Friday, August 27, 2021

If you find yourself bored with your work...

If you find yourself bored with your work, view it as a red flag. Either it’s time to leave to do something you are interested in, or it’s time to be interested in what you are doing. - Vincent​ Pugliese

Friday, August 20, 2021

33rd Wedding Anniversary Day Trip

Victoria and I weren't overly original this year for our wedding anniversary. Somewhat like last year, we opted to drive a portion of the Ohio State Route numbered the same as our anniversary year. Last year was Route 32, and this year was a portion of Route 33.


After a leisurely morning and a small breakfast of "cinni-minnies" and fruit, we headed to New Carlisle Ohio to have lunch with a good friend of ours of over 30 years.


After a delightful lunch, we continued north towards State Route 33, stopping by Kiser Lake State Park on the way.


Our short time on State Route 33 began at the small town of Lakeview near Indian Lake.


Our time on State Route 33 ended when we stopped at Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio. Here are some of the pictures we took while there.



Once we recovered from the altitude sickness brought on by spending time at a whopping 1,549 feet above sea level, we drove into the small city of Bellefontaine to see a few historical sights. These included the beautiful courthouse, Holland Theatre, and the oldest concrete street in America.



To celebrate the end of our short day trip, we enjoyed some ice cream at Stoner's Ice Cream Parlor in West Liberty Ohio. 



 



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Happiness

Pursuing happiness in our day-to-day lives can be quite challenging, especially when there are obstacles that cause us stress and anxiety. One path toward a more pleasant existence is to look to the science of happiness.

I recently attended a Meetup Live with psychologist and author Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.

Some points I took away from this event are as follows:

  • There are 3 secrets of happiness: reality, reality...and reality
  • Embrace unhappiness because all people experience it except psychopaths and the dead!
  • Active members of social groups and organizations tend to be happier
  • Real servant leaders are great at listening
  • Writing about painful experiences (journaling) is helpful
  • Have “islands of sanity” in your life. These are times of single focus (as opposed to multi-tasking)
  • Maintaining a gratitude journal seems to elevate happiness 


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Quick Road Trip to Maryland and New Jersey

Once again, Victoria and I hit the road for another short adventure. This time for a class in Frederick MD for Victoria and then to meet Kayla in New Jersey.

While Victoria was in class on Saturday, I explored Frederick a little bit. The Visitors Center recommended the downtown Frederick Walking Tour.

Here are pictures of the Community Bridge and the mile-long Carroll Creek Park. It must look really beautiful in the summer when the plants and flowers are in bloom.


Next was the artwork "Edge of Gravity" which is a small mural created by William Cochran in 1991. 

On East Church Street, I took this picture of the clustered spires which were distinguished in John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie."

Further down E Church St, I came upon the Trail Mansion, constructed by Col Charles Trail in 1852. 

After the walking tour of downtown Frederick, I took to the country and found the Utica Mills Covered Bridge. It was built in 1850 and spanned the Monocacy River. It has been reconstructed and now crosses Fishing Creek.

On Sunday, while I was waiting for Victoria to finish her class, I took another drive to the north of Frederick and discovered these gems:

Loy's Station Covered Bridge


 

Cunningham Falls State Park


Catoctin Furnace

Sunday evening, Victoria and I made the short drive from Frederick MD to Mt Laurel NJ where we spent Monday with Kayla. Here's a picture of Victoria and Kayla enjoying fish tacos.

Tuesday morning, before our long drive home, we enjoyed breakfast with a couple of young friends who live in Philadelphia, Karen and Ruthie. Here's a picture of the ladies chatting.


Our drive home was uneventful and now there's another memory stored away in the "road trip" area of my brain.