“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” (Abraham Lincoln) 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… 🙂

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( “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 🙂 )..

“Red sky in the morning, sailors warning…red skies at night, sailors delight”…

red sky

Yes, not only health, environment and social storms, but Mother Nature decided to enter the mix also… fortunately no severe storms here on the path.. 🙂
Here on the path we do not raise the “white flag”, the storms do not stop us from living life, sharing thoughts and dreams with others, etc…. stayed out of the darkness but in the light, had a cup of tea, danced in the rain and ventured into the universe..

me and tea

“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)

Hello Diary…

Here in the world of the path we are able deal with the storms because even though we are different, instead of closed minded ideology, we share the same world being who we are…

Just a few residents on the path… 🙂

birds feeding

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Attilia

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I live in a not so secret garden
Along the path least traveled,
Quite unlike the other world
A world that has become unraveled.

A garden of peace and harmony
Being different does not matter here,
All creatures, big and small, living together
Unlike the other world, they do not live in fear.

Together we live the hand that Fate has dealt us
Not sure, or dwell, on our final destiny,
But live to enjoy the moment, the hour, the day
That is what life is about, don’t you see.

So into the not so secret garden I will venture
Along the path least traveled,
To find love, understanding, to follow one’s dreams
Unlike the other world unraveled.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller )

And while we are living life’s adventures, we don’t turn a blind eye to others that could use some help so they can follow their dream also, especially the children…

childrens home

And all the while doing so in harmony… 🙂

Well, I had better close for now… more adventures waiting for me and possibly a few storms later.. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

“I never say goodbye because goodbye sounds too much like forever and forever makes me cry”…. (Larry “Dutch” Woller )

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” (Maya Angelou) 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… 🙂

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A peaceful Sunday Morning, watching the sun arise
Thoughts abound, while sipping on a spot of tea,
While taking in Nature’s outdoor portrait
Contemplating, on what Fate may have instore for me.

Change is slowly coming, it whispers in the winds
The door is slowly closing on past history,
With a new awakening with the mind and spirit
But the future is still shrouded in mystery.

With the freedom of being different, in many ways
No social shackles do this mortal wear,
Do welcome change with open mind and spirit
No fear, no worry or dread do I bear.

Does change stop at mortal death, one wonders
Or does it go on forever and ever,
Will I ask the same at another time and place
Somewhere past the 12th of Never?

Will thought and spirit continue
When, as in all things, time comes to an end,
Or does all things cease to be when
To the grave, the mortal body Fate does send.

Alas, but must deal with the present, this Sunday
So for now will store thoughts and musings yet to be told,
For it’s down the path least traveled I do venture
To search and hopefully find….what life, and Fate, may behold.

( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary…

Yes, having a relaxing Sunday, nothing planned..sitting here with a spot of tea thinking about life’s challenges and the upheaval caused…perhaps a brief small change in attitude would help lighten the mood somewhat “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming; “Wow! What a ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson)… 🙂

I looked on the calendar and saw just the attitude mood changer needed here on the path… it is a celebration on Tuesday called Cinco De Mayo and I can do it here at home… Sooooooooooo, to prepare I need to get my necklace…

cinco de mayo

Then I need to get the sombrero out of storage….

somberero

Of course, I need a bottle of wine (white)…

white wine

And I am at the ready… 🙂

me somberero

I shall refrain from speaking Spanish as I know just enough to get me in trouble if I am not careful… 🙂

That being said, one should enjoy those changes in attitude, right Jimmy??… 🙂

Alas, I must close for now, Diary…before I can celebrate I need to do the laundry, run the sweeper, do the mowing and take the garbage out…so it is Adios for now, but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

No matter the challenge or chaos, love will always find a way “You don’t love the person you can live with, you love the person you cannot live without” (Author Unknown)…..

“ I am currently attending the School of Life, learning more about the universe and me… and Graduation Day will be the day of my funeral and it is then I will know if I failed or I succeeded and graduated”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller) 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… 🙂

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“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)

World Children

Through the eyes of a child….

I woke up this morning in a rush
Eagerly to start the day,
Hopefully to learn about the world
Maybe even have time to play.

I have many, many friends
Each one somewhat different than me,
But none of us mind at all
We believe it were meant to be.

Decided to check in with my friends
Before Mom gave the breakfast call,
So with anxious hands I started my little tablet
Were going to say hello to one and all.

My smile and joy were soon gone
As sadness did take its place,
My vision become blurry
A tear, ventured down my face.

I read a text in my inbox
With conflict, some of my friends did die,
With trembling lips I looked to the horizon
With heavy heart asked the question “WHY?”.

Just children wanting to live their dream,
Why is that so very wrong,
Their dream were taken away
So someone could prove their strong.

You know, my heart will mend
For their memory lives in my heart,
And together we will play again
Not even distance will keep us apart.

One day us children will meet again,
And in harmony we will play,
Together we will follow our dreams
For forever and a day.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Hello Diary,

Thursday the 19th were the first day of spring.. However, apparently Ole Man Winter did not look at the calendar because the following Sunday morning, the 22nd, looked like this..

sun morn snow

There were a multitude of birds out and about, braving the elements while singing their chorus, but saw two sparrows who decided to get out of the weather…

sparrows hiding

Their parents didn’t raise dummies… 🙂 spring is in the air though, and so is love…

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, )

Whether it is a special love, or a friend, love is the bond… “Love knows no bounds or time, love is the spirit of the heart, love is the life support of hope, love is the force behind compassion, love is the foundation for true friendships, relationships”…. (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Well, I had better close for now… dreams, adventure and maybe some stormy weather on the horizon.. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

When Is The Right Time, One Would Ask….

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 go to war,
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 ).

“As my world is in a constant state of change, tomorrow my world will change, my future world will still be a mystery and today’s world will become history and a memory…” (Larry “Dutch” Woller) n 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… 🙂

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It’s a Saturday morning, start of a leisurely weekend planned, taking a moment to browse the memories.. 🙂

As I gaze upon the horizon
Where my Fate waits for me,
My mind gently browses the past
That which has become a memory.

I grew up on a farm
Ohhhhh, the dreams had I,
To save the world from the evil dragons
Once, as a ole Marine, I did try.

I once loved and and lost
Suffered a broken heart, they say,
But now the heart has mended
As love managed to find a way.

With my hands I helped build a nation
Now the back is tired and sore,
But no white flag of surrender here
With a heart of dreams to do much more.

There were those by whom I were scorned
As I ventured down life’s highway,
They ridiculed and condemed
As I lived and love life my way.

Of the life I lived, I have no regrets
Would not change a thing, I must confess,
And I will continue to be me
As I venture down the path of happiness.

As my mortal clock starts to wind down
One wonders, is there another life for me,
Sadly, I must close, and seek out Fate
For Fate has the answer, Fate is the key.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Yes, those were the days…

Hello Diary,

Well, with this virus thingy creating issues, they are wanting people to stay home… I have decided that I am not going to stay at home.. I can travel, visit friends, see new and beautiful places and not be a menace to anyone.. How can I do that one would ask?… Wait for it………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. I have technology……..

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………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. I have friends all over the world….

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That being said, I can travel the world and never leave the house… clever, eh?… 🙂 🙂

Sooooooooo, virus or no virus it is on down the path I shall venture… 🙂

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 other 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!
( Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Yes, it is time to bring the ramblings to an end…..venture down the path to new adventures and create new memories… but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise….

So with sails set full
Safe harbor I shall leave
And on down the path I do venture
A spirit, and heart…born free,
To seek out the rainbow connection
Where my destiny, lies waiting for me.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Care to join me, Diary, and make it two for the road?… 🙂

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do…” (Pope John XXIII ) 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… 🙂

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Neither rain, sleet, snow, gloom of night nor conoavirous (I do not have the disease at this time 🙂 ) will get between me and happiness because “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” (Kevyn Aucoin)… 🙂

Happiness is to have loved
Than have not loved at all,
To share love with another
To always heed one’s heart call.

Happiness is to follow one’s dream
To be who one wishes to be,
To live one’s own life one’s own way
Not live the life of another, you see.

Happiness is always waking up on
The green side of the grass,
Even though the day may be stormy
Knowing it too shall pass.

Happiness is knowing another
A understanding, caring friend,
Someone to share life’s memories with
A friendship to never end.

Happiness is to pen thoughts
Let the fingers do the walking,
Thoughtful words that come  from within
Because the heart does the talking.

Happiness is knowing when to end a poem
For it is down life’s highway I need to venture,
To gather more memories and thoughts to share
As I live, and enjoy, tomorrow’s new adventure.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

Hello Diary,

Yes, it is a calm Sunday morning after some snow yesterday….

Sat morning sunrise

Ole Man Winter is still in town but we are happy anyway because we have tea, fine reading and music… “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato)… 🙂

Here on the path we also have some thoughts that rhyme… 🙂

A quiet Sunday morning to wake up to
Sitting, gazing out, with a spot of tea,
Contemplating today and my tomorrows
Wondering, what will the future might be.

A quiet Sunday morning, life is calling
Beckoning on the path, its mysteries many unfold,
Each to explore and treasure
One day to become a memory to behold.

A quiet Sunday morning, birds chirping
Another day to learn and explore about me.
It is my life.. only I can live it
So will do it my way.. don’t you see.

A quiet Sunday morning, of me being different
Reminding me of words from a song,
Where do I fit in, one would ask
One wonders, where do I belong.

A quiet Sunday morning, here on the path
At the end… on the horizon… lies my rainbow,
It is there my answers lie… the truth is known
Until then, only Fate and destiny will know.

Yes, a quiet Sunday morning, spirit, body and mind at the ready
To seek that rainbow… perhaps around the next bend,
Once found, I’ll have my answers, destiny known
And that will be the beginning, not the end.
 
                           (Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Sooooooooooo, I’ll better close for now and seek out that rainbow…. 🙂

But I shall return again one day, fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… so I will join my friends…

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And it is on the path I shall venture… 🙂

It is International Woman’s Day every day 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… 🙂

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“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” (Audrey Hepburn)…

Thoughts Of You, My Friend The Lady….

The garden roses are red
The backyard violets are blue,
Brightness, delicacy, and warmth to behold
That starts me to think of you!

Your beauty, inside and out
That brightens the darkest skies,
Can feel the glowing warmth
Of your lovely, soft, eyes!

Your lovely soft hands
Used with passionate gentleness
Delicate nimble fingers
With a touch of tenderness

And there are your thoughts
That I cherish and treasure,
That I value so highly
They are beyond measure!

One who ventures ever forward
Facing life without dread or fear,
Yet not letting go of the precious past
Holding on to all that is dear,

A few thoughts of you, my friend the lady
Coming from the heart
Thoughts that will never end
Even though in life, we may part.
(penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller, )

Hello Diary,

Yes, today is International Women’s Day and it should be every day.. They are as intelligent and courageous as any other creature “I am free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” (Theodore Roosevelt) and anyone that uses gender to judge another is either jealous or scared… 🙂

I have had many friends over history’s past and one of them was June E.C. Farley Clark (she passed away a few years ago near 90 years young).. She lived in Skendleby, England..

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She occasionally wrote for the newspaper and wrote poetry under the name Chris Clark, she was a distant cousin to Elizabeth Barrett Browning.. in this photo she was given an award in poetry (she is sitting in the center)…

June

We never physically met, but thanks to technology we shared thoughts, poetry, etc for nearly 10 years… on this day I thought I would share one of her poems she shared with me…

Borrowing…..

I came, Lord, many-gifted;
I brought my gifts in my arms;
I laid my gifts at the feet of a man,
and knelt, like a beggar, with tears.
The man was silent.
He saw my gifts;
despising the giver
he opened them all,
and laid them by.

First there was beauty,
For I had my share,
and I’d wrapped it with slenderness,
offering it there.
Be-ribboned with laughter,
and tinselled with grace,
it was a fair offering
in any case!

Then there was wit,
Which I’d valued more;
Bright ropes of intelligence
prisoned that store.
Words, sparkling with humour,
Dimpling with charm,
all softened with tenderness,
to work him no harm.

Finally, youth,
Days, months and years;
light-footed with fantasy,
untouched by grey fears.
Song-circled, life-burgeoning,
I gave him all;
Sweet years of green-ness
brought at his call.

The man took them, my gifts;
A little sad.
But he didn’t realise –
I wish he had! –
That I gave them very willingly;
Sorry for my guilt
that the one gift I ought to bring
had long before been spilt!
(copyright June “Chris Clark” Farley )

Well, I better close for now… the sun is up and have dreams to follow and adventures waiting for me.. will enjoy the day because it won’t come again.. but I will return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

And for all you ladies in the universe all I can say is “you go, girl!”.. 🙂

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” (Louisa May Alcott) on theh 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… 🙂

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I Believe I’d Like To Be Different Instead…

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.

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.

(Penned by Larry “Dutch” Woller )

Hello Diary,

Hey, Diary, guess what I have been doing…. “When one suddenly finds oneself in a swamp up to one’s armpits in alligators, it is difficult to remember the objective was to drain the swamp”.. 🙂

me dusting...

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust!
(Rose Milligan)

Developed a sweet tooth for something different and didn’t have time to bake or cook so I took a break from dusting and gathered up some apple pie filling and two graham pie crusts….

apple cobbler

Crushed the pie crusts and mixed the ingredients together, and using recycled fruit cups, filled the cups with the mixture…gave it a touch of cinnamon..

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And Voila! Dutch’s Apple Cobbler ready for the microwave… 🙂

dutchs apple cobbler

Well, I had better close for now… busy, busy, busy… “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming; “Wow! What a ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson).. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise.. 🙂

Definitely will have to take time to get on board the ole train to spread some love and peace..“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ( Mother Teresa)

So come on Dairy, get on board… 🙂