Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thinking Out Loud



When I was a child my grandfather noted that I had 'an alert mind'.
He even put it on a framed photo of me, which he was noted to do.


I never really appreciated/understood what he meant at the time.
Now that I have had a 'few years' to reflect on this ,


it dawned on me that he had noticed that I am usually
'tuned in'  to my surroundings and love details,

Beech tree at Point Pleasant Park

actually, much like he did. He was very attentive to his surroundings
and never missed a thing. He was very alert, and a good thing too,
since he was a policeman and later a private investigator.









27 comments:

  1. Leaves, bark, a perfect tree for the perfect photo. A grandfather who was very wise, and sensitive to your "mind", his words are lovely, and your mind thoughts come through in your blog. Can you guess what my grandfather/s might have said to me, if either had lived long enough? Greetings from Jean

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    1. He was a wise man, Jean, in certain ways.

      Now what would your grandfathers have said of their granddaughter? Probably something along the lines of how gentle a creature you are and how observant you are of the things and people that surround you.

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  2. What a great thing it is to appreciate the small details of life.

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    1. I agree Fiona, as long as it doesn't get carried away.....moderation.

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  3. He recognized himself in you, I'm sure. Actually this reminds me of that old gag motto -- "Be a Lert! The world needs more Lerts!"

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  4. It takes a Lert to know a Lert! You mean my grandfather was a Lert too? Neat!!

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  5. Hello Jim,
    I hold dearly things said to me from my family also, it helps me to remember certain times...
    Beautiful shots, are you still floating!
    Ivan :-)

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    1. Wait a second Ivan, I have to come in for a landing........there, that was nice! lol

      I too hold those things dearly said by members of my family....funny how these 'things' stick in our brains.
      Have a great day.

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  6. what a lovely memory of your grandfather. I loved the pictures as well. I guess that's your alert mind at work, capturing the best photos.

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    1. Actually Karen, for about a year when I was about 12 I used to spent Saturday mornings with him at his office/home in downtown Halifax helping him with his work. He was an interesting character.

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  7. I am so glad that you have an alert mind : ). I love the details you capture. Thankful for your wonderful heritage.

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    1. Becky, I am so glad I have a mind!!! lol
      I guess it would show up in my photos. Having a great Thanksgiving? I bet you are!!

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  8. I really only remember my Grandfather saying and it's not printable. It's great that you have such wonderful memories.

    Cool tree - nice pics, interesting shadows and the lichen of course.

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    1. Actually my other grandfather whom I do not remember at all, was the one like yours.......now his life would be a story for you to write! You would not believe this guy. I better shut up sh-h-h-!

      The Beech tree is my all-time favourite tree....I like its bark, structure and the leaves......especially the purple beech.

      How was your steak?

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  9. I love the fact that your grandfather wrote 'an alert mind' on your picture. What a wonderful thing to do!

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    1. He was an accomplished 'penman' using very stylized calligraphy and he would 'label' most of his photos using it. He had an artist's mind and used it anyway he could.

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  10. I always wanted to be a policeman
    (blue is very slimming)
    have a nice day!

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    1. You would have been a good one John! A no-nonsense kind of guy that you are!!

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  11. our two grandfathers were very different....learned a lot from both of them.....

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    1. Hi Marilyn! I wish I had known Dad's father. You are very fortunate to have spent time with him....an advantage to being the oldest sibling. Yes, these two grandfathers couldn't be more different!! Now THAT would be post!

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  12. Always think its great to be able to notice the little things and be alert to everything around you!

    Lovely post and lovely photos!

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona and Clive!! Sometimes it can be very dizzying to notice too much though!

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  13. Your photos show how tuned in to your surroundings you are. Yay!

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  14. Jim, I shamelessly copied your revolving globe, but on my website, it doesn't display the location name, just the glow dot. Any suggestions?

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    1. Shame on you!! LOL! It's all yours my dear.
      I believe you have to wait till someone is sending a message/comment before the name/location appears. The 'glow dots' from previous commenters(?) stay on the globe. Just watch and I'll send something right now....if you are still there!

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  15. I shamelessly copied Ron's spinning globe because it is so cool!

    I enjoyed your pictures, Jim. Your alert mind is obvious. How wonderful to have a grandfather who noticed and encouraged that trait in you!

    I never knew my grandfathers. My mom's father died when she was 16, and my dad's father died when I was a few months old. I did have some great uncles who stepped up to the plate, but I always wished I could have known my grandfathers.

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