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“how many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” ― coco chanel

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my class was interested in learning about snow

they knew that it:

comes from up there 

falls down to the ground

is cold

tastes like peppermint 

and 

you can make stuff out of it. 

they wanted to learn about snowplows

so we invited our school’s snowplow driver

over for a visit

everyone put on their winter gear 

headed outside 

where he

showed them his truck

put on the lights 

moved the plow up and down

and 

pushed the snow around the circle

then

we invited him into our room

to ask him questions

and learn more about him

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he told the kids

to call him roger

he was very gentle and kind

he has been here for 28 years

this is his last snowplow winter

he answered every single question 

 listened to every single comment about snow

 they asked him what he does

when he’s not plowing

 they were surprised

he lives on 20 acres

has fainting goats, black swans and an aviary of 500 exotic finches

 decorates peoples houses for the holidays

is a father and grandfather 

and

a horticulturist 

who helped to create the children’s garden at our school

he is more than what they saw

when they saw him plowing the snow

now they know him as a person

now they will wave to each other

now they know how he helps our community

now they know how much more there is to his story

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 when he was finished 

and it was time

for him to go back to his work

the children gathered around him and gave him hugs

they know a good person when they meet one.


“i  hope I didn’t bore you too much with my life story.” – elvis presley

“nothing is so strong as gentleness. nothing is so gentle as real strength.” – frances de sales

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ann arbor’s mayor chris taylor,

supporting

the childrens’ peace and unity march.

i am so proud of my city

and

the compassionate hearts within.

“master the divine techniques of the art of peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.”
— ueshiba

 

getting out of woodstock.

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it took

3 cars

2 buses

1 plane

and

a gaggle of

very friendly people

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like

blogger friend/ sports/movie/ music/life stories writer

syracuse mark

of

https://markbialczak.com

and

his lovely wife, karen

who met me along the way

to

share a lively dinner

and

a leg of the journey with me

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and

of course

my final psychedelic trip back through the airport 

to find my way home again

after woodstock.

“so it’s been kind of a long road,

but it was a good journey altogether.”

-sidney poitier

image credit: life magazine, beatnik highway

kind people.

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 to all of the kind people who i met along the way

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keiran, who helped me navigate my way to ireland

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bronwyn, who shared adventures with me

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karen, who shared more adventures

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the morgan clan,  who treated me like one of their own

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robin, the keeper of the castle 

and

all of the many strangers

who i crossed paths with

and

 who became friends 

like tric, my long lost irish sister

welcoming me 

into their

homes, villages, fields, seas,

castles, towns, farms, churches, hotels,

gardens, inns, pubs, and country manors 

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and of course

the friendly barkeepers

who were always there and ready to help

with questions answered

and shared stories

wherever i happened to land

i am truly grateful to one and all for making it so special for me. 

“in everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.

it is then burst into flame by an encounter

with another human being.

we should all be thankful

for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

– albert schweitzer