Sunday, January 13, 2013

Time For A Break

After nearly a month of below freezing temperatures, the other morning I woke up to the sound of melt water dripping from the roof.  The ice was melting, the snow was settling, and a dense fog rolled in to make travel challenging.

Old man winter was taking a break, regrouping for the next bit of excitement he planned to toss our way as slowly we wend our way toward spring.

This brief break in winter reminds me that not even nature charges ahead with all its fury all the time.  We can learn a lesson here—especially those of us who don’t know the importance of slowing down from time-to-time in our quest for whatever we are questing.

            We can learn from nature’s example—take a time-out to reconsider, regroup, reflect, or read a good book and relax—before jumping back on the relentless treadmill that defines so many of our lives these days.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Take time to watch the snow melt. Consider building a

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January 14, 5:00 p.m.  Whole Foods, 3313 University Ave.,  Madison. Excerpt from TV show, “A Farm Story,” and discussion.

January 17, 7:00 p.m. Fitchburg Library, Garden Wisdom

January 19, 3:00 p.m. (Writing Workshop) Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Amery, WI

January 19, 7:30 p.m. Northern Lakes Center for the Arts.  Presentation and Discussion: The Ames County Novel Series.


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