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A Couple of Quotes You Can Live By

It’s taken a long time but I am learning later in life that how you react to people and situations comes back to you and no one else. I know that sounds simple, but being pissed off was a way of life for me for a long time. I can see now that blaming others for the stress that I felt was stress that I chose to experience.

Clear your mind and accept responsibility for your actions and circumstances and you will find yourself a much happier person.

I found the following quotes as I was meandering through the web and thought that I would share them. Peace to all of you!!!

“Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way your life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.”


“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

-Dan Millman




A Time of Change

Thoughts of fall, the colors melting as falling leaves spread the residue of change across the landscape.

Shrouded in a fine myopic mist, the land lays waste to a slow death.

Wanting to hold on to precious life, the false hope of the future lasts until time reaches out and quietly asks it to return to the earth.



A Country Pond


A country pond, sitting serene under a cool blue sky, waits and wonders.

The surface, ripples forming in protest as the cool October breeze works its way across the quickly changing landscape, trees bowing and swaying in almost silent objection of the coming winter.

Soon, the placid surface, cold and lifeless, will carry the weight of the razors edge, pushing off and gliding in ever widening circles as the flakes of winter slowly fall.


Weed Orchard & Winery

Fall is officially here in the Hudson Valley of New York! The leaves are turning, temperatures are cooler, a nice breeze is blowing and the sky is blue. What does that mean? Perfect apple picking weather.

We decided to head up to Weed Orchards & Winery, located in Marlboro, NY. An easy 50 minute drive from where I live in Mahopac, it offers everything that you would expect from an orchard. Even the car ride (mostly on highways) provided us with some pretty nice views of the landscape.

Pulling up to the Winery, we parked on a grassy hillside and walked a short distance to where you got the bag you would need to store the apples that you would pick.


After speaking with several friendly people, we headed towards the orchards. Although they offer many different types of apples, we just followed the many signs that sent us in the direction of where we needed to be.

Most of the apples that we picked were either green (the kind my daughter likes), or red, the type the rest of us will eat. We found that the closer to the main road you were ended up not offering as many choices as when you moved up the rows and further away from the crowds. These apples tended to be lower to the ground and didn’t require the extra effort needed when they were higher up in the trees.

One of the more interesting things about this orchard is that it does have things that will keep smaller children occupied. You can pick pumpkins, feed animals and just wander the many acres of dirt roads. If you look carefully at the first picture below, you can see the top of the wooden structure that is in the middle of the corn maze.

Before you leave, I would strongly suggest visiting the bakery, as they had many different types of cakes, cookies, pies, jams and soups that will satisfy just about every taste.


Here are some assorted photos from around the orchard:



After the fog has lifted, and after the skies have cleared,

the cool wind, in its infinite simplicity, sweeps in and pushes the pain away.

Floating on the breeze, memories weave in and out, each one maneuvering itself and

fighting for domininace in the dark void of an otherwise bottomless abyss.

Crawling, reaching, crying-each tear shed burns the eye, searing through the milky

lens that protects us from ourselves.

The inner sanctuary, compromised and corrupted, still holds the promise of an existence

worth living, despite a stream of consciousness that otherwise tries to silence us.




The Start of Autumn at the Nose

Since school started back up on August 30th, I haven’t had as much time to go hiking. It’s always a let down, especially since I could go hiking anytime and anywhere I wanted to during the summer months. Although I do ride a stationary bike on the days that I don’t get out, it isn’t quite the same! So, we had today off and I decided to go to…..Anthony’s Nose of course! It is still very early in the fall season so only small spots were beginning to change.


Fall starting to make an appearance.



Bear Mt. as seen from the Nose. As you can see, although some of the more Autumn colors are evident but not widespread.



As  the AT turns off onto a woods road, it runs parallel to Camp Smith, a US Army reserve training center. Here are two signs that kept appearing on that particular section of the trail. The “Danger” sign faces the military reservation and the orange “property of” sign is on the other side of the tree facing the trail.

As I have noted before, hiking to Anthony’s Nose is always special, no matter how many times you take to the trail to get to the top. The temperature today was in the low 60’s with no humidity and cloudy skies. It was perfect!!!

Don’t worry, when the Autumn colors are more crisp I’ll get back up there and get some outstanding photos!