Puzzlers

11/12/13 14:15 !  Worth a horn honk and a satisfied smile.  Special dates and interesting numerical conjunctions are fun reason to pause and take note.

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Inspired by a page of odd facts about 11/12/13 we celebrated the juxtaposition of consecutive numbers in our current time scale.

Tonight at 10:21:11pm the date and time notation will be  11/12 22:21:11.  Nice palindrome to acknowledge in the midst of the nightly news.

I enjoy this with the same heady satisfaction as the smirk reserved for good punny fun.  I have friends on Facebook that have been trading puns this month.  I love the double entendre and volley of groans.  This list of tearable puns was an instant temptation! (not my photo)
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Along the same lines is my attraction to word and number puzzles.  I recently discovered a power trail of 99 puzzle geocaches and was amazed.  (screen shot)
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I thought perhaps the puzzle format would be the same for all…leaving just the figuring to relocate each coordinate..but, no…each cache has its own unique decoding process.  I’ve only worked on three and now know a little about alphabetical values, rap song grammy awards and wingdings!  I already know that this series will be a longterm project for me….I love the aha of each one I solve!

Tonight we are going to join a group of local cachers for a “meet and eat” event to commemorate 11/12/13. 

Any excuse for a celebration!  I love like minded people 🙂

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Veterans Amongst Us

Many in my family… have served in the military…including my dad. 
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I appreciate that we have set aside this day each year to honor and remember all of the veterans past and present. But, somehow, it doesn’t seem like quite enough.

Many military personnel are serving still.  The sacrifices they and their families make and the dangers they face need to be acknowledged and remembered. The fact that the suffering that continues for many, even after their service is behind them, is heartbreaking. 

Suicides and PTSD and non-fatal injuriesare haunting reminders that “normal” life doesn’t just resume following military service.

While we salute these people in uniform with gratitude, I can’t help but feel negligent …wondering what more we can/should be doing for those who are still silently battling the far reaching effects of war.

One of the men who accompanied us on a recent Grand Canyon river trip, celebrated on the final night that this was the first time he was able to enjoy nights outside in the wilderness without panic attacks since his duty in Vietnam decades ago. That hesitant confession and the life changing impact it revealed really struck home with me. This adventure was a deeper journey for him than it was for most of us….and too long in coming.

I search for ways to reach out on this day of remembrance…but find only flags and parades in commemoration. What more can we do to make the future brighter for people still suffering…before they become just a memory?

Gratitude

I am blessed. It is something I remind myself to never take for granted… Whatever life is presenting me with at this moment, whether good or bad…this too shall pass.

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Gratitude is a powerful motivator… While finding the strength to do something that is difficult, it helps to be grateful that you CAN.

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For the past few years I have used the month of November as one of personal Thanks-giving…. Spending a few minutes each day reflecting on one thing I am thankful for in my life.
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It occurred to me that this reflection might be a good way to revive this blog that I have neglected lately…. soooooo

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Today, I am thankful for the opportunity and pleasure of doing things and going places for the FIRST time.

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I remember filling calendars and baby books of the “firsts” my children experienced.  After a year or so…life seemed to become more routine and the “first times” dwindled. My own firsts slipped by and melded into “lasts” as kids moved away and I celebrated my retirement.
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Once again I am able to focus on all of the things I want to do, places I want to see, new experiences to marvel at …. and life is good…
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And life is a race, for “this too shall pass”
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So as I stuff as many “firsts” as can fit into my life… I strive to recognize, celebrate and savor each one…with gratitude.