West Virginia Day 2019

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In April of 1863 the people who lived west of the Blue Ridge mountains began to talk about succession. Virginia had already succeeded from the Union and was now ready to succeed from itself. By June 1863 Mountaineers were part of Union once more and West Virginia was born. Our spirit is embodied in our state motto Montani Semper Liberi, Mountaineers Are Always Free.

West Virginia of course is most known today because of the coal that lights up the night and smelts the steel. But that’s not all we are.

We are the ones who still hold the doors open for a stranger at the store. One of my favorite stories about my fellow Mountaineers came from a local talk radio show when a woman called in to publicly thank two young men that helped her when she lost a load of laundry out of the open bed of her truck. She said that they never asked her name. They just stopped and started picking up her lost belongings.

Our wilderness is second to none. We have clean wild rivers that provide rapids for thrill seekers and shoals for those who just want wade through the water and fish or collect stones. We even have natural water slides to splash around in.

We are also the future. As I understand it, a plan is being formed to recover Rare Earth Elements from the waste of coal mining. We’re being told that not only will this mean a better economy but it will also help keep our beautiful environment clean.

I think about my ancestors that tamed the hills and valleys by the blood sweat and tears. My own grandfather who wore a carbide light on his head as he went into the deep dark mines and risked the mountain collapsing in on him as he fed his wife and eight children by pulling the coal out one shovel full at a time. He helped power the industrial revolution in a time when a lot of work was still done with a mule team. And in the very near future it’s very possible that a miner will sit in air conditioned comfort and supervise a team of robots that will mine materials that power the automation revolution.

I have to wonder what else the future of a free people might bring. But one thing I have a solid inclination to believe is that whatever else comes we will maintain a sense of who we are and never lose that independent spirit that conquered the Blue Ridge mountains.

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Defining The Question

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Tonight’s post examines the concept of a false dichotomy.

I was once asked “which is more important, the journey or the destination?” It’s one of those questions that’s supposed to bring perspective to life. It’s supposed help us see if we’re goal oriented or if we’re process oriented. The question doesn’t really have a right or a wrong answer. It just helps see certain aspects of ourselves. Or so I was told. But, the question is a little misleading. The way we’re expected to answer is intended to define us. There’s one problem with this kind of thinking. It built on a false premise that a person has to be one or the other. Goal oriented or process oriented. As if you can’t be goal oriented but still enjoy or even savor the process. Imagine that I have given you an ice cream cone in your favorite flavor. Most people will split the difference between consuming the ice cream before it melts and holding onto the cone for way too long. The question of eating the ice cream or keeping it sets up a false dichotomy. It implies that you must choose one extreme or the other. Now I know that there’s some creative person out the who thinks they’ve solved both sides of the issue with the idea of placing the cone in a freezer burried under a glacier at the north pole. That way you haven’t eaten it and it doesn’t melt. Even if you decided to put the cone in a deep freeze and keep it forever you have abandoned the goal because you’re not enjoying it forever and it’s not being eaten. If we’re honest about ourselves we’ll admit that most people would enjoy the cone for as long as possible.

Okay, I’ve shown you a picture of train tracks and I’m talking about ice cream so let me bring it back around to tonight’s feature image. In most of my posts I use tracks and roads to symbolize the idea that life is a journey. The original question was which is more important, the destination or the journey? Even though there’s not supposed to be wrong or right answers I have to consider if there are wrong and right questions. The right questions change perspective tremendously so let’s rephrase the question a bit. Is the journey independent of the destination? The answer for most of us is no. The destination is the ultimate goal but it’s the journey that gets us there. As I stared down the train tracks that pass through town I began to understand that even though the tracks end somewhere that pass through many places along the way. And that it’s possible to visit those places without giving up the goal of reaching then end of the tracks. It’s enjoying the process without giving up the goal.

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The Benefits Of Being Stumped

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Several days ago I stopped by Kanawha Falls for a quick photo op and was blessed with several great shots. The park is prone to flooding and as the water recedes it always deposits a fresh supply of driftwood. Including apparently perfectly cut stumps that just right for a makeshift seat. With the water just right and the sunshine filling the valley it was time to get stumped. Now you might have the impression that being stumped is a negative thing. Well, the average use of the phrase does usually commentate a state of confusion with no hope of a solution. That’s not the case here. No, being stumped is good thing. Especially in such a beautiful place. I only had a few minutes but the stump was so inviting that I couldn’t pass up having a seat and just enjoying the sun and the water. In fact I sat there with no agendas so long that thoughts began to happen. I thought about how nice it was to be out of the office on a pretty day. I thought about some upcoming plans and how I would get stuff done. And I thought about life in general. The result of all that quiet time and positive thought had me feeling very blessed. And that blessed feeling carried through into that peaceful confidence that always improves the day. It’s amazing what a little quiet time can do for you and pulling up a stump along the Kanawha River and just enjoying the sun is a great way to get it.

Before I close I want to give a HUGE shout out to the volunteers of the Make It Shine group on Facebook. When the river runs high it also picks up a lot of trash and litter. I was actually pretty heartbroken a few weeks ago when I saw how much plastic was deposited in the park over the winter. So many times when we make a statement about caring for the environment it a story about the tragedy of trash in the wrong place. But tonight I have a positive story to share about how the volunteers cleaned up one of my favorite places to stop and catch a moment of peace. To the 38 or so people who took it upon themselves to deal with huge mess I want to say thank you very much and I expect to join you on the next effort. Below is a collage of the before and after photos. I didn’t really get a lot of before photos but after photos will give you an idea of scale.

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West Virginia, Almost Heaven

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It’s when I come up on a scene like the one in the feature image that I really understand why my home is called “Almost Heaven”. There’s times when I think that if I could reach the top of the mountain quick enough that I could touch the clouds. I know that there are higher mountains in the world. But, when I look around my West Virginia home I know that heaven comes down to meet us halfway.

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Mental Vacation

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Feeling the warm sun on my face today was very welcome change indeed. I wasn’t really able to get out and explore due to my day job but I able to step outside for a few minutes and breath the fresh air while focusing on tonight’s feature image of Kanawha Falls. Mentally I place myself in a comfortable spot near the water and pull up a large piece of driftwood for a seat. The breeze coming off of the falls is charged with oxygen and the sounds of the river pushes away all of mental clutter. Looking deeper into the scene brings me to the base of the falls where I can feel the spray. The large fish drift by beneath me going no place in particular. Time loses all meaning, as the moment encompasses eternity. To the outside world it’s just a few minutes but to me touching that moment was just enough to leave me refreshed. The buzzing of my smartphone summons my to return from my instant vacation but as the season continues to change there will more opportunities for more pictures to fuel my imagination. For now I’ll close my app and return to mundane world of an office chair while carrying the sunshine inside in the form of the a photo.

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Spring Dreams

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Today I noticed that the moon was still fairly high in the sky at around 11:00 AM. I felt a little thrilled to see it against the crystal blue of daytime because I knew that this means that winter is winding down. Yes we’ve got several weeks of cold air that hurts your face and by the weekend we’ll have temperatures well below freezing but change is on the way. The rest of day I dreamed about balmy breezes, green leaves and open toe shoes. It’s only a matter of time before the low hanging grey clouds transform into high wispy curls and swirls that dance above the mountains. The ice in the rivers and streams will give way to kayaks the leisurely paddle around the old bridge and tiny minnows who dart around in the creeks. A friend who lives in South Carolina told me that he’s already hearing the frogs singing in the evening! So as I brace for the oncoming polar blast that will have started by the time some of you read this I do so with anticipation for oncoming thaw that’s just a few short weeks beyond it.

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Primrose And Bees

It never really ceases to amaze me when I find out how detailed God’s creation is. All along the edges of my property I find Evening Primrose. The bright yellow bloom always makes me smile. But today I learned something new about the happy yellow flowers that just turned up one day and stayed. They can hear. Israeli scientists have discovered that the petals function like ears. When Primrose flowers “hear” the buzz of bees they actually release sweeter nectar to draw them in. They only react this way to the sounds of pollinators. Making the sweet nectar is biologically expensive and comes with other complications so the Primrose plant doesn’t produce it until it’s likely to be visited by a pollinator. I didn’t really see it mentioned in the article but I’m willing to bet that the bees will buzz the flowers in an effort to “wake them up “. If this is happening then I would expect to see the bee hover close to the flowers and then come back once it’s had time to produce the sweet treat.

Albert Einstein is credited with having said that God doesn’t play dice with the universe. When I think about the relationship between the Primrose plant and the bees I see this as evidence that not only does He not play dice with the universe but He’s designed a perfect system and that everything has it place and a roll to play in it. For those of us who desire a harmonious relationship with God let me ask if that should also mean a harmonious relationship with his natural world? I believe so. If we could just figured out the little details and pursue a simple lifestyle I believe that creation would respond to us the way the Primrose responds to the bee. In the garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve to subdue the Earth, not destroy it. (The word subdue implying gentle persuasion. )

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