Places

Dania Beach

When we lived in Florida, we’d often choose to drive over to Dania Beach, because it was much less crowded than Hollywood or Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Sometimes you’d barely see someone else there and we loved that sort of quiet isolation. We’d set up our blanket and enjoy the sound of the gentle waves lapping the shore, the tropical breeze blowing through the palm fronds and mangrove leaves, punctuated by the occasional pelican calls or seagull caws. Sometimes we’d go there in the evenings and walk along the ocean shore, cooled by gusts of night wind coming in from the deeper waters.

Here is a gallery of 41 photographs I’ve taken there at various times. I included some images from the nearby Intracostal Waterway, too. I had many more of these photographs, but I experienced some data loss in recent years. Enjoy the ones I’ve still got! 🙂

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A Guide To A Good Life

The importance of home

It is truly important to have a place you call home, a place where you feel at home. It roots you, it provides you with a sense of belonging, it contributes to your mental health and it goes a long way toward making your life longer and healthier. The more time I spend in our home and the more effort I put forth making it our home, the more I get out of it: peace, relaxation, belonging. You could almost call it a symbiotic relationship where the house will take care of you if you take care of it. I hope you get to experience this in your own lives. There are more things I talk about in the video, so please watch and enjoy!

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Thoughts

A bouquet of yellow tulips

Here’s my invitation to you to take a few minutes out of your busy day and relax by focusing on these photographs of yellow tulips and thinking quiet, beautiful thoughts. I guarantee you’ll feel refreshed after this!

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Thoughts

The evening fire

On chilly spring nights, few things top a nice, warm fire in the open air. Join me for one such occasion, won’t you? Set this video to play in full screen, tilt your chair back, grab a glass of your favorite drink and relax with me.

Enjoy!

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Thoughts

Cat spaghetti

Our kittens (and I can still call them that, because they’re only about a year old) love to cuddle up together when they sleep. They have their little bed, and that’s where you’ll find them most of the time, sleeping and purring — a big, intertwined mass of furry cuteness. It’s sort of like spaghetti in a bowl. 🙂

Some people have asked me whether they’re related after they saw the video. Bubu and Tira are brother and sister. The others are unrelated. Sasha was adopted in Sibiu, RO. Zuzu was adopted in Bucharest, RO, along with Bubu and Tira, but they’re from different parts of the city. The wonderful thing is they all get along quite well. Sure, they’ll argue a bit from time to time, but overall, they love each others’ company.

My little cat spaghetti is indeed a recipe for relaxation!

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Places

An afternoon in the park

Video from a nice, quiet, late-autumn afternoon we spent in Grosvenor Park (North Bethesda, MD).

One of the last few great days of autumn before winter set in.

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Video Log

Burning embers in our fireplace

We have a wood-burning stove in the room where I do my work, and on cold or rainy days, I’ll light a fire and turn around to watch it from time to time. It’s calming, and those of us who sit in front of the computer all day long need to take some time every now and then and focus on other things.

I thought it’d be fun to show it to you, so I made a video of burning embers (the glowing, red remains of the burnt wood) as they slowly disintegrate.

Tell me, after watching it, don’t you feel more relaxed?

I thought so.

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