When asked if there was any place he wanted to go, my 94-year-old father replied, "Branson." So my husband and I are at the Tulsa, OK airport to meet his flight from Oregon. Tomorrow we'll drive to Branson, MO for a week of midwest-style entertainment. Even though "places to go and people to see" is a trite, oft-used phrase, it's worthy of consideration. As the 16th-century French poet Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux recommended in his Art of Poetry: "Hurry... slowly, one hundred times go back to your intent and strengthen it." I intend to festina lente (hurry slowly) as I go places and see people with my father.
I love to learn about the origins of place names. The French aux arcs, eventually became our term for an entire region of the midwestern United States. Whether it originally meant a place of rainbows or simply designated the location of an early trading post, I found the part of this country that we explored recently to be full of friendly, warm-hearted, smiling people. By any name, it's a good place to live.
Many people throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world are giving special thanks today for their blessings by sharing good food in good company. I've decided to be more thankful, starting today, for everything whether I am with others or alone, have food to eat or not, have a place to live or not. Every day can be a thanks-giving day.
I like the verb to inquire. The dictionary says it means "to seek for information." AMAG reminds me frequently that one cannot ask a question without first having an answer from which one forms the question. So when one seeks information, what's really happening is that one is wanting to reveal what is already known. Yes!
I often hear people talk about the difficulties of re-entering their lives following any time away from home. It's interesting to think about being some "where" and then going some other "where" then returning to the original "where." Where exactly is it that we are before we go elsewhere? Interesting ... something to ask AMAG.