Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: River Reflections

Lake Eufaula, Alabama, black and white, lilly padsb

Lake Eufaula, Alabama, black and white, trees, reflection

This week’s black and white photo challenge topic is “reflections and shadows.” As a bit of an interesting side note, these were taken along the river that runs into Lake Eufaula, where this behemoth was just captured. I stick my hand in that water when we go fishing there – eek!! Even so, I still wouldn’t mind being back on the water over this long weekend… (wistful sigh)

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge

Take it Easy (Standin On The Corner Park, AZ)

Well, I’m running down the road
tryin’ to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on
my mind,
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna stone me,
One says she’s a friend of mine

Take It easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
and take it easy

Standing On the Corner, Winslow, Arizona

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me

Standing On the Corner, Winslow, Arizona

Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me
We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy

Standing On the Corner, Winslow, Arizona

Well I’m running down the road trying to loosen
my load, got a world of trouble on my mind
lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my
cover, she’s so hard to find

Winslow, Arizona, Route 66, Eagles, Take It Easy lyrics

Take it easy, take it easy
don’t let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy
come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me, oh oh oh
Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy

Standing On the Corner, Winslow, Arizona

In the true spirit of Route 66, you can find the Standin On The Corner Park in the heart of Winslow, Arizona, just off Interstate 40 in northeast Arizona. If you’re in the area, it’s a can’t miss photo op!

*All lyrical credit: Take It Easy by The Eagles*

The #1 Thing for Travel

I read oodles of travel articles every week praising the latest must-have gadget, gizmo, app, etc. for the best travel experience possible. There’s a plethora of tips & tricks out there on the internet for pretty much any situation at any destination imaginable. Really, it’s a small world to be so big… Don’t get me wrong, all of these are awesome (and I have the Pinterest boards to prove my undying love), but in my experience the number one thing you need for travel is (practically) free! It doesn’t require money or bag space; a little research helps, but really isn’t necessary; and really we should all already have the stuff to make it. What is this miracle you ask? Patience.

(Insert dramatic pause for eye-rolling.)

Okay, I know it seems like common sense, but it never fails to surprise me how many people don’t utilize patience as their greatest asset – especially when traveling. We invest so much time and resources into planning the perfect experience, but life rarely plays along 100%. (What would be the fun in that?) No matter how many back-up plans you have in place, your best bet to a pleasant experience is to pack a little (extra) patience alongside that super excited attitude.

Clouds, patience quote

I can’t tell you how many times being patient (and persistent) has saved a trip and/or experience for me. It also makes me worry a bit about the state of the world when customer service reps are so taken aback by a little kindness and understanding. No, being patient doesn’t solve the issue every time, but it certainly ups my odds – especially in comparison to the apoplectic guy standing next to me.

So how do you find patience in impossible situations? If possible, take a break and walk away for a bit. Give yourself whatever pep talk necessary to present a calm and reasonable front (even if you don’t feel it inside). Breathe deep. Then breathe even deeper. Once more for good measure. Or lock yourself in the bathroom and cry it all out. Call someone who loves you and have a good rant. Tell yourself every silly joke you can think of. In short, do whatever you can to distract yourself from the initial irritation and/or panic. Acting on those emotions doesn’t leave anyone feeling better about the situation (or at least it shouldn’t).

bee on purple flower, Aristotle quote

I don’t always succeed at feeling as patient as I try to pretend to be. Sometimes I don’t succeed at pretending to be patient. I’m only human. But I also try to remember that whoever’s at the other end of this issue is also human – and that chances are this isn’t their fault. I think that sometimes we all get caught up in the excitement/nerves/anxiety/etc. of our lives – especially when it comes to travel – and forget that we’re responsible for our own actions and attitudes. If you can step out of your bubble and pull out some patience, you’re almost guaranteed greater success and much more fun! It also helps to remember that one day, eventually, all those crazy moments will make for epic travel stories!

Let’s Talk: Neighbour Principle (Guest Post)

Today I have a rare treat – a guest post by Ken who blogs over at Ilmantar.  Ken has some great insight and thought-provoking pieces on his site, so I encourage you to check him out! Hope you guys enjoy!

love stone in green grass

As a Law graduate, one of the things I learnt in Law school was the ‘‘neighbour principle’’. For every Law student or Law graduate, this is exceptionally well known and was a milestone case in by the House of Lords (now called the Supreme Court). It was based on the judgement of Donoghue v Stevenson. In the off chance that you drink ginger beer in an opaque bottle, you don’t have anything to worry about again; particularly about having snails inside the bottle. You have Lord Atkin to thank for that. Who is your neighbour according to Lord Atkin:

‘‘The rule that you are to love your neighbour becomes in law you must not injure your neighbour; and the lawyer’s question “Who is my neighbour?” receives a restricted reply. You must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour. Who then in law is my neighbour? The answer seems to be persons who are so closely and directly affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being so affected when I am directing my mind to the acts or omissions which are called in question…’’

This may sound like a bunch of jargons to the unlearned person, but this is sound reasoning. However, what does this teach us? It is a law that seeks to teach us not to deliberately injure someone. It doesn’t teach us love!


Elder Lok Vi Ming puts it this way:

‘‘The law finds its roots in the Bible but that is where the similarity ends. In the Bible, the Neighbour Principle exhorts us to love our neighbours as we would love ourselves. In law, the Neighbour Principle sets the rule that we must not injure our neighbour.’’

The neighbour principle according to Lord Jesus is this:LoveThyNeighbor

‘‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” The Message (MSG) Matthew 22:39-40

Who would you rather follow? Lord Atkins or Lord Jesus?