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Zen wants you living, living in abundance, living in totality, living intensely – not at the minimum, but at the maximum, overflowing. 

Your life should reach to others. Your blissfulness, your benediction, your ecstasy should not be contained within you like a seed. It should open like a flower and spread its fragrance to all and sundry – not only to the friends but to the strangers too. 

This is real compassion, this is real love: sharing your enlightenment, sharing your dance of the beyond. – Osho Zen Tarot

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A Decade Review

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Happy 2020

For starters I want to thank everyone who has been part of my journey during the last decade. I love and appreciate you. You teach me so much.

Next, you should see my 2019 review. It is a subset of the decade and mentions things I worked on for years.

Lastly, here is a short decade review.

What were the most persistent or significant challenges of the past decade?

I almost died.
Losing both my parents in less than a month.
Another decade without romance. I began the decade without romance and expect that trend to continue until my death.

What is my empowering take on overcoming or coping with those challenges?

I embraced death and we came to terms.
Trying to stay fit while living in the bonus years.
Embracing that I’m not someone who will ever be in a romantic relationship. That is a very empowering realization. I’m obviously not a keeper.

Where was my head, heart, money, and career in 2010?

I was a full time college professor at the beginning of this decade. Now I’m unemployed.
I lived in a nice stick and bricks house with my son, and a young family of three.
I was dealing with the fallout from the death of my parents: their estate, heart wrenching grief, being the oldest child I became next in the family death queue, and the backup I’d had all my life was suddenly gone.
I had companion parrot I loved deeply.

How have things changed since?

The house is gone and I live and travel alone full time in an RV.
My son moved to the west coast. The young family moved into my other house.
I’m living in the bonus years thanks to a pacemaker. I cherish each day now. I want to suck the marrow from the bones of life.
I no longer have a parrot companion.
I am embracing change and several other paradoxes.

In what ways did the Universe guide me in a direction I did not expect?

The close encounter with death got my attention. Hard to ignore that one.

How did that serve the highest good?

It made living mindfully a lot easier and living mindfully is a game changer.

What event, accomplishment or relationship meant the most to me?

Not dying.
I have a female friend who sometimes is kind to me and other times treats me worse than she treats a stranger. I love her. On the first day of 2020 I’m not sure how she feels about me.

How did this decade prepare me for the next decade?

I have a pacemaker. Maybe my heart will make it another decade. I’m not counting my eggs before they hatch though.
I am much better at living and much better at dying.
Relationships are two way streets. Anything less than that is not a relationship.

If I had to fit the story of the last 10 years into a story or movie genre, what would it be?

Tragic Adventures

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Tales From the Hills of Talibama

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Alabama woman indicted for manslaughter after miscarrying when shot

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You decide.

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Myku 53

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Women on the hill
Men, returning home, have failed
Sentinels at dawn.
©️JR Cline 4.24.19

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Barkus

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The only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans for the canine population. Founded in 1993, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus is a non-profit organization.  The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was envisioned and created in November 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV Weather Anchor) Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. Thomas Wood brought his dog Jo Jo McWood to the meeting, where people complained about her neurotic ways. To get back at them all, Wood decided to make Jo Jo McWood queen of her parade and captain-for-life. Thus, the Krewe of Barkus was born.” ~ Barkus.org

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A Good Day On Earth

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Wednesday as I sauntered through the French Quarter, the Universe manifested a fellow traveler. She was raising money to purchase a rocket ship. 🚀

Such noble endeavor.

We spoke of many things and lastly about my space and time machine and my travels through the universe.

I took her picture, contributed to the cause, and sauntered on.

It is a good day on planet earth.

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NOLA City Park

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I mentioned we visited City Park and Storyland on this trip.

Jesse really enjoyed climbing on one of the mature live oaks found in City Park.  City Park is home of the oldest groove in the world.


Catch me momma.


One of Jesse’ favorites in Storyland was the firetruck.



Not all trips to Storyland have happy endings.


Sometimes the story of life involves a few bumps and bruises.  A momma’s love can be a magic cure for most things.

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Playing on Jackson Square

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Friends sitting on an ancient cannon.
One of Jesse’ favorite stops in New Orleans is this cannon.  He loves to sit and climb on it.

Mother and child looking up.
I never asked what they saw. It must have been good. They looked a long time.

Child running.
Catch me if you can!
He was having a great time running, jumping, and playing.

Mother hugging child.
Once in a while he would take a tumble and some mama love would save the day.

We  had a great time that afternoon.  Lots of fun!

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Christy, Jesse, and I ran off on a spur of the moment adventure to The French Quarter in New Orleans.  We left on Tuesday and returned on Friday. We stayed at the Wyndham on Royal Street.  I was finally able to get a few pictures from above the third floor.  It was quite an adventure.  All trips to NOLA are.  lol

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Positivity Week, Day 4

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Day 4 of Positivity Week:  Best of 2013

What is some of the best times you’ve had this year? What are some of your happiest moments of 2013? Feel free to post pictures on this day if you have any and you can share more than one thing.

I’ve had a lot of good times this year.   You’ve seen pictures from many of them: New Orleans, Oak Ridge, Memphis, Nashville, Gulf Shores, and Fairhope.   Of course life closer to the house is filled with great times too.






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The Rest of the Fish Story

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Pictures from our trip to the Audubon Aquarium part three.


Tasty little things.


Peek-a-boo


aaaarrrrrggggghhhh!  Don’t eat me.


A beautiful and deadly fish.


I see you!


Waiting on the rain to stop.

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Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.

Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.

We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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