A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
I have never been much of a sports fan but my friend continues to introduce me to
sports. Like anything, familiarly brings comfort and I guess now I can say that
I am merging into a fan! I think basketball might be on the top of the list. Recently I experienced my first professional NBA
basketball game in Salt Lake City Utah-Jazz vs 76ers.
Last year I ventured to Chicago for the first time and
experienced all things Chicago (see Days 84, 85, 86 and 87). This year’s visit was all things architectural.
We took a walking tour with the Chicago Architectural Foundation , a river tour
with Sight Seeing Tours, and a back stage tour of the iconic Chicago Theater. You
rarely think about a building’s history when you walk to get from one place to another. An architectural
tour brings the stories of a city to
life and you see beautiful works of art that you might never have noticed in the
absence of a tour. Architecture is the
standing history of the past life of a city and just like the house tours of Day 154, these tours give you a sense of life’s brevity.
The Allegheny West Neighborhood consists of only eight
blocks on the North Side of Pittsburgh but it’s rich in history with several restored Victorian homes from the 1800’s. I learned
some new things about Pittsburgh’s
past and discovered
a vast private toy train collection when I helped as a guide for my friend whose home was part of the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. A house tour is an intimate way to explore architecture and lifestyles of the past and present.
My blog inspiration book, Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book reminds us to, “be daring” and that
is just what you have to do when you are about to ski down a mountain on two
long boards. When the cold weather approaches, bear like hibernation tends to
occur unless you can find some kind of outside interest and skiing is a great
way to enjoy the winter. I have recently added skiing back into my life( see Day 104-Ski Again). However, I have
not been out west to ski in over 10 years so I was ready to tackle the
mountains of Utah for the first time.
The New Year has
arrived! A new year is a time to reflect and a time to start fresh. My entire blog
is about change and fresh starts so I don’t need it to be a new year for my “do
over.” Every day is a do over for me. I am also not one for New Year’s
resolutions because I usually set my goals much too high which inevitably
result in failure. Thus, in 2016 I am going to continue to see the silver lining
in life, keeping it positive. As the psychologist, Maslow would agree, having a positive
attitude in life is a characteristic of a self -actualized individual. I am keeping
alive the glass half full philosophy. Therefore, I thought that I would start the
new year blog with my recent visit to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, where the Christmas lights
filled the night. There were so many lights that I had that breathtaking “Ahh” feeling.