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I am in Naples, Florida right now. Some things are just as I expected. The sun is hot and the weather is beautiful. Some things are different. Golf is pretty much the main past-time here and I am currently the youngest person in the 19th Hole clubhouse. Interesting. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful place to hang out with Dean for a few days while he works from his boss' condo and we squeeze in some play time as well.

On Thursday, one of my friends was talking to me about contemplating lessons from nature, like you find in the Bible: Consider the lilies, consider the ant, etc. There are many thing to be learned just by looking around us.

Here are a few interesting observations from Naples:
1. There is a bald eagle on the golf course who watches your every move when you walk by. Comforting and unnerving at the same time. She is guarding a nearby nest, and I am sure she could probably take my arm off if she deemed it necessary. Be watchful, be alert, care for those you love.
2. Today we took the resident pug in to get his nails trimmed and there were two cats at the veterinary clinic in a large cage. Of course, I went over and talked to them and petted them. Both of them exhibited some unusual movements and it became obvious that they had balance problems. One cat actually fell over while it was standing. That was very strange and I did not ask what their condition was, so I have no idea what was going on. It was so unusual to see an animal known for its grace in movement to be wobbling and mis-stepping. Balance issues might have to do with the tail or the ear canal (head). Guard your head and tail (beginning and ending, top and bottom, front and back) so that you are not caught off balance. We need both ends to stay upright.

This is the view from the plane over some Great Lake south of Toronto.

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steven hamilton said…
my parents used to live near naples. i think i have seen that same eagle, or more likely a different one, when i went to play golf with some friends. i rmember waiting for a friend to play his ball, and watching the eagle watch his every move. i kept thinking, is she going to swoop in and carry off something or just bulgeon him with deep cuts from thopse huge talons!! but we played through and got away unscathed.

i hope your time there was pleasant...

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