On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

 

If it’s Wednesday, it’s 🐾BillinGlendaleCA!  Sorry things have been so herky-jerky recently, I’ve been consumed by real-world things and have had limited time (really, attention). That should change.

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

 

Have a wonderful day !

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

Sorry about Friday, I didn’t catch that until much later.

 

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I’ve been overwhelmed taking care of so many things non-internet-related. It’s also closing into the year anniversary of my mom’s death and my mother-in-law’s anniversary is this week, so there’s a lot of heavy personal stuff on top of all the awful political stuff.

Hearing about the horrible treatment of young women from the 80’s DC prep school world brought back a lot of crap that I purposefully walked away from. I think I was one of the good guys to the few girls from our sister school that attended classes with us. I am pretty sure I was a cocky shit at times when I took classes at the girl’s school (in the building my mom had lived in and almost been expelled from for grilling a grilled cheese sandwich in a hotplate out on the ledge!), but it was less sexist than teenager in a new pond: I was respectful, just cocky.

Of course that’s likely the nice way we remember things and I said mean or belittling things at times and it was nothing to me but hurt someone then. I’m both glad we self-edit our memories to spare ourselves constant guilt for our previous self’s mistakes or shortcomings while sad that this means we often miss pain we caused and so don’t have quite as much empathy for those around us who could use a kind word or gentle encouragement to help lighten their load.

 

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

 

ETA: and of course the new form approach errored so only the first picture worked. I’ll re-run this again once we work that out, so sorry HL and everyone!

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

Too many chores and slow Alain = today’s post will be tomorrow and I ran Friday’s post today. Enjoy!

 

Have a wonderful day !

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

 

Have a wonderful day !

 

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I meant to write yesterday about how horrible it was the morning of Oct 2 last year, with my mother asking me about the news and what was going on, not knowing of the events the previous night. In her weakened, very vulnerable state, she’d stopped watching cable news just a few days before, and I collapsed into a chair, sitting for a moment and crying while thinking of the previous night’s horror in Las Vegas. Then I quietly said “nothing good” and after a prolonged pause while I wiped the tears away with the backs of my index fingers, asked her what I could make her for breakfast.

For the first time, I began to realize how much the world from Trump’s election-on had weakened and threatened her, before her cancer, but even more so when she was weak and fighting for her life. Trump and Brexit and the general right-wing/fascist ascendancy terrified her to her core, no doubt contributing to her decline. I spared her from any coverage of the massacre horror as she did not need any visceral reminders of the evil that our species can cause.

Backing up a bit to this whole Trump horror show, more than a few of us have been dealing with the stress and fear that this shanda engenders in countless, often unproductive or damaging ways, but it’s important to preserve perspective. Bad events outside your control can weigh on you in outsize ways; do not surrender them more credence than necessary. Sometimes you can’t escape them, but if you’re lucky, you can briefly glimpse how much more there is to appreciate in this world and forget the shit for a few blessed minutes.

 

And so I thank all of you wonderful commenters and submitters – past, present, and future – for helping make this feature something positive for each of us to explore or take refuge, if only for a brief few moments each day.

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

 

Have a wonderful day !

 

Troubleshooting  We have an improved setup and plans for further development. I hope the new setup works as well for you as it has in testing, but should you have issues, please email sitefixer@balloon-juice.com This new submission tool is one of many more we’ve got planned, and your feedback helps us craft them to your needs.

 

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

 

We’ve got some gorgeous pictures today that I know my mom would have loved. She was very fond of Venice, having spent a week there a least 10 years running! It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 months tomorrow, but time marches on.

 

Have a wonderful day and a great week, everybody.

 

Troubleshooting  We have an improved setup and plans for further development. I hope the new setup works as well for you as it has in testing, but should you have issues, please email sitefixer@balloon-juice.com This new submission tool is one of many more we’ve got planned, and your feedback helps us craft them to your needs.

 

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