Weekly Challenge: The Magic in the End

The end of the world isn’t some instantaneous, catastrophic event, abolishing all life in a blink.  No, it’s slow.  It’s a gradual, inexorable deterioration of everything you know and love all around you.  You can’t plan for it, you can’t avoid it, and you can’t stop it.  You think it would never happen to you, that life would always be the same, and like all other hardships in your life, you’d survive this one as well.

I did, too.

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Motion in the Trees

I’ve seen pictures from the Boardman tree farm before, and I immediately resolved to see it for myself.  When I heard it is to be chopped down and replaced with cow farms, I knew I needed to make this beautiful place a priority.

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I absolutely love autumn.  I love the colors and the smells, the feel of the cooler weather setting in for winter to cleanse us of the past year and blossom anew into spring.  This is the perfect time of year to visit a tree farm – when rows upon rows of erect bark stand in stark contrast against the fires of fall. Continue reading

Japan – Day 9: City Hopping

Day 9 was a transitionary day, marking the end of our time in Tokyo and the introduction of a new city.

With a train leaving earlier than the hotel’s restaurant would open, we instead ate our Cup Noodles made the other day, along with some snacks purchased at the convenience store the previous night.  It was a measly breakfast compared to the mackerel to which I had grown accustomed, but it served its purpose. Continue reading

A Taste of Japan: The Philosopher’s Walk

If you find yourself in Kyoto, set aside a morning for the Philosopher’s Walk.  Best un- (or lowly-) populated, early morning will afford you a quiet path upon which to calmly take in the song of the water and contemplate life’s mysteries.  The entire path is a little over a mile and is lined with shops, street vendors, restaurants, and temples.  Decorated with hundreds of sakura trees, this area is popular during cherry blossom season and is a great spot for fall color.

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Photo of the Week: Zombies!

Every year around this time, as Halloween looms on the horizon, the undead emerge in droves.  Around here, there are walks, pub crawls, 5k runs, and – of course – dancing.  I partook in the Thrill the World dance a few years ago, donning the torn garments, the pale makeup, and the fake blood (and even some real blood!).  I learned all of the moves and joined the masses around the world all dancing to Michael Jackson in sync.  Aaron passed on the dance but was happy to limp and moan his way with me down the city streets.

This year, I chose to simply shoot zombies, instead 🙂

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