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contrast…

What a strange contrast there is between the east coast and the west coast. Oh, yes, there has always been contrast between us. Almost to the point of wondering if we are all even part of the same country.

But today the contrast is so pronounced. Living on the West coast, very near San Francisco, I hear about the parade to be held in the city a bit later today honoring the World Series Giants. Yes it is a wonderful, exciting time for Giants fans all over the bay area. Well actually even if you are not a Giants fan it is hard not to get into the excitement of their win and the parade.

And yet on the other coast there is devastation, the likes of which they have never seen before. Homes, schools, workplaces are demolished. Roads are impassable. Subways are closed and will be for some time. Power is out all over, cell towers are down. Stores are closed.

The contrast between the two coasts today is dramatic. And yet we are the same country. It shows in wonderful ways. Power companies out here are sending trucks, equipment and people to help get power back on. Search and rescue crews from all over are being sent out to help locate those in need. Red Cross volunteers are already there helping to set up shelters. People from all over are giving in different ways. Once again the country will come together to help out those in need. We will come together regardless of skin color, religious beliefs or politics.

The contrast is great today as we see joy and excitement on one coast and total devastation on the other. One coast will be helping out the other in any way possible. We are one country and we will survive and we will move forward. And even though the contrast between the coasts will remain the love and the caring will also always remain.

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feeling great…

I’m really feeling good today. Both physically and emotionally and it really feels great! Yesterday I did a 6 mile hike. It was rated in several write-ups as being “moderate”. They lied! It was strenuous and all 13 of us on the hike agreed that it was. But wow was it beautiful and I am so very glad I did it. Right along the north coast of California where we passed through some lovely lush green redwood groves that would open up to beautiful open areas. The hike was pretty much up hill to begin with but then of course downhill on the way out. Not sure which is worse going up or going down. Either way I made it and am really proud of it.

The group I went hiking with is a group I met through meet-up (check them out – they have some really great groups). It is a group of people over a certain age that get out twice a week and sometimes on a weekend to do a walk or hike. Not only have I been getting much more exercise than I have before but have met some really wonderful people.

That is the other thing I have found with my life in the past couple of years. Many of my friends have moved, passed away or just sort of dropped out of doing things. So I have found myself with only a few friends and becoming a real homebody. Oh that is so easy to get into – believe me. But that wasn’t the life I saw for myself. So really made the effort to get out there and meet some new people. This group is really great! Many, if not most, of us are single but that really isn’t the intent of the group. But through this group I have met some people – generally women – that I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I really feel blessed being able to meet some of the people and feel that some will end up as life long friends.

What a great life!

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