Autumn Rain

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It is raining here.  It is a gentle, steady rain.  One that makes you want to curl up under the blankets and read for a while.  It is not the stormy violent rain. It is not the foggy, drizzly rain.  It is gentle, cleansing, even refreshing.  I do not pretend to predict the weather but I am sure I enjoy the varied and numerous events.  Travel is like the weather.  It can be foggy and drizzly, not sure where you are going or even trapped in an seemingly endless guided tour, where all you truly want is to see what the people across the way are engaged in.  It can be intense, almost violent, unending lines at airports, military occupied regions,….shopping malls.  Hopefully most of your travels, like mine, are the kind that make you feel warm and cozy, on the inside.  Whether you are skydiving over Australia or swinging in a hammock on a lonely stretch of beach somewhere, make sure you are getting the most soulful and completing experience wherever you are.

Rainy Days

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It is raining here.  It is a gentle, steady rain.  One that makes you want to curl up under the blankets and read for a while.  It is not the stormy violent rain. It is not the foggy, drizzly rain.  It is gentle, cleansing, even refreshing.  I do not pretend to predict the weather but I am sure I enjoy the varied and numerous events.  Travel is like the weather.  It can be foggy and drizzly, not sure where you are going or even trapped in an seemingly endless guided tour, where all you truly want is to see what the people across the way are engaged in.  It can be intense, almost violent, unending lines at airports, military occupied regions,….shopping malls.  Hopefully most of your travels, like mine, are the kind that make you feel warm and cozy, on the inside.  Whether you are skydiving over Australia or swinging in a hammock on a lonely stretch of beach somewhere, make sure you are getting the most soulful and completing experience wherever you are.

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Recovery

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What a beautiful day to drive the open roads of Nebraska.  The sun is shining down, warming The Great Plains.  The road is calling to me once again.

It has been a very tumultuous storm season so far in Nebraska.  Many lives have been disrupted by the destructive power of wind, hail and tornadoes.  With all the news covering the tragedy in Northeastern Nebraska, my heart is sadden with the loss of lives.  My heart goes out to all those grieving.  My prayers are for continued healing of everyone recovering, both physically and emotionally.  Property has been broken and scattered.  Just as the tornadoes upturned grain bins, homes, churches, and vehicles, lives have been upturned.  The morning light after the devastation only illuminated the work ahead.

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As I drive, I count all my many blessings.  I am happy to know I am able to help where I am needed.  Helping to pick up the pieces of so many broken lives.

While traveling this summer please remember to have respect for the ever-changing weather conditions.  Be aware of storms forming and moving through your area.  But be sure to get out there, into our big wide world.  Enjoy your travels!

Travel well my friends and pray for the continued healing of storm victims.

Refreshing

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Photo courtesy of Nathan Rathjen

The sun has bathed my world in light.  I love the way the trees are greener, the flowers are brighter, and the world just looks refreshed.  The gentle rains fell, washing away all the dirt the wind blew in and now the springtime seems bursting with life.

I have a small trip planned for today and I can’t wait to go.  Twisting over the hills (yes, hills in Nebraska).  Scouting new adventures to enjoy.  The fields will be black, miles of churned earth moistened by the rains.  The smiles on strangers faces will be broader for the sun shinning on them today.  Everything always feels refreshed after the cloud filled skies of the past rainy days.

Travel well my friends.  Don’t forget your big sunshine smiles!

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