“Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both and the journey is yours and yours alone. No longer are you following another’s directions and your path and purpose will present themselves. “ (Riitta Klint) 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… 🙂

refugees

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night, not even a heat wave will detour the adventure… 🙂

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 )

“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,

It is a Saturday morning, the beginning of another “hot” day, possible storms tomorrow… thought I would share some thoughts before getting ready to do battle with the heat wave…and speaking of the weather, there were a few that had some inquiries about my weather observations so will share some technology with you (Wait, where is everyone going!.. 🙂 ).. 🙂

In April of the year of 2001, I met a member of the National Weather Service, Billy Ousley, and after a discussion and with a handshake, I agreed to become a volunteer observer for the weather service (C.O.O.P/S.W.O.P) and thus began my journey… the weather service furnished a rain gauge…

rain guage

The other 14 weather instruments (plus computers, materials, etc) are mine, purchased or made.. one is the hailboard/snowboard…

hailboard

The hailboard is a piece of polyurethane foam covered in cooking foil and the hail will leave a crater in the foil and I can measure, in the winter I use the board to measure snow… another is the evaporation pan (to simulate the evaporation of ground, lakes, etc)…

evap pan

Another is the Evapotranspiration gauge which simulates the evaporation of plants..

e.t.guage a

I also have an assortment of gauges to measure soil temperature and frost at different depths…

gauges

The data from these gauges must be taken outdoors… the one exception is this remote sensor..

sending unit

Which transmits data to these instruments…

weather instruments

Sooooooooo, since 2001, every morning ( the single exception being severe weather) between 4:00 and 4:30 AM I put my little recorder/player in the pouch with the little flashlight..

recorder player

Hang the pouch around my neck and venture outdoors to read the instruments… when that is accomplished, I return indoors, sit down and temporarily put the data in my little 7 inch tablet..

7 inch tablet

I will also use my little “boogie boards” (they remind me of a chalk board)…

boogie boards 1

And then, by typing, by 6:00 AM I will then enter the data on the weather service’s website “WXCODER”

wxcoder

I will then enter the data, by typing, in Publisher…

publisher

And by 6:00 AM that will be sent to the Significant Weather website in Lincoln, Illinois… and finally I will send the data to the MET Office weather service in the UK..

met offfice

Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 3PB
United Kingdom

And once that is accomplished , I will finish any recording needed, clear the instruments and prepare to repeat the process the next morning.. 🙂

Soooooooooo, by helping the weather services, perhaps it will help them help others… “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Goodness knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that. (E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web)

And speaking of the weather, I had better close and prepare for the afternoon heat..set some water out for the backyard friends….have the Kindle, cool beverages (adult and otherwise) at the ready for me… maybe write a poem or two…. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

“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).. but only if you want to… 🙂

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ( Mother Teresa) 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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While preparing for the weekend heat wave, were thinking about others in the world that could use a bit of support, showing that someone cares, they are not alone…if nothing more than a kind word giving them hope… “When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy the friend by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” (Author Unknown)..

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 I believe that if everyone would give a little, a few would not have to give a lots… we are all a unique and precious piece of the worlds puzzle and as one there is nothing we cannot accomplish…. for we are the world…

people of the world

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama

Hello Diary,

Yes, it is a Wednesday and the beginning of a major heat wave for the next few days;
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
328 AM CDT Wed Jul 17 2019

…DANGEROUS HEAT ARRIVES IN MIDWEST…
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THURSDAY TO 7 PM
CDT SUNDAY…
TEMPERATURE…Highs in the mid 90s daily, with heat index
reaching 105 to 110.

Have been busy preparing for the heat here and while getting myself ready, in the process have been helping others prepare also… purchased some extra food for my backyard friends and their friends… “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet

birdfood 1

And, while I am a monthly donor to the Foodbank, donated some extra for those who may need a hand… “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Helder Camara

foodbank

And I will be helping the National Weather Service, I am a volunteer Cooperative Observer (since 2001) and they, and others, use my observations for forecasts, watches, warnings etc… here is an example of what I send to them every morning at 6 AM…“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ Mark van Doren

Daily weather summary, Conkey Branch Watershed, for period 0600, 7-15-2019 to 0600, 7-16-2019.
(Note; All times Central Daylight Savings Time).
Precip-
Liquid;  0.01“ (periods of drizzle/light rain 1800-1900, 7-15-2019).
Snowfall;  0.0“.
On ground;  0“.
Temperature-
Hi;  85.2º @ 359, 7-15-2019.
Lo;  69.8º @ 0604, 7-15-2019.
At obs 0540, 7-16-2019 (6’ above ground);  73.4°.
At obs 0540, 7-16-2019 (ground level 1/2);  74.7/74.3°.
Soil Observations-
Soil Moisture 4” (bare soil);  “/ %.
Frost depth bare soil, gauge’s 1 (original) /2  (established 8-28-2014);  “.
Frost depth bare soil thawed,  gauge’s 1 (original) /2 (established 8-28-2014);    “.
At obs 12” soil bare (frost gauge 1/2);  77.4/72.1º.
At obs 36” soil bare, (frost gauge 1/2);  70.7/66.5º.
4” soil (bare)-
Max;  84.3º.
Min;  75.7º.
At obs;  76.1º.
4” soil (sod)-
Max;  78.8º.
Min;  76.6º.
At obs;  76.6º.
Dew Point-
Max;  72.2º @ 1310, 7-15-2019.  
Min:   64.0º @ 0604, 7-15-2019.  
Wind obs-
Avg; 8.6 mph.
Peak wind; S (  180º) @ non-tstm gust, 24.7 mph @ 1347, 7-15-2019.
Space Weather Earth (NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center) for 7-16-2019 at obs 0540 CST-
  Stratospheric ozone forecast this location (Dobson, Climate Prediction Center); 300 on 7-16-2019.
  Temperature (Ion/Kelvin); 4.93e+04 (-450.79F).
  Solar wind (kim/sec)/Density (proton particle/cc); 376.8/3.6.
  Geomagnetic Storm (watches/warnings); None.
  Solar Radiation Storm (watches/warnings); None.  
Ground level ozone (8 hour obs); 45 on 7-15-2019.
Carbon Particles Per Square Inch (8 hour obs); 29 on 7-15-2019.
UV index Observed (solar noon); 5 @ 1256, 7-15-2019 (temp  85.1°; wind  12.0 mph;  mostly cloudy w/haze).
Sunrise/Sunset 7-16-2019 (UNSO); 0536/2019.
Sunshine (hours obs); 8.5 (0600-1430, 7-15-2019).
Weather (previous calendar day); Partly to mostly cloudy w/haze AM, mostly cloudy w/haze Afternoon, cloudy PM.
Evaporation in hundredths of an inch, daily/monthly total (evap pan);  0.14/1.99“.
Evapotranspiration, daily/monthly total (ET gauge);  0.12/2.03“.
Growing degree Days (Daily/Total); 27.5/1580.5.
Provisional gage height, USGS Salt Fork Site 03336900 (near St. Joseph, Il.); 3.13 ft, Vermilion River Site 03339000 (near Danville, Il.); 3.21 ft @ 0445, 7-16-2019.
At 0540, 7-16-2019;   Cloudy, thin shallow fog/haze, light dew, wind S @ 6.1 mph, temp  73.4º, BP 29.94, RH 85%, DP 68.8°, WC °.

Hopefully by me (along with others) helping them, they can help someone else…“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” (Frederick Buechner ).. 🙂

Well, I had better close.. Have a bit more preparing to do before ready for the heat but ready we shall be and as the saying goes “this too shall pass”… 🙂 .. But I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

Until we meet again…

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!
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your way,
May songbirds serenade your
every step along the way,
May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.
May the dreams you hold dearest
Be those which come true
May the kindness you spread
Keep returning to you
(Irish Saying)

“Never be bullied into silence, never allow yourself to be made a victim, accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself”… (Robert Frost ) on the path least traveled…

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It is a Sunday.. when I ventured out to gather weather data, I gazed upon this thunderstorm in the distance (approximately 30 miles/48 Km)… the orange light in the cloud, lower right is a lightning flash…

t-stm

But, will not be deterred because “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” (Louisa May Alcott)… it is still a beautiful day with rainbows to chase with a dream in the heart.. 🙂

A Sunday Morning…

A 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 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 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, being me.. don’t you see.

A 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 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, it’s a 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 )

Hello Diary,

Yes, it is a Sunday and thus far a quiet Sunday (the storm earlier moved away), though possible storms later today… a short time ago, took this photo of what is called a Towering Cumulus, indicating a unstable atmosphere and the possible beginnings of a thunderstorm so preparing… “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown)

Royal-Penfield area

And as I contemplate the future, I realize that dealing with nature is a great deal like dealing with life… as I gaze about the world, there are manmade storms brewing…. how one deals with those storms, nature and manmade can determine ones destiny… “Anyone can achieve their fullest potential… who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one“. -Martin Heidegger

Also, while one pursues ones dreams, those social storms may cast a shadow on ones life, perhaps bringing about doubt, a challenge to be dealt with.. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― (Roy T. Bennett ).. much like the garden where growing tomatoes were attempted, starting with the seed (the dream)… 🙂

tomato sterts

Unfortunately, with natures storms and elements beyond my control at the time, tomatoes were not to be… 🙂

tomato stand

Like the dream, does that mean the end of the tomato, one would ask?.. The answer is “No”, for the seed ( the dream) still exists and with more knowledge, will come true…. “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ Mark van Doren

And like the world, in the gardens on the path there are many residents of different sizes, colors, beliefs, languages, etc, here are a few…

Attilia

people of the world

Unlike the world where elements of world’s society are closed minded and refuse to accept or recognize those that are different “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov)…
Here on the path one takes the time to learn about others that are different, not to deny… “Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all. It’s like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don’t have the box with the picture on it. So I don’t know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I’m not even sure if I have all the pieces.” (Sharon M. Draper )…

Yes, dealing with nature is s great deal like dealing with life and how one deals with both will determine what and who one becomes for “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

And with that, will close my Sunday ramblings and prepare for the future myself and whatever the future may bring…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

“Yes, it is a new day, I woke up on the green side of the grass to gaze upon its arrival, have a dream in my pocket and love in my heart, so it’s going to be a zip-a-dee-do-dah day… 🙂

(Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
(Zip-a-dee-ay)
(My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my)
(What a wonderful day)
(Plenty of sunshine)
(Headin’ my way)
(Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
(Zip-zip-a-dee-ay)

Hey, Mr. Bluebird (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
On my shoulder (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
And if that’s true (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
And actual (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
Everything is gonna be Satisfactual

(Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
(Zip-a-dee-ay)
(Wonderful feelin’)
(Wonderful day)

“It is not the size of the dog in a fight that matters, it is the size of the fight in the dog”.. (Mark Twain) on the path least traveled…

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It is a Wednesday and I browsed the news, so much hate, anger and ridicule… not so here on the path for love overcomes all and will not be denied… not only in deeds but words… 🙂

A Kipling I know I’m not, dear one
I know that from the start,
No eloquent words here, my love
Just words of love, from the heart.

Nothing cute or fancy,
No false charmers words are there here,
But words of love for you
From my heart, my very being, my dear.

Couldn’t find the words….search sprit and mind
Hoping those precious words would appear
Then came wonderful, precious moment
For there, in my heart they were, my dear…

Now that I have the words
What’s this ole country boy to do,
How will these arthritic hands, my love
Say those precious words to you.

It will have to be done right, you know
And I know I will find a way,
To say how much I Love You more
With every heartbeat, each and every day.

There will be no falsehoods or lies for you, dear one
No meaningless empty words, cute or clever,
For I would rather you love me for just one day
Than to hate this ole country boy forever.
( Larry”Dutch” Woller )

Listen to your heart, be yourself, who you are from within and pay no heed to others, for being you, as you are, you’re unforgettable… 🙂

Hello Diary,

Some storms on the horizon and not just the world society… 🙂 taking a few moments to share some thoughts, no hate, anger, fear or ridicule here, only love… flowers are about love and will share some from the gardens along with some thoughts I had penned in history’s past…

A garden bouquet for you, my love
Each bloom has been chosen in hopes to convey
Thoughts of happiness and joy
With my message of love this day.

Daylilies…“ Love is a beautiful journey, where every step is a destination and every moment an eternity” (Apoorve Duby)

water garden 1

With a red Carnation,
To show how my heart aches for you,
Posies of Forget-Me-Nots,
To show my love is true.

Honeysuckle..“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett )

honeysuckle

And fragrant Freesias,
Embracing trust we share
With Lilies of the Valley,
Returning happiness and care.

Peonies..“Just because you feel someone does not love you as much as they should, does not mean they don’t give you all the love they have”..

peonies

Daisies to show,
My love is loyal – undivided,
As the Phlox whispers softly,
Our spirits are united.

Rose..“You don’t love the person you can live with, you love the person you cannot live without”…

rose, heirloom climber

And I’ve added Primrose,
To remind you again
That I can’t live without you,
And with you I’ll remain.

Hibiscus..“True love doesn’t happen right away; it’s an ever-growing process. It develops after you’ve gone through many ups and downs, when you’ve suffered together, cried together, laughed together, loved together.” (Ricardo Montalban)

hibiscus

And all about this bouquet,
Are sprigs of Baby’s Breath, sown
So delicately displayed
With a message of their own.

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

white lily

So with this bouquet, my love
I shall eternally bestow
A heartfelt message of love,
Even these blooms seem to know.
(Larry “Dutch’ Woller)

“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….without love, life is barren and cold and has no meaning”…. (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“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)

Better close for now.. have some dreams to follow while dealing with life’s challenges…. but I shall return one day with my fingers doing the walking and my heart doing the talking, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

Ignore the fears in your mind, be yourself, follow the love in your heart with a dream in your pocket.. for if you could see yourself the way I do you would realize how wonderful you truly are… 🙂

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson ) on the path least traveled…

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There are times when I am following my dreams that the road can get a bit bumpy and filled with challenges, it is then I recall the words of Mr. Roosevelt.. 🙂

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, the man who at best knows achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – (Theodore Roosevelt )

And there is always hope “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)

Hello Diary,

It’s a quiet Sunday morning after a few days of heat, humidity and storms, some remnants of the weather left over…

sunday skies

Managed to emerge unscathed “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” (Author Unknown).. 🙂

And during those storms, while venturing down memory lane and contemplating the future, I came across a dream I had… 🙂 “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)

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, 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)

“Maybe I’m not so different from everyone else after all. It’s like somebody gave me a puzzle, but I don’t have the box with the picture on it. So I don’t know what the final thing is supposed to look like. I’m not even sure if I have all the pieces.” (Sharon M. Draper )

Alas, I must close the book on memory lane for now because “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter.” (Author Unknown) and Fate (and my answers) await on the horizon….

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So it is on down the path I must go… I cannot turn back the clock as “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ( Maria Robinson ) but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ( Maya Angelou )”

“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 )

“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.” (Jean de La Bruyere ) on the path least traveled…

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It is the 4th of July and as I quietly gaze upon the gardens..

water garden 1

I venture down memory lane thankful for living my life my way… 🙂

A time to contemplate the past
A time to give thanks…they say,
To relive treasured memories
Of each and every passing day.

Thanks for letting me feel love
Be it joy, or be it heartache,
To know someone’s love
A treasured feeling their love did make.

Thanks for letting me live life
To explore, to follow one’s dream,
To seek out and live every adventure
Not enough time in the day… it did seem.

Thanks for letting me meet friends
To share thoughts of love, hope..perhaps a tear,
And by going down the path together in friendship
Doing away with hate, anger….and fear.

Thanks for giving me the courage
To follow my own path…to be me,
To not follow someone else’s path
To live my own….. reality.

Thanks for giving me an open mind
As I venture down the path… allowing me,
To gaze upon life’s treasures, large and small
That many others do not see.

Thanks for giving me an open heart
Able to love, understand and forgive,
And when I grow too old to dream
A place where my memories will live.

Yes, I have much to be thankful for
And every day the list gets longer… you see,
As I venture down the path least traveled
Searching for what destiny… has waiting for me.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller 11-18-2018)

Ahhhhhhhhhh, those were the days…

Hello Diary,

Yes, it is the 4th of July but no fireworks, parades or parties here, just me and a bottle of wine..

me, wine, beret

Quietly reminiscing and browsing memories, and also contemplating the future….

I was not a king or president,
No powers did I hold,
I wasn’t a preacher or a pope,
No sermon for the fold.

So tell me , fate
You hold the key,
What is my destiny
Suppose to be?

I helped construct the IMPE building Champaign, Illinois during my years on construction..

IMPE building

Can no longer build cities
The back is tired and sore,
I was a soldier once
No longer have the heart for war.

Vietnam, 12th Marine Regiment 1965-1966..

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I’ve tilled the soil as a farmer
Fed the world is what they say,
But I see the faces of hunger
Still this very day.

This stalk of corn came from one of our fields, I am standing between my Dad and sister…

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I’ve donated time and money
Ask for nothing in return,
I see nothing has changed
Will they ever learn?

I am a sustaining donor to the Foodbank..

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I’ve tilled the fields and went to war
Built cities and bridges and much more,
Has my destiny run it’s course
Fate, is there any more?

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(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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

Well, I had better close for now…have quiet day of celebrating the freedom of living life.. …“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).. but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…. 🙂

Yes, I may have to make and small adjustment from time to time, but I follow my dreams with a open mind and led by the heart.. Diary, never let go of your dreams “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.” (Langston Hughes) and should doubt enter your mind remember “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)….

“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.” ( Michelangelo) 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 🙂 )

A holiday on the horizon, a celebration of freedom they say.. here on the path there is freedom and it is celebrated every day… 🙂 “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

A Spirit Born Free…

While dealing with the doldrums
That happen often in wintertime,
And while contemplating my tomorrows
Thought I’d pen some thoughts that rhyme.

Free.. as I venture through my life
With each step, all the while being me,
An open mind, a heart of dreams
A spirit, enjoying being free.

A spirit that views another
As another feels, wishes to be,
In a realm of acceptance
So another can enjoy being free.

Free…. to love another
No color, gender or race,
Only to know and feel happiness
No social walls to face.

Free… to live life as one chooses
Fallow a dream, the heart would say,
Free to walk ones own path of life
Filled with adventures along the way.

There are those who would color me different
Many to gaze upon me with dismay,
But unlike them, I’ve found happiness
Free….by choosing to live life my way.

(Larry “Dutch” Woller)

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ( Roy T. Bennett )

Hello Diary,

Yes, here in America the 4th of July holiday is approaching, a celebration of freedom, but are they really free, one asks?… “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” Francis Phillip Wernig

Here on the path there is freedom as one watches the morning begin….“Every morning your have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

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A freedom everyday and it’s…

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)

Free to learn about oneself and life, like Attila as she prepares to leave the nest for the first time..

attila

“Becoming free is learning about yourself; the scared and the insecure, the brilliant and the bold. Embrace both and the journey is yours and yours alone. No longer are you following another’s directions and your path and purpose will present themselves. Only then might you find another wandering soul doing the same thing, who can walk with you but on their own journey. All of a sudden you might find a shared passion and a wrinkled map on the trail that makes sense.” Riitta Klint

Of course there is Spidey, the spider, living life his way in spite of how he is perceived…“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realize how seldom they do”.. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

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Free to love another without fear or ridicule… “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….without love, life is barren and cold and has no meaning”…. (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

love plate

Or perhaps these young ladies… “You don’t love the person you can live with, you love the person you cannot live without”…

lesbian invatation

Perhaps a good friend… “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.”

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Free to make choices that may result in change.. “When someone tells you “you’ve changed”, it might be because you have stopped living your life their way”.. John Pence

Winds of Change…

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 3/26/2016)

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

Well, I had better close.. Use that freedom to follow my dreams, seek out adventure that may lie ahead around the next bend on the path…but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise… 🙂

Free to follow ones dreams, ones destiny
Being led by a open heart, you see
Free to love another without fear
To cherish and embrace those one holds dear,
Free to be who one wishes to be
For here on the path one is born free.
(Larry “Dutch” Woller)