What makes a Lake Great?

Is Great only a matter of size?

Or do you need to consider other attributes?

Today we are considering lakes. Do we limit location? Fresh or salt water? Natural or man-made? Historical events? Commercial importance? I’d like to add natural beauty to the list–but opinions on beauty vary more than the question posed in the title. What about a little legend?

The five Great Lakes of North America reach almost to the center of the continent and spread east making a portion of the border between Canada and the US. (Except Lake Michigan — every family has one child that strikes out in a different direction.)

Are there only five? What about…Lake Champlain?

Is it similar? Fresh water. Touches Canada. Four hundred feet deep. Lake monster legend. And a very respectable size of 490 square miles.

Is it enough? Lake Ontario is almost 15 times larger.

Lake Champlain — Good or Great?



It’s Friday!!! Yeah!!!

We made it to the end of another week! (Attitude may vary among readers who work weekends.)

It’s time to put some fun in your life. Perhaps you will take the opportunity to visit with a friend. Eat a favorite food. Browse in your favorite store. Listen to good music. Dance. Or…This happy sculpture demonstrates skill on roller blades in Montreal.

Changing Appearance

Humans have been changing their appearance for millennia.

Common methods are cutting or styling the hair. Different materials or cut to the clothes. Dying the skin — either temporary or more permanent.

Many changes are make in attempts to improve appearance — attract a mate. Others are to promote ease of movement. Some of the extreme towering wigs and wide skirts of the noble class did not stay in style for long. I know I would have a difficult time getting into a carriage or walking a narrow garden path in some of the highest fashions.

Humans are not the only creatures which change appearance. In addition to many examples of camouflage in the animal kingdom, some creatures undergo a radical change.

If Mom could only see me now!!!

Open Air Discussion

Step back to the middle of the 19th century with me.

Two well-dressed gentlemen cross paths in a public space and pause to discuss the topics of the day.

They have much to discuss from the price of grain, shipping rates, and the route of a proposed railroad. They are cordial, even when opinions on a topic differ. One man listens intently as the other gestures to make a point.

I found this sculpture intriguing. What are they talking about? Are great, sweeping decisions on the future of their country being refined? Or is it a lighthearted, fleeting retelling of an experience down at the wharf?

I like to think that these Northern gentlemen are developing strategies for Canada to avoid some of the problems so evident in the United States.

Fleeting Beauty

Life’s Temporary.

A timely reminder from a fictional character. You’ve heard it in other words before.

Tomorrow’s not promised.  Eat dessert first.

Today I urge you to open your senses to the world around you. Pause for a moment to note a child’s laugh, a bird’s song, or the wind passing in the trees. The sky will never be the same again. Or the river. Or the people around you — every day we change in either tiny or giant steps.

Our morning wake — at full speed

Our cruise ship created this beautiful, very temporary, sight.


Friends are valuable.

It does not matter your age, social status, religion, or any other “label” current society wants to attach.

A friend will listen. And you will return the favor when they need to talk. Or perhaps you will not talk much–perhaps you sit together and contemplate the world around you.

Perhaps you will do activities together. Lunch out with friends is becoming more valuable as I age. Watching your waistline? Take a walk in the park. Or attend a concert, play, or movie.

These friends in Boston Common are enjoying the day and a bit of fishing in the Frog Pond.


Stress Reduction

Stressed? Harried? Rushing from one task to another without time to draw a deep breath?

Too many of us have too many days of busy, busy, busy. We have work obligations. Family commitments. A friend we’ve not seen in ages sends us a message. That organization we joined calls for volunteers. And the literal pain in our neck returns.

How to slow down without losing valuable items such as employment, family, friends, and health?

Can you find five minutes? A chair or bench is helpful. Take a seat — breath deep — close your eyes — and imagine.

When you can’t visit in person — bring a peaceful scene to mind.


Honoring the Brave

Public art can serve many purposes. It can inspire. It can educate. It prompt conversation.

Some public art reminds us of the important things in life. And people who do heroic things that others may live.

This sculpture honors the brave members of the Boston Fire Department.            A similar place to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of one human helping another in time of need is found in many towns and cities. The next time you pass by one — take a moment to remember the men and women portrayed.

Honor the living also — a kind word when they are buying groceries or collecting funds for a charity is always appreciated.


Do you make lists? Set goals? Plan ahead?

Are you able to find things when needed?

Some of the people I admire most are highly organized. Tools and other objects are always put back into place and easy to find the next time they’re needed. Ask them a question — if they don’t know the answer, they can often suggest a place to find it. (And I don’t mean the now popular “Google that”.)

If your tasks for the day were ducks…where would they be? Migrating? Swimming off in various directions in the same pond? Or…

all in a row…ready to swim on command.

I will admit — I didn’t expect to see organized ducks during a recent visit to Boston.

Contemporary Packing

In a recent entry on this site, I featured an immigrant travel trunk.

Today I’m going to feature a more modern version designed for a shorter trip.

Yes, as a regular reader of this site is aware — I like to travel. Sometimes I venture a few miles from my home and look for interesting things near my home. Tourist attractions such as museums, zoos, and parks are some of the sites I return to over and over.

Sometimes I venture farther from home. And I need to take more items than even an excellent packer can put in a purse and one tote bag.

Arranging clothing, shoes, toiletries, and the all important electronic charging cords for a multi-day journey takes practice. And a container able to withstand modern, mechanical baggage handling.