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Shed That Skin

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.”


As an educator I get to mark the end of summer two different ways. First, I see the return to school. Second, the date finally arrives when it is really, truly over. Today, September 22nd is that day. As I noted in an earlier post, my goal this summer was to get out as many times as I could. Looking at things statistically, from 6/27-9/21 I went on 31 hikes that covered 181.22 miles averaging 5.85 miles per hike.

Overall I think that this summer was an excellent one. I was able to clear my mind and get some weight off of my shoulders. The hikes this summer only reinforced one thing-that getting out in the woods can truly be therapeutic. Each mile that I spent walking the trails, carefully meditating on every step that I took, helped me shed anger that had been building up since the end of June.

Feeling the cool breeze in the morning, watching the sunrise and looking over the Hudson Valley on my many different hikes allowed me to shed that proverbial snake skin.  According to the web site Wonderopolis, “snakes shed their skin to allow for further growth and to remove parasites that may have attached to their old skin.” I couldn’t have said it any better!

So what is the goal now? The goal is to keep moving forward…

Happy Hiking!!!

Renewal (3)

Rushing into the house just a few minutes ago after walking our elderly neighbors dogs, my daughter exclaimed, “Dad, quick, you have to get a picture of the sunset.” Walking to the front door, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the sunset that I saw before me. Most people think of sunrises as being a period of renewal, but after a morning of snow that turned to a drenching rain that lasted more than seven hours, the sunset today was amazing and a great way to end the day. To me, a period of renewal.





That time of year is here again, in just a couple of days,

When resolutions will define us, our  minds are set ablaze.

But why do wait we to change, to make new amends,

When we have the entire prior year, I guess it all depends.

Lose some weight, be a little nicer, these are things to strive for,

But why doesn’t it ever last, despite the steady roar.

So here we are, and in this time of renewal,

All I really ask for, is just a little time, to think and to refuel.

So I hope that when I wake up, in oh so many days,

I’m still on a steady course, to mend and change my ways.


Finding Your Place-Anthony’s Nose

Over the years, whenever I have had to think something through or have had a particularly bad day, I’ll head to Anthony’s Nose. The Nose has proven to be a special place for me because it gives me the chance to get away from everything and do what I need to do to get back on track. The soft earth under my feet, the wind blowing around me and the warmth of the sun has been incredibly therapeutic for me.

Although I have made my way to the Nose during every season of the year, the winter months are a special time to hike there. Even though it isn’t that warm and snow or ice may cover the trail, it offers many more views than the other seasons. After spending some time at the top, I know that I can head back to real life refreshed and ready to move on.

In good times and bad-I have found my place.



Finding Your Place

Path (Weekly Photo Challenge)

“Our path is sometimes rough and sometimes smooth; nonetheless, life is a constant journey… whatever we do is regarded as our journey, our path. That path consists of opening oneself to the road, opening oneself to the steps we are about to take.”

-Chogyam Trungpa



Lake Mahopac

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

-Wallace Stevens

My daughter and I just got back frrom taking our dog Jase for his extra long Christmas ride and took these pictures of Lake Mahopac. Although it is beautiful all year long, the winter season brings out something special. I have walked the 6 miles around this lake during every season of the year and enjoyed every mile. Enjoy the photographs!!!!







We Can Dream


Imagine a day

Where love passes as truth and

Serenity falls

From the sky like the golden 

Rays of the sun-We can dream…

The inspiration for this tanka came from a painting done by a friend at work. It hangs on her office wall and when I saw it today I knew that I had to write something!  I love the painting! It tells so many stories.