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My visit yesterday to the Previous Somethings archive fed an urge to explore my media library from the earliest days of this blog. I found some images from eleven years ago which interestingly correlate with our life in the present.

Back in May of 2009, we were still living in Eden Prairie, MN, on a fraction-of-an-acre corner lot. At that time, we had no inkling we might be selling that house and moving within a few years. Back then, we were…

…building the frames for a raised garden!

This week, while I have been occupied with the day-job, Cyndie has decided to go a little further than the initial terrace we worked on together in the last few weeks. She framed in a few more spots for select plantings she’s decided to add which will need more space.

Another old photo I found was taken up at the lake place in Hayward. The month of May brings out a carpet of trillium in the woods up there that we totally adore.

Last night, Cyndie brought me a picture she took of one that just showed up in our woods at Wintervale.

We have been trying to bring a few trillium back with us from annual visits to the lake in May and have been transplanting them into various locations in our woods. I don’t know if we’ll live long enough to see them flourish and spread like they do at Wildwood, but each time I spot one here brings me great joy.

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May 13, 2020 at 6:00 am

Still Flying

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Before I start with today’s post, I want to give a shout out of thanks to Jennifer Alexander for sharing her wonderful collection of student responses to my “Guess What” post from last week. Fearing most readers might not notice a new comment added to a previous post, I am specifically highlighting a fresh link to it here:

Another Guess – March 19, 2019

Check out the comment Jennifer added. I think she and her students have enhanced my photo-guessing game immensely!

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Ten years ago today I posted “Time Flies,” which is an impression that continues to feel valid to this day. In fact, I get the sense it is flying faster all the time.

Words on Images

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But, let’s not stop there. In my research of March 26 in the archives of “Previous Somethings,” I found the following post from 2017 too irresistible to exclude from today’s review:

Empowering Love

Editorial cartoon by James T. Pendergrast for Rolling Stone, June 2002

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Imagine replacing the negative with the opposite:

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Let fearlessness enhance enlightenment to fill our crucibles with love!

 

Let’s carefully teach everyone, before it’s too late, to love all the people, “all our relations” on this planet, fearlessly.

Happy March 26th, 2019. Send love. The world deserves more love.

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Launching Spring

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Continuing my celebration of reaching the milestone of Relative Something‘s tenth year, I found two previously posted Words on Images creations in the “Previous Somethings” which correlate nicely with this first full day of spring.

Happy Vernal Equinox (which happened yesterday afternoon at 4:58 p.m. CDT)!

After the weather abuses we suffered throughout the second half of this winter, reaching spring seems particularly worthy of special recognition.

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From May, 2018:

Buds

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From June, 2009:

Leaves

Words on Images - Leaves

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An Invitation

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It is Sunday morning, and I have slept in after getting to bed late last night. We had a wonderful time visiting friends in the distant west suburbs of Minneapolis yesterday, an opportunity accommodated by our daughter, Elysa, who ventured east to give our animals care and attention they are accustomed to receiving over their dinner hour.

Today, it is cold and rainy outside, gloomy, grumbling thunder gray, and I don’t have anything prepared to post. Sometimes when this happens, I pay a visit to the archives and see what I wrote a year ago at this time. I had posted a ‘Words on Images’ poem of possibility. The picture was a snow background, which doesn’t feel right at all now. We are trying to be done with snow, maybe more so than ever this year because the memory of the major 18″ snow event we suffered last year on May 2nd continues to haunts us.

I navigated to posts made for a day before and after the 27th, in 2013. Then I headed to 2012, when we were fixing up our Eden Prairie home in order to put it on the market, toward the dream we had of finding a horse property.

The archive treasure trove goes all the way back to March of 2009, when I was preparing for a trek in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. That adventure was the catalyst for my starting this blog, Relative Something. I have endeavored to schedule a post every single day since.

I invite you to select a month from the Previous Somethings pull down bar on the right side of this page, to pick your own day to re-visit from the over 5-years of posts chronicling *this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences. It’s a trip!

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April 27, 2014 at 9:46 am