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Two other blogs to follow

For those who know – or have heard about (endlessly in some cases) – my son Eric, the Trail has taken him to Austin, Texas where he will serve this year as a Young Adult Volunteer. He blogs at Explorations and Experiences of Eric. His works with Front Steps at the ARCH – a daytime resource center and overnight shelter for people who are homeless. In that role, he will blog at Front Steps at the ARCH. Check him out.

See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers, Honolulu Zoo

Honolulu Zoo
29 October 2006

No time machine here,
simply found the time to sort
through folders where additional pictures
were discovered.

While visiting Eric,
during the days he attended
Hawai’i Pacific University,
when he went to class,
I took the opportunity to visit the zoo.

See you along the Trail

 

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Rainbow over Oahu

Unexpected vistas appear,
unforeseen opportunities arise,
surprises occur,
grace abounds.
For a number of minutes,
I chased this rainbow 
along the H1 on Oahu.
“Dad, there is a reason
the University of Hawai’i 
calls their teams 
the Rainbow Warriors,”
Eric patiently explained.
30 October 2006
Honolulu, Hawai’i  

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Helping each other persevere

Sometimes others help us meet the challenges our journeys pose.

To reach the top of Diamond Head, one must climb this staircase.

When I visited Eric, during one of the years he attended Hawai’i Pacific, he insisted that he accompany me when I went to visit Diamond Head. At the top, I realized why. Had I gone alone, I would have turned back – on more than one occasion – including the moment I looked up these steps. But with Eric along, and feeling my responsibility for his experience, I persevered.

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28 October 2006
Diamond Head State Monument
Honolulu, Hawai’i

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August 2011 movie marathon

Eric and I went to the local Blockbusters early in the week. Amazingly enough, it was still open. We picked up a number of used videos.

We had some challenges – the DVD player downstairs in Cleveland Heights is definitely deceased – it is not pining for fjords or anywhere else – it is definitely an ex-DVD player.

We started trying to watch The King’s Speech. It skipped and finally froze about 40 minutes into the movie. Then we tried Pirates of the Caribbean 2. It too skipped. Shortly after we decided that we now had two DVDs to return, Eric remembered that the problem was most likely with the player. Tricia came downstairs shortly after that and, in response to our whining, said, “Yes, it has been broken for some time. I never use it.”

Eric then brought down his DVD player – which he will take to Bowling Green and the marathon began in earnest.

We doubled back to The King’s Speech  and Pirates 2. True Grit (Coen brothers version) started yesterday, followed by Stalag 17 with The A-Team next in line. Today began with The Visitor. A break followed during which I listened to a rather pathetic effort by the Steelers – they lost their first preseason game – and the score could have been worse. Harry Potter 6  is now being viewed.

An interesting mix of classics, newbies, and fluff along with some incredible performances.

Tomorrow I head to Louisville and will need to take some with me to watch while I hang out at the Shire near the Ohio.

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An era ends

Friends once commented that I have some amazing pictures of sunrises at Ghost Ranch. I had to correct them.

I have no amazing pictures of Ghost Ranch sunrises – no drab pictures of Ghost Ranch sunrises – I simply have no pictures of any sort of Ghost Ranch sunrises.

I do have a number of pictures of sunsets at Ghost Ranch including this one from the summer of 2008 – some folks may think some of them are nice pictures.

I post this picture today because Eric is on his way home from the ranch. He has completed his fourth year on the College Staff. He and friends drove to Tulsa yesterday; he flies to Cleveland tomorrow.

The summers at the ranch have been times of great joy and a good, good learning experience for him. I was able to get to see him three of the years he was there – actually I was able to be there for two weeks during two of those summers.

However, since he is scheduled to graduate in December, this will be his last summer – at least as a member of the college staff. And that brings some tugging at my heart strings. I am sure I will be back to the ranch – it seems likely that Eric will be back to the ranch – there are possibilities that we may be there together sometime.

But . . . an era has ended . . . life, as life always does, moves on. And as the sun sets on this part of life, I dab a tear, give thanks for what was, cherish the memories, and look forward to what the next sunrise brings (even though it will be well into the sky before this night owl sees it).

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Sunset on Waikiki

These are old ones. I took them when I visited Eric during his time at Hawai’i Pacific University. He lived just a few blocks from the beach. I am not much of a beach person, but it was a glorious evening. I might be able to get used to it.

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