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It Takes a Village…

It Takes a Village…

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Mrs. Cog and I live at the end of a dead end private dirt road off of a dead end state dirt road off of a paved road out in the middle of nowhere. The two combined dirt roads are a little more than a mile long and the paved road is five plus miles from the center of the local gas station/grocery store/tourist stop huddled just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We think of our place as a slice of heaven. Others might think of it as isolated at best and the last place they’d want to live at worst. Needless to say, there is not a lot of traffic passing in front of our home. We get the post man six days a week, the UPS man when we order something from civilization and the FedEx man once in a blue moon along with the occasional curious local checking out what’s going on up our road.

So when there is a knock on our front door, it is an extremely rare event. There was that lady a few months back who was lost and looking for someone we had never heard of. She didn’t even have a street address, so we shrugged our shoulders and sent her on her way. Then there is the neighbor from down the road who stops by every few months to see if the damn Yankees have died and are stinking up the place.

You get the picture! Continue reading It Takes a Village…

Shadows

Shadows

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

Elevation changes the way the sun and atmosphere interact. In the visible spectrum, colors and contrast appear to be especially clear and sharp, at least to this set of eyes. It is one of the joys I experience living at 3,000 feet. Not so high that it causes shortness of breath, but high enough so humidity levels in general are lower and the air is clearer.

The last few days up here on the mountain have been a joy to behold. Very low humidity, clear skies and temps in the mid 70's are a dream come true. Two evenings ago I decided to partake of the front porch rocking chair and enjoy the setting sun and scenery. It was spectacular.

Anyone who has followed me for a few years knows I enjoy the interplay of light and shadow. It is one of the reasons the fall and winter months are so special to me, particularly up here on the mountain where the low humidity and elevation seem to energize the contrast.

While the spring and summer seasons have their own special magic, there are less days where it all comes together to produce the dazzling contrast I love so much. The other day, especially the evening, was one of those glorious days. Continue reading Shadows

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

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The other night, Mrs. Cog and I streamed a movie about an obviously intelligent man (some might say brilliant) who constantly got himself into, and out of, tight spots and life threatening situations. The show was well written and entirely plausible, believable even. In fact, it reminded me of some people I know…and maybe even a little bit of me.

At one point near the end, Mrs. Cog turned to me and quipped, “For such a smart person, he’s really quite stupid”. I quickly rose to the characters defense, claiming it wasn’t stupidity that compelled him to do stupid things, but his huge outsized ego that drove him into and out of trouble at every turn.

But my answer didn’t sit well with me, similar to a late night meal that sits in the belly rather than digesting. You just know there’s going to be trouble if you don’t promptly address it.

Of course Mrs. Cog was correct; this smart man was consistently doing stupid things. And as Forrest Gump famously said in the movie by the same name…”stupid is as stupid does”. Ultimately we are measured by our actions and not our intent, desire or intelligence. Regardless of our reason, if we’re doing stupid things we can rightfully be classified as stupid. Continue reading Stupid Is As Stupid Does

A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

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It has been a somewhat dry spring so far. Not dust bowl dry, but rather a lack of vibrant green dry. During a more 'normal' spring up here on the mountain, there’s usually that point during the early tree bloom when it appears there are a thousand shades of green everywhere you look.

Not so much this year. There is still plenty of green, but much less contrast.

What we do have is a massive weed bloom where the normally dark green grass would be. Weeds cope well in dry conditions and tend to hog all the available water, effectively crowding out the grass. When moisture is abundant, the opposite tends to occur.

Though to be honest, we don't have 'grass' so much as we have closely mowed hay fields. I'm not sure the previous owners ever actually planted grass everywhere they cleared. And if they did, it is slowly being overwhelmed by Mother Nature’s own version of a green carpet.

Regardless, it has been dry. Therefore we have been closely watching the weather reports for signs of rain. To help matters along I did an Internet search the other day for the proper technique used to conduct an old school rain dance. I decided to skip the idea when there was mention of naked dancing. Poor Mrs. Cog can only tolerate so much. Continue reading A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

What would you do if I told you not to think about elephants? Yeah, I thought so. Me too!

Effective denial of a subject or thought is actually quite difficult to achieve on a consistent basis, particularly if it carries with it great emotional weight and impact. While the elephant mentioned above might have instantly popped into your mind the moment you read the words, by now it’s beginning to fade from memory…except for the fact I just mentioned it again.

Sorry!

But witnessing an elephant stampede, possibly being endangered by one, or someone being cruel to the animal, beating it mercilessly to compel a certain behavior, might actually leave a lasting impression that is extremely difficult to extinguish. Memory is an interesting phenomenon, one which encompasses sight, sound, smell, taste and touch into a billion different combinations carefully customized to each individual psychology. Continue reading We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken