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July 13, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Remote Solitude


The above image, Karenia's Outpost is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, released in 1971.

Living away from the midwest, in the west, is a continuing adventure. Each day is a reminder that while I value where I grew up in Chicago, I feel the west is my true home. I felt that the first time I saw the mountains up-front-and-personal back in January 1972.

I have many friends here, so does Sherry, maybe not as many as I do though. We stay in contact with our friends and families from other parts of the country, or in Europe in some cases.

For many families, most still stay close to where they were born. What makes them stay and we that go? Sometimes it is a mystery as to why some of us move away.

Some folks move away to leave the past behind. It must have been too much to cope with for some. They seek a new path, mostly unconnected with their earlier path. It's nice to have that kind of freedom for those that really need it.

I can travel to any place I wish to go in America. I may visit places more than once, depending on the desire. People know how to find me. I didn't run away, nor am I hiding out. To live in fear is not a way to live. Some feel otherwise, I know.

To find remote solitude is useful for short periods of time. But, no place remains a place of solitude forever. Sooner or later visitors arrive whether expected or not. Sometimes the past arrives with them. The past is not the present--an obvious truth. Just know there can be no present without the past and the past is just as valid as the present.

The future is better because it gives us chances to test what we have learned from all that precedes its arrival. Some of us are better prepared than others it seems. We paid attention to the past and the paths we've taken to a greater extent. We don't expect remote solitude to last very long because we have no need of its illusion.

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I created Portrait orientation and Landscape orientation sections on the Time Out Of Mind iPhone Pictures page. I added the Karenia's Outpost iPhone version in portrait mode there (shown below).

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My friend, Jeff Rutan, and his associates from all over the globe are working on a project to model the San Diego Air & Space Museum as the building itself and the aircraft within it.

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I like it that Google keeps on extending capabilities for Google Maps

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PBS has released Ken Burns Documentaries to the iTunes Store.

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This guy has it all wrong.

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I found an excellent article explaining the OSI Model.

Another explaining some myths about WiFi.

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I acknowledge one of my trips seeking the truth of remote solitude with this Digital Insight.

Moonlight Memories (Created in September 2001)

At the end of July and through early August 2001, I took a solitary automobile trip up through the states of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. I saw portions of those states I had never explored previously.

During that trip, I had a lot of time to consider many things that were on my mind back then. After driving from the Eastern edge of Washington to just outside Seattle, I stayed a couple days at my friend's house in North Bend, Washington. Behind his house is, Mount Si, it rises tall and steep nearby.

One night, I looked out a window and saw the moon shining it's light, illuminating that monolith. The mood and feelings I was experiencing were captured in that moment. This is one of my favorite images, it will always remain special to me. Using my own words, I quote from that page's narration:

"There's magic in moonlight, mountains, and memories."

Don


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