State of Mind

Newport, Oregon. January.  2016

The sun is setting, throwing its last rays of light down onto the streets and into the crooks and corners. The wind is brisk, and my daughter and I walk the pier with our collars up and our chins down. The fishing boats have come in from the ocean, and the men have settled their crab traps down on pallets behind the buildings.

They all wait for tomorrow so they can start again.

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We try to teach our children about the value of hard work; the importance of manual labour to strengthen their minds and their bodies; the meaningfulness of being in the outdoors; the beauty that is calloused hands and sweaty brows. But it’s hard, because their moments of idle play outside in the sun, the rain, and the snow, and their willingness to do hard work, have been usurped, disrupted, by Steve Jobs’ and Bill Gates’ toys.

Sigh.

“If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, and sick.”

John Steinbeck in a letter to Adlai Stevenson.

1959.

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: State of Mind : “Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them.”

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6 thoughts on “State of Mind

    • Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for the wonderful compliment! Newport was lovely. We were there just after Christmas before heading home to Canada, and we will definitely go back.

      (We have the same rule! it really gets my dander up when you see families in restaurants and the kids are all head first into their phones…)

      Have a great day!

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    • Yes, it’s gotten quite out of hand, hasn’t it? Or rather, too much in hand…
      At any rate, I couldn’t believe how prophetic that statement is (was?), when you look at what’s happening now, what with our culture of excess..

      Oh boy, I’d better stop! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

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