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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Living in a community without a Jewish congregation has made it more difficult for me to attend services regularly. Yesterday, I decided pretty much first thing in the morning, possibly even Thursday evening that I was going to attend services on Friday evening at Temple Israel in Omaha. So, I did.

I knew, but had forgotten, that they are doing a Summer series on Mindfulness. I had attended services the first week they did this, and last night was another, with a different speaker. She talked about the difference between meditation and mindfulness and how meditation can lead to mindfulness as well as the many benefits to meditation which can take as little as one minute to as long as you would like.

So, today, I wanted to get out and move. I went to a nearby lake, and was disappointed that the shoreline "park" area (mown grass, picnic tables, etc) was not very long. It took me just 10 min to walk to the end, back to the other end, then return to my car which was parked in the parking lot approximately halfway between. Across the road is a camping area, and I had seen the "foot trail" signs there on a previous visit to this area. So, I took off walking through a wooded area along a path that was well marked. As I walked, I was thinking about mindfulness and experiencing life "in the moment." I also thought about whether or not the area had a day-use fee. There were a couple of people in a screen tent next to a pop-up camper who were there camping. I paused to ask them, and recognized the one woman, but couldn't place her. She said "I work with you, didn't you recognize me?" I said, "I recognized you, but couldn't place you out of context like this." She, fortunately was very good-natured about it, and introduced me to her mother. She jokingly said there was a fee, but her mom reassured me that there was not a fee for day use, only for camping.

Finished out my walk with a find of wild-growing raspberries, just at the end of their season, but got a few tasty berries right off the bush.

I thought this was a cool idea. Some of the trees have these "posts" telling the variety of tree. There was also one that said Virginia creeper, and one for Poison Ivy. I don't know what plant was the virginia creeper, but I do know what poison ivy looks like (see blog from 6/29)

I am pretty sure these are gooseberries, but I have never seen them purple before, only green.

Secluded campsite looking downhill from the foot trail.

Couldn't resist taking a picture of this pretty plant.

I am sad that I didn't take a picture of the raspberries that I got to eat. They were very tasty.
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    Looks like you had a wonderful walk on the trail. Beautiful pictures!
    836 days ago
    Love that adventurousness! That is just great that you took it upon yourself to investigate a new trail, a new path. And to be rewarded with raspberries -- well, what a find! I would have eaten them too fast to photograph, too, by the way. Thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Appreciate your efforts to find deeper meaning in life and awareness of life. Sigh. Perhaps I need to get serious about more spiritually enriching experiences, too. Thanks for the nudge. -Marsha
    837 days ago
    emoticon Glad you had such a lovely walk and great meditation.
    837 days ago
    What a delicious find on your walk! Love raspberries, too.

    Well, glad despite the awkwardness that your meet up went fine when you couldn't place her out of the usual element! I used to get that all the time! I'd see a former patient and I would be in my "civvies", not my uniform and they would always say "I didn't recognize you in clothes." BWAHAHAHA Of course, they meant uniform, but it was funny.

    837 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2014 4:22:42 PM
  • DALID414
    I hate when I can't place familiar faces, it bugs me ALL day long until I get it!
    Raspberries don't make my photo shoots either emoticon
    837 days ago
    Looks like you found another little corner of your local world! emoticon
    837 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Faith makes everything possible;
    Hope makes everything work;
    and love makes everything beautiful.
    God Bless YOU! Vic.
    837 days ago
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