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The sun sets on another day...

Wow.

There is so much going on in the world. How can we possibly see it all? There are things going on all around us and we get lost in our moments with technology and more. A long time ago I wrote about similar here.

As you saw yesterday I got a nice picture of the owl who is frequenting the area. In fact I got about 600 or so, but that was not all. I watched as people drove by the owl, oblivious to this beauty even a few feet away. When he flew off I found myself face to face with a hawk. No one else even gave it a nod, but I took dozens of pictures of the hawk as well. Then I watched the reflection of the lighthouse as it shimmered ever so slightly on the lake, then I watched the shimmer on the waves of a golden sun, then the ice on the wave torn rocks. Still I watched. 

I know, I know, perhaps I am overthinking, but from the smile of a child to the soaring eagle above there are so many things to notice, why aren't we noticing? Are you?

My suggestion, put down the distractions for a while and pay attention to the world. There are stunning things to see all around you that you will never get the chance to see again, and you may not even know they are there. So I watched the hawk at the top of the pole and then he slipped gracefully to the earth, only to be ignored again until suddenly he was off, carrying a rat in his talons. With much of the world oblivious to it all. Perhaps that is where we should look today and tomorrow, perhaps we should look at the world with a little more in our minds, our hearts, and well, our brains too.

So as the sun sets on another day, well, are we paying attention? The world is a fascinating place with a series of nearly impossible events happening all the time if we just look for them. Open your eyes, see past the mundane and journey into the world of the wild, the scary, the unintentional and maybe step across into the fantastic. Do it all you can, and live a more than wonderful life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile at the birdie, and love to the moon and back...

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The sun sets on another day...

Today was clear as clear could be, and the sky as blue as the word implies. After a call I headed down to the beach and there was an Owl waiting as advertised. There I sat, for almost 600 pictures, watching the owl watch over all of us. He was curious of the dozens who came and went, and finally, with a blast he flew off to the east to watch over something else.

I often wonder who is watching who in the world. We hear about people watching people all the time. There are positives, negatives, and others that are all over the news. We watch our children, and as we grow older our children may watch over us. There are those that give their lives to watching others, and those that never know they are being watched. So which one are you?

Did you decide? How do you see yourself? Are you the silent watcher keeping track of everyone? Are you the person who is unaware in the world? It is a choice, but what choice do you make every day?

I am usually a watcher. No, not a Mr. Creepy watcher, I pay attention tot he world as it revolves and pay close attention to the people close to me, and the people a little further away. Now I try not to interfere, but I sometimes reach out and try to help if I think it is necessary, and sometimes I just stay quiet, because quiet sometimes is necessary.

Today as I watched the owl, and he watched me and everyone else, I smiled for a minute knowing that somewhere, someone was watching. It was probably my dog watching me, she does all the time.

So as the sun sets on another day, watch over those that need watching over, and cut a little slack to those watching over you, after all, you never know when you might need them.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the evening...

 

 

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The sun sets on another day...

I was rummaging around in statistics today and wanted to share a few. I have done this from time to time just to give everyone an idea of who is out there. It also helps me to understand a little about who I am writing to today.

So, for the last 2 months in 2018 about 500 unique people visited the site. they represent mostly the United States of America and Canada. It is interesting to note that Ireland and China are really close to Canada. Most people look at 2 pages when they are here. It is random where they go, but about 90% of the time.

I was surprised that most are on an iPhone when the go to the site. Second is Windows 10, then a variety of other systems. If you are the person (1) on Windows XP, consider an upgrade soon.

I only get a few searchbots. That was a surprise. 50% of the people logging on are on mobile systems. The most read post for the last 2 months was "Important People". The second most popular was "For Every Beginning". Both have been read a lot, but one is about a group of authors, and the other is a long post about people and concepts. Even though both posts are older, they continue to get hits daily.

I was surprised an older post called Jumping the Waves has one of the highest number of votes on it. Many pictures are close. Usually there are just a few votes a day, the highest number of votes every given is close to 50.

The highest referrer to the site is Facebook, but more people still come independent of Facebook and read for a few. The most searched word on 29000sunsets is "fear" and I am not sure why, but it may be from a post "The Face of Fear" which is highly read or for one of several links to scary short stories I have written. the second most popular search is happiness which comes up with a variety of posts, 52 posts contain the word happiness, and I would have thought there would have been more.

There are currently 1289 posts of varying definitions. There are about 60 that were turned off or never released as I considered them too dark, too dismal, or went of to some la la land that was not where I should have been. This leaves over 1200 posts with all but a few concurrent since I decided to write every day in late 2015. This means sometimes I doubled up, but usually I write once per day and post a picture with it.

I have most used my pictures, but Gary Samples, a friend, is second and I have linked to his pictures a considerable number of times.

So what does it matter?

If you are reading this far, well, we are in it together. I have been careful not to place ads, be too goofy, maybe a little, and not to make this a place for over commercialization. I am told that costs me. I could take advantage of this venue a little more, but it is a great place to try to lift people up, and not bombard them with useless ads, or silly political jargon. Maybe just maybe we are a little better off knowing we are in this together, and knowing you are not alone in skimming by from time to time.

I am well into the fourth book and it will be the longest yet. I also will be starting a new series after I finish the fifth book. Sometime in the next few days I will offer a preview to the new series via this site and ShortStorySite.com. In the end, I like to write and enjoy the stories that I put out and become a part of each day.

I know, I know, boring. If you want to read a new story I have written, see it here.

So as the sun sets on another day, thanks for being a faithful follower if you are, and thanks for visiting if you are just a visitor. Enjoy the day, enjoy the moment, be happy with yourself and try to be happy with those around you. Challenge your passion always, and take your limits to new limits. In the end, you are amazing and I believe in you, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the night...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sun sets on another day...

I was thinking today as my stomach gurgled and growled like a rabid hyena, that there are a lot of fun things in the world that seem funny but actually are pretty useful. Things like sporks aren't exactly a spoon and a knife, but they work pretty good when you need them to because they can be used for several things.

So there are a lot of people out there that are as useful as a spork and a little bit off, well, like a spork. I like these people because they seem to make the world a better place. I find a lot of writers and artists, business men, and not so businessy men. I have seen men, and women and a few children be these sporks that try to solve everything. You know what, they seem to be everywhere, and sometimes nowhere.

What amazes me is that they exist at all. People who truly want to be everything, people who want to make a difference. People who are the support for the times you need a spoon, and the times you need a little more. These people go the extra mile, and in the process they define what a little more should be. Don't you think we should all the like that?

So as the sun sets on another day. Spork around the room, be something that is useful even if you have to be a little odd, and make the world your broccoli, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be a little bit more...