I guess Texas had one of the hottest summers ever this year,
and I'll be really glad to see the Fall get here. Fall weather
is really a wonderful event here in Texas, when the cool rains
come and the air becomes cooler and breezier. The sky frequently
seems to have such clarity, and the blue ranges from opaque
to deepening for the sunsets.
often a great deal of color change in the leaves before they
start to fall off the trees. You can already see the pecan
husks forming in bunches on the pecan trees, and the acorns
preparing to turn brown. The color scheme becomes even more
contrasted with the onset of Fall harvest moons. An orange
orb appears at moonrise, reflecting the orange-against-blue
sometimes brings tornadoes with its weather. Lightning storms
are neat to watch, but be attentive to those strong winds
and torrential rains!
CARE OF YOURSELF
the weather cooling down it's easy to go out there and take
a hike! This is a wonderful pasttime for maintaining your
health and watching nature all around you.
of the most important memories I have of my visits to Europe
is the positive approach to taking a stroll. People frequently
do their shopping on foot, since they live in close proximity
to their neighborhood markets. Yet on Sunday, it seems that
everyone is out and about, taking in the sights and visiting
with people they meet on the streets.
take a break! Get away from your computer, and go for a walk.
Get your blood pressure down and breathe some fresh air! It's
worth it, because you're doing it for YOU!
I was standing in a room that covered the entire
top floor of the highest building in whatever city I was. Also in
the room with me, there were people of every race, creed, age, size,
culture, ... you name it! ... imagineable. And all of them were
trying to communicate with each other through me.
As I looked around, I noted that all of these people
had on clothing and attire from every era possible. Some were in
armor; others in military uniform; some were in formal wear, and
yet others were casually dressed. Some had on work clothes, and
yet others wore beach wear. It was as though all of these people
had stepped out of every movie I'd ever seen, every book I'd ever
read, every scenario I'd ever witnessed in every place I'd ever
been! Each person spoke his or her own language, yet couldn't communicate
with anyone else in the room. For some reason, each had to come
to me to have their story or idea clarified to anyone else.
I went throughout the room, trying to find a moment
of peace. As I reached any wall, I noted that the windows looked
out upon an enormous city in which war was taking place. I saw explosions
in the distance, and fires in every direction. It didn't seem appealing
to want to leave the room I was in. Yet I knew that I couldn't remain
there, being constantly approached to explain this or that to someone
else in the room.
I finally made the decision. Somehow I was suddenly
out on the street. It was night, and there were no lights on the
street corners. Yet I knew, because of the sounds all around me
that there was gunfire in near proximity, as well as shelling and
other warzone evidence.
I carefully inched my way along the buildings,
keeping my back to the walls and approaching open areas cautiously.
I heard footsteps. Suddenly in front of me there appeared a figure
in the shadows. I threw myself onto the sidewalk, bracing my head
with my arms. I heard gunfire.
I felt bullets hitting my head, but not penetrating
my skull. Blood ran profusely, and my hair spattered away in all
directions. The fear that engulfed me was overwhelming. The gunfire
seemed to last a long time, then suddenly stopped. Why was I still
alive? How was I still alive? I tried to remain still, but had to
As I peered into the darkness I saw the profile
of lone figure before me. Because of the darkness, it took some
time to see anything at all. The gun was still aimed at me, but
the firing had ceased. Suddenly a flame shot up from somewhere to
light the immediate area around me, and I clearly saw the face of
It was my own! It was as though I were standing
above myself, shooting myself down, and shooting myself down, and
shooting even more. The look of malevalence in the eyes was piercing,
brutal, and full of hate. Upon the moment of recognition, ... this
is when I passed out. I don't know how long I lay there, yet I was