“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse” (Kilroy Oldster) on the path least traveled…

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Yes, “It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” (Agnes Repplier ) so I choose to be happy being me, even if it makes me different… 🙂

And why do I wish to be different, you may ask,
The freedom to choose, to explore, to learn a lot,
Dictated to by a prophet chained to a myth…. NOT
Maybe so everyone can shout and point at me,
And say, “Hey, he’s different”, don’t you see.

Not another like me, I am one of a kind
Don’t always fit in, with most society’s thought and mind,
But will sail against the current, pull on Superman’s cape,
Spit into the wind, with courage face adversity with glee,
How and why?... because I am are different, don’t you see.

My mind is clear and open, gathering knowledge every day
My spirit is young, adventuresome and floating free,
Not confined by those social chains, no box, no mold for me
I am what I am, I am me, what I wish to be,
Perhaps that makes me different, don’t you see.

So my heart’s compass is pointed to the horizon
Sails set full, safe harbor fading in the distance, a faint glow to eye it seems
And with a pocket full of memories, on the horizon are my dreams
On down the path least traveled I will venture, with spirit free
Why the path least traveled?..well, I’m different, don’t you see.
                                  ( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

And in spite of challenges being different may bring, there is happiness within because of a heart and spirit born free, being me… 🙂

Hello Diary,

In spite of the storms of conflict, illness, climate change, I venture down the path without fear because “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” (Louisa May Alcott) and as I gaze upon the horizon (photo take last summer) contemplating what adventures await me…. 🙂

 

And I asked myself “When Is The Right Time?”…. 🙂

To climb a mountain
To fly a plane,
To hug a friend 
To run naked in the rain.

To stand up tall
To make your thoughts known,
To blend with a crowd
To go it alone.

To till the field
To sow the seeds of peace and more,
To pen a poem of love
To write a musical score.

To take this path
To maybe take the other,
To open ones heart
To  share it with another.

Today, tomorrow perhaps?
The answer is in the heart, you see,
So when is the right time, one asks?
When your heart wishes for it to be..
       ( Larry “Dutch” Woller ).

Yes, only the heart and time holds the answer… 🙂

And now the heart is telling me it is time to close as there are adventures waiting, more memories to be had… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

Yes,  even though conflict, illness, climate change, etc. are presenting dark days at the moment, we shall see brighter days because we know our love will see us through, knowing our dreams lie ahead, somewhere in time…  🙂

 

 

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” (Joel Brown) on the path least traveled…  

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With closed minded ideologies, greed, prejudice, conflict, illness, climate change, etc. presenting daily challenges to oneself, it is difficult to be positive, to hold on to one’s dream, but there is always hope to cling to, for…

 

 

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” (Emily Dickinson)… 🙂

HOPE IS

Hope is a feather floating in a bright blue sky
Hope is that sparkle that shines in your eyes.
Hope is a butterfly fluttering on the wind
Hope is good times spent with family and friends.

Hope is a newborn baby’s cry
Hope is a Mother’s lullaby.
Hope is the rainbow after a rain
Hope is the harvest of golden grain.

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)
And when hope teams up with love, the team is unbeatable!!… 🙂

Hello Diary,

To deal with life’s challenges here on the path, not only is there the team of love and hope, but there is a third member of the team, my dream…“Every morning your have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

 

 

I Had A Dream And Still Do…. 🙂

In history’s past, on the path, I had a dream
Of a world in harmony it did seem,
Accepting one as to who they believe and are
Of one’s life’s choices no one did bar.

Not a world of race, color or gender
Nor closed minded ridicule or prejudice...you see,
But a world that respects another’s dream
Of what or who they wish to be.

Being free to climb a mountain, to touch a star
Free to search the universe, where answers are,
Free to venture through life, with open mind
Another’s belief, it did not blind.

Being  free to boldly walk the lands, both far and near
To lives one’s life without suffering or fear,
Not to be accepted by belief, gender or race, you see
But by the love, understanding and knowledge of a spirit born free.

And  children could follow their own dream, you see
Not to be denied by another’s ideology,
To follow the destiny of their own choice
Not to be hindered by another’s voice.

I still have that dream, you know
A dream that began a long time ago,
A dream without end, each and every day
Until the four winds, they all blow away.
                          (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
Here on the path ( and hopefully the rest of the universe) there is hope, love and a dream and they will get us through everything, right Abba?… 🙂 Yes, with a heart full of memories and with love, hope and a dream, I will venture down the path with a open mind as I deal with life’s challenges and seek out adventure with a smile on my face because each and every day will be a zip-a-dee-do-dah day!!… 🙂
I had better close for now, one of life’s challenges, the laundry is done… 🙂  but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

And remember...
Never let anyone tear you down,
And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.
So, will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?
Or will you rise up and make the light your friend?
                                                       (Hollianne Boucher)

“I am what and who I am, venturing down the path of life, following my dreams, chasing rainbows and leaving safe harbor with sails set full to boldly go where I have not been before”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller) on the path least traveled….

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It’s that time of year when I join the weeders army, to keep watchful eye here in the path’s gardens…

Though plants like the wild violet ( considered a weed by many) have a home in the path’s gardens also… 🙂

Weeder's Thoughts…..
I have raked the soil and planted the seeds 
Now I've joined the army that fights the weeds.
For me no flashing saber and sword, 
To battle the swiftly marching horde; 

With a valiant heart I fight the foe, 
My only weapon a trusty hoe.
No martial music to swing me along, 
I march to the robin redbreast song. 

No stirring anthem of bugle and drum 
But the cricket's chirp and the honey bee's hum.
No anti-aircraft or siren yell
But there's Trumpet-creeper and Lily-bell. 

With a loving heart and a sturdy hand, 
I defend the borders of flower-land;
While high over Larkspur and Leopardsbane,
A butterfly pilots his tiny plane; 

But I shall not fear his skillful hand, 
My enemy charges only by land.
Would those who lead nations in war and hate
But lay down their guns at some garden gate,
There, bury- their bombs and their bloody deeds,
And join the grand army that's fighting the weeds.
  (Alma B. Eymann)

Hello Diary,

Yes, though it is a bit cool outdoors, spring is in the air and the gardens and backyard are starting to wake up from the winter doldrums… with the migratory birds (who stop for a quick lunch on occasion) voice added to the rest of the birds, their music can be heard on a quiet springlike morning like today… 🙂

 

 

I’m watching the sun come up
With a spot of tea in my hand,
Thoughts passing like a gentle breeze
As I gaze upon the land.

Thinking about my garden
As I watch the squirrels at play,
Will this be a good year?
With nature being kind...day by day.?

Or will it be like last year
A struggle both day and night,
Hoping for a better day
With every morning’s light.

Love is in the air
Carried by a gentle breeze,
In the notes of a birds song
As the melody,..gently,.. drifts through the trees.

The time has come to make ready
To plan and to prepare,
Even though it’s cool outside
A taste of spring, and love,  is in the air!

Or is it just me………….. 🙂
           (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
Yes, my backyard friends add music to the day as I venture out in search of new adventures… “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato)… 🙂

I had better close for now, have much to prepare for as the excitement builds here on the path….but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

 

Yes, it feels like spring here on the path, a path that is 

Not a world of race, color or gender
Nor closed minded ridicule or prejudice...you see,
But a world that respects another’s dream
Of what or who they wish to be.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Care to join me?… 🙂

“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, so live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown) on the path least traveled…

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I have been ask a number of times what I thought about friends and friendship… I have shared this a few times in the past but perhaps with today’s challenges and conflicts, it would be a good time to share again…  🙂

 

 

 Perhaps Adam Clarke said it best… 🙂
  
 "Portrait of a Friend"
 
 I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, or fears. 
 But I can listen to you, and together we will search for answers.
 I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain, nor the future with its untold stories.
 But I can be there now when you need me to care.
  
 I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
 I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.
 Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
 Yet I can share in your laughter.
 
 Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
 I can only support you, encourage you,
 and help you when you ask.
 
 I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
 from your values, from me.
 I can only think of you, talk to you and wait for you.
 
 I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
 But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
 room to be yourself.
 
 I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
 But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
 and put them back in place.
 
 I can't tell you who you are or who you will be
 I can only love you and be your friend
                                       (Adam Clarke)
  
   

Hello Diary,

Yes, in today’s world it may seem difficult to find a friend, especially if one should find oneself in a strange place.. but know that true and dear friends always  live in one’s heart and  are there wherever one ventures… home is where the heart (filled with memories) is and one can always return home whenever one wishes.. 🙂

 

 

“While you’re busy looking for the perfect person, you’ll probably miss the imperfect person who could make you perfectly happy” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” (Leo Buscaglia)… 🙂

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” (Helen Keller).. 🙂

“Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow, don’t walk behind me I may not lead, walk beside me just be my friend” (Albert Camus)… 🙂

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” (Maya Angelou)… 🙂

 

 Not just another  day, dear friend
 For in spite of time, distance or whatever,
 If only in spirit and thought
 We’ll be sharing today together.
  
 A day filled with hope and dreams
 With a mind that is at peace,
 Surrounded by love and happiness
 That sooths the spirit, to say the least.
  
 The warm sun reminds me of you, my friend
 Whose beauty from within you do share,
 Sharing sunshine, understanding and laughter
 Sowing the seeds of  love and happiness in the air.
  
 A special day and one to treasure
 And not because of the calendar age, 
 Because the book  of memories and thoughts
 Will be adding another page!
  
 So, have a wonderful day, dear friend
 Wishing you all the best, nothing less,
 May today, every day, AND your heart
 Be filled…...with love and happiness.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
  
   

And with sharing a few thoughts about friends and friendship, I shall close for now…there is a world and a universe out there filled with adventures waiting for me.. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

 

Until we meet again, my friend… 🙂

“When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” (Mother Angelica) on the path least traveled…

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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)… 🙂

 

Me, South Vietnam 1965-1966..

 

 We were volunteers, one and all
 So Noble.. Proud.. and Brave,
 Did not know the reasons for  war
 Just a people from tyranny to save!
  
 Glasses held high, we made an toast
 Surely that Victory would rule the day!
 While back at home, the voices of unrest
 Not a kind word for  us did they say.
  
 Some could not vote, children were we
 Some could not drink, but still our battle cry,
 Even with all that we could not do
 For us children, it was to do or die!
  
 Vietnam was a hostile, violent land
 The dangers, the horrors of war abound,
 Whether the paddies of Vietnam or the fields of home,
 Seemed for us, not a friend could be found.
  
 But we proudly  gave it our all
 Faced  our destiny, with a hint of fear of tomorrow
 Some, to return to a mother’s joy
 Some, to return to a mother’s sorrow.
  
 So should you be looking on today
 One more toast,  hold your glasses high,
 To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure
 CHEERS, LASSIES AND LADS!!!.. And SEMPER FI
                          ( Sgt, Larry “Dutch” Woller, 12th Marine Regiment, Vietnam, 1965–1966...)
  
   
Hello Diary, Yes, I witnessed first hand conflict ( I am setting on the ground)…

And know that all conflict does is create more conflict, sows the needless seeds of bitterness, hate, anger, pain and suffering… those photos of me were taking in 1966 in South Vietnam, and here today (55 years later), I browsed the news and see more bombing and conflict… will they ever learn???… 🙂

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ( Mahatma Gandhi)… 🙂

 

 

 

 I set here looking at the news
 The powers wanted peace they say,
 And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
 20 children died that day!
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give PEACE a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die 
  
 Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
 Arms deals for defense would come into play,
 A bomb went off in a crowded market
 10 children died that day.
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give a world with LOVE a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die 
  
  A war to end all wars, they said
 Yet to war they always return,
 Death, destruction, suffering and pain
 Won’t they every learn?
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Let’s give UNDERSTANDING a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die. 
  
  Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
 Seeds sown by war at home and away,
 Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
 More and more children die every day.
  
 What’s wrong with this idea?
 Why not give PEACE, LOVE and UNDERSTANDING a try,
 Let’s give it a go, everyone
 Maybe no more children will die.
 ( Larry “Dutch” Woller) 
  
   
Yes, since man has stood upright, they have tried clubs, spears, arrows, bullets, missiles, bombs and haven’t accomplished peace yet, perhaps they should try love… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now… venture down the path sharing some love, smile and perhaps be a rainbow in someone’s cloud…“For beautiful eyes look for the good in others, for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness, and for poise walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” (Audrey Hepburn)… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…  🙂

 

No conflict here on the path, we ride the peace train…. All aboard!!.. 🙂

“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” (John F. Kennedy) on the path least traveled…

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

 

 I watched that heavy door begin to close,
 all the while the winds above me rose.
 The years whisper and whistle back into my ear,
 the memories haunted by sorrows and fear.
  
 With a new day it finally dawned on me,
 the past needed locking and I had the key.
 Leave it behind, leap and fly away free,
 let the winds of change blow and carry me.
  
 Feel them lifting my wings now able to soar,
 up to an open sky and caged no more.
 Flying so fast to where no hurt can find,
 a place of peace now inhabits my mind.
  
 This heart full of courage never ceases to beat,
 knowing my history is not destined to repeat.
 Clear paths now lead me to a new destination,
 for my life, my future and the next generation.
                                   (Kelly Deschler )
  
   
Yes, there are elements of world’s societies that may and/or will not be accepting of changes I make or have made to live life, to be me, but as Bon Jovi says “it is my life” “When someone tells you “you’ve changed”, it might be because you have stopped living your life their way”.. (John Pence)… 🙂

Hello Diary,

 

Thought I would share some thoughts about change and wealth… the idea came after visiting the CNN news page.. They had posted the question; “When the pandemic is over, will your spending change? Share your thoughts” ( CNN)…. I gave it some thought and gave them my reply;

“Change is constant and ongoing… all creatures, great and small, face changes every day… in 2020 the weather, climate, pandemic, election has influenced that change and I believe the “normal” that everyone refers to no longer exists, has become a part of history… therefore, on a daily basis I make minor adjustments (changes) to hopefully prepare for the “new normal”, if in fact there will ever be a “normal”…. 🙂

One of those adjustments is determining what I need to have for a healthy, quality life and that determines my spending habits… my spending will be determined by what challenges and changes life puts in front of me, so, like life, my spending, along with everything else,  will be constantly changing… if I do not change/adjust, there is not doubt in my mind that I will go the way of the dinosaur… “  (Larry “Dutch” Woller)….  🙂

 

In the past, I have mentioned a number of things I have done for change… as far as wealth and spending, well, I am wealthier by far and spend for what I need and nothing more, for happiness does not come from wealth… 🙂 (photo taken last summer)… 🙂

 

 I’m far richer than the rich
 Wealthier than the wealthy by far,
 I have gold in the sun
 I have silver in the star.
  
 I have dreams that I follow
 That are more precious than gold,
 As I venture through life
 Eagerly watching, the dreams unfold.
  
 I have diamonds, too many to count
 With each new fallen snow,
 As I see each one sparkle
 While basking in the suns glow.
  
 The mornings bring nature’s painting
 Priceless, a portrait of the sky,
 Impossible to duplicate
 Even though many did try.
  
  Each bloom of the red rose
 A ruby, one of a kind,
 With the bloom of the white rose
 A pearl comes to mind.
  
 Money have I little
 But wealth I have got,
 But  I don’t fit in with
 The wealthy and rich lot.
  
 But I’m not going to change
 A wealthy dreamer I’ll stay,
 Until  the rivers, they all run dry
 Until  the four winds, they all blow away.
                        (Larry “Dutch” Woller )
  
   

Yes, a wealth that cannot be touched or spent, but felt with the heart, in a world for… 🙂

 

 

Lovers…. 🙂

Dreamers.. 🙂

And me… 🙂

And it is a wonderful world indeed…. 🙂

And I shall close for now, venture out into that wonderful world filled with new adventures and wonders to behold… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

 

And, until we meet again, whatever life path or trail you choose… 🙂

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” (Douglas H. Everett) on the path least traveled….

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In spite of life’s challenges and those who will say you cannot do it , “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett ) for Life Is Now….

 

 Time flies, and memories fade.
 People change and new friendships are made.
 Only the true remain forever at our side.
 Eventually the disappointment and pain will subside.
  
 It is all about the journey and what has yet to come.
 Life is what you make of it; you are what you've become.
 Life is too short to hold onto regrets.
 Forgiveness is key even though you may never forget.
  
 Cherish the good and remove the bad.
 Some people don't realize till it's gone what they've had.
 Moving on is a way of life.
 There will always be obstacles, pain, and strife.
  
 You must believe that you are strong enough to fight.
 You have to believe in yourself to do what is right.
 Always do for YOU no matter what you do,
 Because in the end the only one who has your back is you.
  
 Never be afraid to take a stand,
 And always be willing to lend a helping hand.
 A little bit goes a long way.
 All it takes is a smile to brighten someone's day.
  
 Your chance to live is now, so what are you waiting for?
 The world is yours for the taking and so much more.
 Endless possibilities are forever at your disposal.
 The chance to live another day is life's golden proposal.
  
 Never let anyone tear you down,
 And never let anyone steal your shine and make you frown.
 So will you sit in the shadows and let darkness win again?
 Or will you rise up and make the light your friend?
                                                        (Hollianne Boucher)
  
   
“So stick to the fight when your hardest hit, it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit” (Wade Watts) and this is our fight song… 🙂

Hello Diary,

Yes, one doesn’t quit in spite of life’s storms “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown), unfortunately for the Valentines Day holiday it were a snow storm…  🙂

 

But,  learned to dance (in the snow) and woke up this morning and words of Mark Twain filled my thoughts; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and  gain knowledge of yourself and the world”  (Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain), so I gathered what I needed to venture into the world, when the need and opportunity arises, all the while keeping in mind the safety and welfare of others so they too can follow their dreams… 🙂

 

Floppy flowerdy hat (check), walking stick (check), Banana Boat (check), face mask (check), camera (old phone, check)… 🙂 And what I needed to venture into the Cyberworld… 🙂

 

 And no matter what life and Fate has put in front of me, it is down the path of life I go… 🙂
  
 I awoke one morning, alone, in history’s past..
 Left with a heart full of memories, a decision to make,
 Confronted with two paths to my destiny..
 Heart and mind to decide which one to take.
  
 Take the one most traveled, the logical safe choice…
 The one chosen by the multitudes..the human race,
 Like sheep, following a path determined by another…
 No self identity, all bearing the same face.
  
 A most traveled path whose direction is chosen by a few
 The rest to follow, ever so blind,
 Their destiny not chosen by their own hand
 Their fate determined, by a closed mind.
  
 The other path less traveled, mysterious and unknown
 Where one can be different, like me I confess,
 Without fear of ridicule, bigotry  and hate
 A path filled with love... and happiness.
  
 A path less traveled where one can follow ones dreams
 An open mind to see what others do not,
 To live a life guided by one’s heart
 While the other path one cannot.
  
 Decision made, with eyes on the horizon
 It’s down the path least traveled I do venture,
 Excitement fills the air, a smile on the face
 Looking forward to a great adventure.
  
 My fate will be unknown, what lies ahead unsure
 I do not know…. what my destiny will be,
 But one thing will be certain, written in stone
 I shall venture down that path …..being “ME“.
           ( Larry “Dutch” Woller)
   
Yes, excitement fills the air and heart as here on the path it is a new age, a new year and a new dawn… 🙂

And as Jimmy Buffet would say “ I don’t look back too often for there is too much in front of me I wish to see” so I shall close for now, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

I have friends to visit, adventures to find, so the sails are set full, heart’s compass pointed to the horizon and so it is… 🙂

“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown) on the path least traveled…

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Hello Diary,

 

Valentine’s Day is suppose to be a day of love and happiness, so from the path least traveled, Happy Valentines Day wherever you are… 🙂

Hand picked for you (I ate the chocolate)… 🙂

 

 A bouquet of flowers from my garden,
 Their beauty need not be told,
 Their fragrance is soothing and lovely
 A pleasant scent for one to behold.
  
 They remind me of you, my friend
 Whose beauty from within you do share,
 Sharing sunshine, understanding and laughter
 Sowing the seeds of  love and happiness in the air.
  
 This bouquet was picked for you
 For coming into my world, my friend,
 For giving sunshine, laughter, love and happiness
 For which I know  will never end.
  
 Sharing a few thoughts about you, my friend
 Coming from the heart
 Thoughts that will never end
 Even though in life, we may part.
    ( Larry “Dutch” Woller )
   
And remember, my friend, no matter what anyone may say, you are unique, one of a kind, special and you make the world a better place and you will always be beautiful just the way you are… 🙂

And with my wishes that everyone have a wonderful and Happy Valentines day filled with love and happiness, I shall close for now..but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.. 🙂

 

 

 And until we meet again, on this day and every day.. 🙂
  
 May the love that you give
 Always return to you,
 That family and friends are many
 And always remain true,
 May your mind only know peace
 No suffering or strife,
 May your spirit only know love and happiness
 On your journey through life.
      (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
  
   
And no matter the challenge, we will see it through together, the way old friends do… 🙂

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” (Michel Angelo) on the path least traveled….

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I  do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” ,  no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life  🙂 ).. 🙂

“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”  (Louisa May Alcott )… 🙂

 

 

 CHOICE
 I'll be what I must be, in spite of me
 As life won't always give the things I choose
 And so I have to make what has to be
 Into the things my life and I can use.
  
 All roads don't lead to Rome, as it's been said,
 But some to Paris, and a little fun,
 So I will change the path where I would dread
 To go to where I choose, when I am done.
  
 I'll not be forced into a better scheme
 If I can't see the end result my way
 If it's not part of what my heart can dream
 It never will come to the light of day.
  
 All things can change, if I have any voice
 In what they are, and I will make the choice.
                                       (Vee Bdosa 2014)
   

Hello Diary,

In the past I have been sharing thoughts about how I help others, today I think I will share thoughts on how I help this ole planet, the third rock from the sun… I always feel that if everyone would give a little, then a few would not have to give a lot…so I look around my part of the universe to see what I can do… 🙂

First, after some careful research I decided to give up driving… with today’s technology and other options available, the need and expense to have a auto was not justified… and most importantly, I would be helping to reduce carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels… and I need the exercise… 🙂

Now, I do like a book but after careful consideration have opted for the using the Kindle.. I have near 2000 books over the years and with the Kindle I do not have to be concerned about storage and most importantly, no one has to cut down a tree for me to read, and I do love to read… 🙂

 

 

For travel I have the lightweight 7” Kindle Paperwhite…
And for here at home I have the 7” Kindle Fire, it is in color and has sound, etc… 🙂

I also have a 10” Kindle Fire as a backup and have all my books, etc. downloaded on the device.. in the past I have mentioned making small note pads.. for some of the paper I will shred… 🙂

And in the fall I will bury the shredded paper in the compost bin, covered by leaves.. 🙂

By next fall, the leaves and paper are gone, consumed by worms, etc… what leaves I do not put in the compost bin, I use as mulch on the footpaths in the yard.. I do not burn leaves so my neighbors will not have to deal with the smoke and I am not putting smoke in the atmosphere… 🙂

 

 

Now, I can also help with the environment in other ways… not only do I help, but it helps me keep active at relatively little cost… one simple method is I transcribe data using Zooniverse and dealing with the tides of the UK for climate.. 🙂

Another method is sending weather observations to the National Weather Service (have been doing this for 19 years).. 🙂

I also send observations to MetEd in the UK… 🙂

And, after doing some bird watching in my backyard, I send the observations to Cornell University so they can research how climate change affects birds, etc… 🙂

And, in a effort to stay active while dealing with the virus, weather, etc. there is Spanish school… 🙂

And the “gym” ( I am doing Tai Chi)… 🙂

HORRORS!, I am working too hard, perhaps I need to heed the advice of Baloo, the bear… 🙂

There are smaller things I do that can be done anywhere (watching energy usage, etc) and what I do is not necessarily for everyone, one will need to gaze upon their world to see what they can do…  but the point is there are things I can do here on the path to help deal with the environment, stay active and follow my dreams while dealing with the virus, weather, etc. and not have to make any major changes or expenses.. stopping driving perhaps the biggest… the rest, well I am doing it anyway so it doesn’t take much adjusting… 🙂

That being said, better close for now.. Life is calling and better see what it wants… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

 

 

 

 Until we meet again…
  
 May the love that you give
 Always return to you,
 That family and friends are many
 And always remain true,
 May your mind only know peace
 No suffering or strife,
 May your spirit only know love and happiness
 On your journey through life.
      (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
  
   

“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse” (Kilroy Oldster) on the path least traveled…

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I  do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” ,  no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life  🙂 ).. 🙂

 

 

 Different…..
  
 How are we so "different"?
 If "different" is just a thing.
 If we all have certain features,
 What does "different" bring?
  
 People filled with hatred,
 Can't possibly see,
 That there's not really "differences"
 Between you and me.
  
 Looks can't show "difference",
 If they're just there to be seen.
 If you don't look like someone else,
 Why are they so mean?
  
 If being "different" is what is wrong,
 I'd rather not be right.
 And I'd want to finish living,
 Doing the "different" fight.
                              (Vincent Tabatha)
  
   

Hello Diary,

And  while on the subject of freedom… 🙂

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” (Steve Jobs )…  🙂

 

 

 In history’s past on the path I had a dream
 Of the world in harmony it did seem,
 Accepting one as who they believe and are
 One’s life’s choices, no one did bar.
  
 Free, to climb a mountain, to touch a star
 Free, to search the universe, where answers are,
 Free to venture through life, with open eyes and mind
 Another creature’s belief,  will not blind.
  
 Free to boldly walk the lands, both far and near
 All the while following ones dreams, without fear,
 Not to be accepted by social ideology, you see
 But the love, kindness, knowledge within, of a spirit born free. 
  
 Free to live life as one chooses
 Follow a dream, the heart would say,
 Free to walk ones own path of life
 Filled with adventures along the way.
  
 Free, for ones humanity to embrace
 Not being labeled by belief, gender or race,
 Free, for one’s dignity not to be denied
 Though there’s many a mortal, who has tried.
  
 Here on the path it’s not a dream, but a reality
 To follow ones dream, with a open heart, you see,
 Free to love another without fear, as it should be
 For here on the path, one is born free.
           (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
  
   

So will close for now… will venture down the path looking for that elusive rainbow, all the while being me.. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

And in closing, hope life is all that you wish for it to be while  being YOU, and…

 

 

 

 May the love that you give
 Always return to you,
 That family and friends are many
 And always remain true,
 May your mind only know peace
 No suffering or strife,
 May your spirit only know love and happiness
 On your journey through life.
      (Larry “Dutch” Woller)
  
   
Until we meet again… 🙂