12 years ago when we moved into our Downtown Rogers home, I made a personal project of creating some images of the downtown area for decoration in our house. One of the images that's been sitting in our house for those 12 years is this framed image of 116 E Walnut Street. There was something about the simple doorway, the handwritten street number scotch-taped to the door's window and the mailbox firmly planted in the flowerpot next to the doorway that somehow, made the place interesting to me. To this day, it's still one of my favorites because it hasn't really changed all that much. I'm sure in years to come, it'll be developed into something cool and functional. That mailbox though....that shouldn't change at all.
It's only been a couple of weeks since my trip to Wiser Time, but it seems as if it's been longer. Wiser Time as best as I can describe it, is a name given to a magical place by a magical group of people who find it imperative to disconnect from the fast-paced hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to refresh and recharge. And while there is some debate over the true origin and meaning of the name, most can agree that it directly relates to the physical, mental and spiritual healing qualities that come from intentionally removing oneself civilization and spending time in the great outdoors. Many thanks to the guys who introduced me to this magical place and in doing so, encouraged me to remove myself from everyday life more often.
As I was driving through a town recently, I was struck by this building with no roof. I promptly stopped and parked. As I walked around the premises quietly surveying the remains, I realized that what it lacked in functionality it more than made up for in personality and character. As best I can tell, it was an old automotive store/shop. I'm not sure what happened to the roof, or portions of the actual building. But I can tell you that I felt right at home there.
In lieu of being on the road all week, I'm sharing an image of the Buffalo River Valley from a few years back. I remember this day perfect, as I was alone and hiking through the woods on a cold, cloudy, and rather damp morning. Sometimes, those "less than perfect" conditions are in fact, the most conducive to a thought-provoking, inspiring and altogether, perfect day to be outside. Cheers to the weather in all seasons and to being outside regardless of it.