2. I enjoyed a hike along the river bed in Mission Trails park. Summer left this place dry and brown, but there’s still plenty of green in the trees. It’s still a peaceful getaway within a mile of my home.
3. The river in this part of the river bed is gone. In the spring I was jumping on rocks through flowing water. Now, it’s all dried up. And it was hot. So hot a little girl stood with her parents on the trail and cried and refused to take another step. Her mom poured water from a plastic bottle over the little one’s head and red face. Somehow this all made me wonder what the Indians did during the decades they lived here. Did they move upriver this time of year until they found water? Did they have some kind of water storage system? Now, we just pull out our bottles. We have life so easy in some ways, don’t we?
4. How would you define what success looks like for you? I came across an article that has this quote, and I love this take on success, paraphrased from author Wallace Wattles:
“I want to be financially successful . . . in order that I may surround myself with beautiful things, see distant lands with my kids, feed my mind, spend time with people I love and develop my intellect; in order that I may love others and do kind things, and be able to play a good part in helping the world to find truth.”
5. I read my first book by murder mystery author Louise Penny, Still Life. Set in a village in Quebec, the story drew me right in. The characters spring to life (well, all except the one with an arrow through her heart). So now I’m reading Penny’s recent book, The Way the Light Gets In. I highly recommend these!
How about you? How is your first week of fall going?
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