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Rode my bike out to see Mom today, it’s about 8 miles to her house, it’s one of my favorite and most memorable drives and have never did it by bike before. The favorite part is the scenery, the memorable part is when I drove my father home from the hospital ten years ago, it was the last time just he and I were in the car alone, talking and commenting on the beautiful day and the road side wild flowers… it was the first time I really “saw” the wildflowers… it was about this time of year.

On the way home I took the long way through town on the scenic riverwalk…

Then the sideroads by the railroad tracks home…

“Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup.”

mmm… I’ve read many positive reviews of this stout that has been available only at the brewery the last few years, it will be released in bottles this October… can’t wait to try it!

space station photo of meteor…

full photo here

For forty years I have ingested some foreign chemical-substance into my body, starting at age 13 smoking cigarettes and shortly after that trying my first beer followed by smoking pot and various other hallucinogens. The mind altering chemical use was stopped in about 1980… eight years was enough. Smoking tobacco continued until about 1996, it took a few years to really kick the habit. Coffee drinking was picked up sometime in the 1980’s, that and beer & wine have been almost daily vices until July 27th 2011 when a stomach problem demanded retreat… that’s what started my reflection of the last forty years… I’m gonna give my body a break for a while, something it hasn’t had since I was 12 years old!… will I feel like a kid again?

“Until you have the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, external facilities and conditions will never bring the joy and happiness you seek. On the other hand, if you possess this inner quality, calmness of mind, a degree of stability within, even if you lack the various external factors that you would normally require to be happy, it will still be possible to live a happy and joyful life.” – Dalai Lama