They simply never understand,
do they,
that sometimes solitude is
one of the most beautiful things
on earth?
~ Charles Bukowski


dodgei.jpg 2Thought I’d make an attempt to fight off the summer lethargy that’s been plaguing me so I took off this afternoon on what turned out to be a pretty epic nine-mile walk (two-and-a-half miles of which was actually a hike through Idyllwild’s beautiful Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail). I was almost home when I spotted this dilapidated old Dodge truck parked in someone’s driveway. Love the colors. Glad I had my iPhone with me!


bussa2.jpg 3It was crazy hot here in the mountains today (triple digits which is highly unusual) and so my energy level was quite low. If nothing else it gave me a chance to take a look through my archives where I found this iPhone snap of an abandoned bus I spotted while visiting Arizona a while back. Stay cool!


pinecovetreehagbI would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ E.B. White



age is no crime

but the shame
of a deliberately

among so many


~ Charles Bukowski, from the poem Be Kind



We need to revise how we think of aging. The old paradigm was: You’re born, you peak at midlife, and then you decline into decrepitude. Looking at aging as ascending a staircase, you gain well-being, spirit, soul, wisdom, the ability to be truly intimate, and a life with intention. ~ Jane Fonda

Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. It’s a different stage of life, and if you are going to pretend it’s youth, you are going to miss it. You are going to miss the surprises, the possibilities, and the evolution that we are just beginning to know about because there are no role models, no guideposts, and no signs. ~ Betty Friedan

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ~ C.S. Lewis

Yep, it’s my birthday. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little pep talk I’m giving myself. Have a great day!


beachselfieaI do try to keep the selfies to a minimum but the reflective windows of just about every oceanfront home in Newport Beach are hard to resist. Have a great weekend, folks!