Tag: challenge

Being your best: finding clarity in a Blogapalooz-Hour moment

Welcome to Morning Blogapalooz-Hour Vol. 1, where we are challenged to “Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best”. And to post it within an hour. The prompt says to write about the “one of many times” when I was at the top of my game as a... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 14

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 14
Well  you might think that today I would get a pass on my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan given that it’s solidly below zero and getting worse by the minute. But that’s not what we pilgrims are like. We follow through. Besides I had a mission to accomplish today that transcended a lot of things. So... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13
Today on my trek down to Lake Michigan I thought about taking risks and teamwork. Each day as I step out and turn eastward my mood transitions until almost ‘of a sudden’ I see the blue in the open space ahead. That brings clarity. Today, ‘the journey is the destination’ came to mind. I held... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 6

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 6
On my pilgrimage today, Lake Michigan spread out before me like a welcome friend, glittering and free and all sunshine — once I got there. Today was a tough one … too much to do, and I’m feeling on my last thread. But somehow I busted out anyway. Zipped up my coat, wondered where the... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 2

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 2
Why do people make a pilgrimage? Whether to Lake Michigan, or anywhere? A sense of adventure, a commitment to a goal. A spiritual journey connected to a place. One dictionary defines it as “A long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance.” I don’t know if my journey today had any... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 1

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 1
Today I took a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan; I walked down to the lake on my lunch hour. I went partly because it was there and I could. I wanted fresh air and movement, and to brave the waning of the polar vortex. Also, inspired by the images of recent days, I wanted to photograph... Read more »

My Dad Survived a Plane Crash and Now He's 90: WWII Veterans and Courage

My Dad Survived a Plane Crash and Now He's 90: WWII Veterans and Courage
Walter John Chilsen, my dad, survived a plane crash in the fight for Iwo Jima during WWII. His plane took flak over Iwo Jima, and together with his crew, he navigated their ailing B-24 bomber back, where they crash-landed it in the ocean just off Saipan. Two people on the flight didn’t make it back.... Read more »