least traveled I shall go
To a rainbow filled horizon I venture,
To seek, to learn, know peace, to enjoy life
A path filled with wonderful adventure.

A place where one is accepted as who they are
A spirit kindled to life, when mortal born,
A being coming from the depths within
And not subject to ridicule and scorn.

A place where I know freedom of thought and being
I am what I am, don’t you see,
Neither this one, neither that one, but all the above
In a mortal world, a free spirit, that’s me.

I do not travel the path alone, you see
There are memories and spirits to behold,
Those that share… the joy and sadness
As I gather more memories, down that least traveled road.

So how long will my journey be, one would ask
Will I see the end of the path…ever?
The answer, I believe, lies on the horizon
Somewhere past… the 12th of Never….

So I shall bring my ramblings to an end
For there is one fact that I do know,
To reach the horizon, the 12th of Never
It’s down the path least traveled I must go!
(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Well, I had better close for now, I woke up on the green side of the grass, have approximately 2,793,000 seconds before it is time to go to bed, a lot of living yet to do so I had better get on with it… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..

I believe that Frank and the gang have some more thoughts about High Hopes… 🙂

6 thoughts on “Working on a new ending and high hopes on the path least traveled…

  1. “it’s what is in the heart that is important, not a name above the door” Your wife was a fine lady. May her soul rest in peace. Your posts are always full of positivity and hope and I am glad to be one of your followers. Thank you for sharing the stories of your wife and mother.


    • Thank you for visiting and the kind words!… positive and hope will help define ones destiny, negative will only find negative and unhappiness… thank you for venturing on the path, sharing your thoughts and helping to make the world a better place!… 🙂

      “Holding on to bitterness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die”…

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  2. Inspiring quotes, thoughts and poem, Dutch… Reminding me of one of my favorites by Emily Dickinson: ” Hope is a thing with feathers/that perches on the soul/and sings the song without the words/and never stops at all” –High hopes! Blessings and love. xo


    • Thank you for taking the time from your writings and adventures to visit and your kind words!!.. 😉 I know the quote by Emily Dickinson quite well and one of my favorites also!… again, thank you for visiting and may each and every day be filled with love and happiness… bye for now… best wishes and love xo

      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!


  3. You are a beautiful and complex soul!! Your words are sheer elequence, your positive mind set is refreshing, and the song is your heart is addictive!!

    I’m sorry you lost your lovey!! How hard that must be to not have such a special soul at your side. I applaud you for moving onward in a enlightening way.

    Green beans, birds, sunrise, seconds in a day left to embrace, poetry, music, writing , thinking are all beautiful ways to build a positive and strong soul. Keep doing what you do.

    My BEST until we share thoughts again my friend.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to visit and your very kind words!!… Yes, “There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, people we can’t live without but have to let go.”
      ― Nancy Stephan

      but life, and the heart, does go on… and I am not alone… 🙂

      When I grow too old to dream
      I’ll have you to remember
      When I grow too old to dream
      Your love will live in my heart
      So kiss me my sweet
      And so let us part
      And when I grow too old to dream
      That kiss will live in my heart
      (Dame Vera Lynn)

      When I grow too old to dream
      I’ll have you to remember
      When I grow too old to dream
      Your love will live in my heart
      So kiss me my sweet
      And so let us part
      And when I grow too old to dream
      That kiss will live in my heart
      (Dame Vera Lynn)


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