Abandoned Amusement Parks

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A very talented Soundcloud friend read my last blog about America’s County Fairs … with the video attached to it. She commented and used the term “abandoned amusement park.” It hit me, suddenly, how ¬†easy it is to abandon our own life’s amusement parks. This is really one of the greatest challenges, I have found, in growing older – to keep enjoying, laughing, celebrating, being lighthearted. However, it is not ¬†just limited to older people. I see many young people abandoning their own “amusement parks” as they get overly focused on what is wrong in their lives.

Life is indeed a real roller coaster ride. Maybe I should learn to just raise my arms in the air and enjoy the ride.

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I always found county fairs in America to be fascinating. Took some video this evening of sections of a local fair in Chico, California. I didn’t get to the arts and crafts section or the baking and flowers sections either. 

The Colors of Flowers

I remember when I was 19 years old and I was looking at a flower bed of petunias… in all the typical solid colors.  I found myself staring intently at the colors while recognizing for the first time how deeply beautiful the pure colors actually were. I clearly remember thinking that nothing unnatural could come close to matching in clarity, richness, and inspiring as the colors of those flowers. Ever since I have never seen the colors of flowers as before that moment.

Around our yard this time of the year, I wander and stop at each blossom as if each one was a chapel. I am so thankful for the simple joy of flowers.

Spaces

I love spaces, places where you can go that create a different mindset. In our home and yard, we have many different little spaces that I enjoy so much.

Outside my bedroom window is this little space where I can sit beneath a large English Walnut tree.


Here is an iris that has just blossomed. Every morning before going to work I see how it has changed from the evening before.


Here is a little waterfall we built with a beautiful rhododendron in the background.


These grapes provide wonderful shelter from the summer heat.


This space is on the balcony where I can look down on the yard.


And, here is a space at our front door where I can sit and watch the neighbors walk by.


Here is a space among the trees and ferns where the quail raise their young and birds come to a feeder.


These spaces keep me sane.