To observe and absorb and explore

Today's photo: "It was a cloudy evening"

This afternoon, while on a walk, I discovered a huge park with sky-reaching trees and streams and fishermen casting their lines aimlessly. It's a huge, beautiful, peaceful area behind the Museum of Science and Industry. And guess what? I had no idea! For the last 4 years! I didn't know! Walking through this heavenly little park reminded me that sometimes I forget to really observe and absorb and explore. So, that's my newest goal. In addition to the 1 + 1 + 1 Plan, I'm adding "Mission O(bserve) A(bsorb) E(xplore)." I have friends and relatives who are so gifted at these skills - nothing seems to be lost upon them. They hear it all and see it all and experience the world to its fullest extent. Very inspiring.

Have you ever read anything by Flannery O'Connor? Several months back I got a collection of her works, but I never savored one until today. Delicious! What a writer! She is an expert at observing, absorbing, and exploring. Flannery was born in Georgia in 1925, and died at the age of 39. She writes with such perception and detail. Today I read the short story "The Life You Save May Be Your Own." I loved this line:

"Deep in the sky a storm was preparing very slowly and without thunder as if it meant to drain every drop of air from the earth before it broke."

I love words.


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  2. You can eat the juneberries right off the trees in that park too! (If it's where I think it is . . . I haven't been there yet . . .)

    PS on the above i spelled "off" wrong, when correcting it I didn't know it would look like it was a secret!