Abandoned Amusement Parks



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.




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.


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.