Light

December 31, 2017

BW photograph of Morgan Run looking upstream.

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To a certain mindset, 2017 was a pessimist’s dream.  Here’s looking to the light of what could be in 2018.

Happy New Year!

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Remnants Redux

December 27, 2017

BW photograph of the sun shining through trees.

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The angular intricacy of leafless trees provide a striking graphic when silhouetted against the low winter sun.

BW photograph of a fallen autumn leaf in water.

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The leaves themselves appear to be much more delicate and vulnerable-an effect that seems to be enhanced once they are on the ground.

Be sure to look up and down…

Take care.

Remnants

December 27, 2017

BW photograph of dried fall oak leaves piled in a stairwell.

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The Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, was December 21st.  Weather-wise, winter most definitely has arrived in many parts of the U.S.  We are also now closing in on the new year.

BW photograph of dried fall oak leaves piled in a stairwell.

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These photos, though, are a reminder of just a bit ago when it was Fall-the leaves turned and eventually came down.

BW photograph of dried fall leaves in an alley against a wall.

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Going back a bit further, these same leaves provided a respite from the summer sun.

A bit before that, they provided the green the signaled the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

As we close the circle, that time is now ahead of us.

Take care.

Grounded

December 8, 2017

BW photograph of several frosty leaves laying upon the ground.

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Symbolic Interactionism is the one of four main Sociological theories to which I most subscribe.  The words used, and, more importantly, the meanings given to those words, are often at the base of the manner by which Conflict Theory explains societal issues-a prime example of this is the concern over whether or not the Pope was going to specifically use “Rohingya” when talking with Myanmar officials during a recent visit.  Without words, societies would not be able to perform as described by Functionalism.  Finally,  the meanings of existing words, not to mention the development and inclusion of new words, indicate change as per Post-Modern Theory.

BW photograph of a bird's nest laying upon the ground.

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“Grounded” is the word for this day-here is the Oxford Living Dictionary definition.  The examples provided give a well-rounded view of its use.  Indeed, people most probably first encounter this word upon the violation of some parental dictate.  To those, I would like to add:  “A result of the effects of gravity”.

BW photograph of a nut case laying upon the gound.

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BW photograph of a nut laying upon the ground.

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Were it not for gravity, the objects included here would have either remained attached to their host tree, or, once detached, would have floated off into the atmosphere.  As gravity is such an elemental force, these objects ended up “grounded”.

Take care.

Choices

December 6, 2017

BW photograph of an Opinel knife.

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Simplicity…or

BW photograph of a Wenger Swiss Army Knife with the implements displayed.

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Versatility.

Both the Opinel and the Wenger Swiss Army Knife pictured above are classics in their own right.  I first learned of the Opinel when reading about mountain climbing expeditions decades ago.  My first contact with a Swiss Army Knife was when one was gifted to me in my early teens.

Which do you choose?

That question actually becomes much more difficult as there are multiple models of each.  In the case of Swiss Army Knives, one used to be able to choose between Wenger (the “Genuine Swiss Army Knife”) and Victorinox (the “Original Swiss Army Knife”).  While the brand of Swiss Army Knife has been cut to one (Victorinox), the wide range of choice remains.  With versatility also comes a bit of complexity.

Choose wisely.

Take care.

 

Coffee

December 1, 2017

 

BW photograph of a strongly-lit coffee cup.

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Yes, the availability of good coffee, preferably at an independently owned shop, is very much a key to the walkability of a place.

Coffee is an integral part of global history and culture, and therefore very much open to a sociological view.  One of the major sociological theories is Symbolic Interactionism, which essentially argues that societies attach meaning to words and concepts-and it is the interpretation of those meanings that is critical to understanding a given group.  With that in mind, this is an anecdote from a wander in Los Angeles:  Every now and then when walking, I order a decaf, sugar-free, skim milk, vanilla latte.  Given that it is somewhat frightening when I hear myself make that order, I usually just get regular decaf coffee.  However, on that particular occasion, I went with the latte.

In keeping with the attachment of meaning to words, having ordered the latte described above, the barista said “We call that a ‘why bother?'”.

Take care.