Tiny Houses Old Style

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Recently, we visited the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Maryland. 


It simulates the route and challenges that runaway slaves had to face in seeking their freedom. 


While I am certain that the suffering endured was in no way captured here, I thought it was still beneficial to have people sensitized and thinking about these horrible historical events around slavery.


Aside from the hiking trail, there were these amazing tiny houses from the 1800’s.


The wood cabins and stone houses were so cute, but also so inviting. 


If I had to live in a Tiny House, these looked sort of incredibly charming. 


HGTV tiny living spaces–like the one we saw last night that had only 200 feet and was really awkward–have nothing on these tiny gems. 


The matching tiny trees were also a very nice effect. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Flower 4 Monday

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Just wanted to share this beautiful flower that I came across on the hiking trail yesterday. 


I have never seen a flower with pedals of pink and white candy stripes like this. 


Like a candy cane or perhaps the outfits that volunteers helping people at some hospitals wear. 


It also has these yellow buds in the center, which add to it’s eloquence.


What magnificent creations that G-d has bestowed on us to enjoy. 


Hope this is a little something to cheer up your Monday and make you even more productive this week. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Nature of Good and Evil

Like in the Bible…


When our forefather Itzchak was about to bless his son Jacob and he said the words (are good) like Jacob, but the hands (deeds) feel like Esau.


Words are cheap, and actions speak volumes louder!


Good deeds mean something, but words are easily manipulated.


We can all spot good deeds, and that is what must guide our judgement of people and situations–that is where the truth rests.


Like my father and grandfather always taught me–some people are good and some are not so good.  😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)

When You Gotta Go

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We went hiking the trails yesterday in Maryland along Rock Creek.

And we came across this makeshift toilet in the woods. 

Surprised at all by what you see? 

Apparently, the hole in the tree wasn’t enough for someone.

They took the liberty of literally hauling a toilet seat out to the middle of the woods here and adding it to nature’s wonders. 

I suppose they must’ve really wanted that homey feeling when they take care of their business. 

Who says America’s has lost it’s creative talent?

From the big cities to the wooded suburbs, we are a nation that does our business and does it extremely well. 

Especially during election time when some politicians can be so very full of it and of themselves. 

Can anyone see why we need to reestablish leadership and competitive advantage in this country? 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

613 Calories

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So today I tested out a hypothesis about seeing 613. 


I tried to do it intentionally. 


I was getting my activity, and lo and behold, I see that I am at 612 calories burned so far. 


Oh, how cool–I can capture 613 in a another second or two. 


And I continue my activity looking intently at the Apple Watch monitor. 


Okay, 613 now!


No, now!


How about now? 


But it doesn’t come. 


I am waiting for it.


It can’t come on my terms.


Next thing I know, the calorie counter jumps from 612 to 616.


I can’t believe it. 


I couldn’t capture the 613 when I wanted to. 


Every other time so far has been–we’ll it’s just been. 


And maybe that’s the whole point. 😉


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

A Beautiful Crane

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I took this photo in Lake Needwood yesterday. 


A most beautiful crane.


Such a long neck, skinny legs, smooth feathers, and a yellow beak.


When it took flight, it was so amazing. 


It’s wingspan was huge. 


And it soared and glided through the trees and into the sky. 


I wish I could have caught it all on video. 


So free, elegant, and graceful.  


There was something almost heavenly about it. 


Imprinted it on my memory–loved it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Back On The Hiking Trail

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Such beautiful weather today–still February, but Spring has sprung!


We went hiking and I am so grateful to G-d after the surgeries of the last couple of years that I can once again start to enjoy Sugarloaf Mountain together with “my sugar.”


Thank you so much Hashem!


On the hike, one brief thing we talked about was how to email (and speak) nicely to other people.


My wife told me something really smart she heard from a colleague at work:


“WHEN you are having strong feelings and want to communicate them to someone…


Sit down at the table.


Pull your chair in.


Write down what you want to say.


THEN…


Imagine the other person is sitting right across from you.


Turn the paper towards them.


Pretend that they are reading from it in front of you.


NOW…


Decide whether you still want to send it that way.”


So much stupid stuff we say and email could be avoided if we just did this little mental exercise in our heads and in our hearts. 😉


(Source Selfie: Us)

Beautiful And Serene Hiking Sunday

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So after lunch out, we went for a little hike at Lake Needwood. 


Today was absolutely beautiful.


The sun was shining bright and emanating warmth, but the air was cool with a breeze–that is the best of all worlds. 


The path was quiet and serene except for some occasional bikers yelling, “On your left”–might as well have said get the h*ll out of the way–one bike, two bikes, three bikes…okay done. 


Dossy and I held hands like newlyweds and just walked and talked along the trail. 


The daily stress and worries seeping out and away–and I am just floating with a renewed peacefulness and gratitude to Hashem.


Thank you all merciful G-d for granting us peace–one of the greatest of all blessings–may it spread around the world and last for all eternity! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Washington Like The Powerful Great Falls

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We went to Great Falls on the Virginia side yesterday. 


It started to rain a little as we got off the highway, and so we started to turn back disappointed. 


But before we got back on the highway, the rain stopped and we continued our “Sunday Funday” trip. 


With 3 beautiful overlooks of the Potomac River–even on a cloudy, chilly Fall day–it was marvelous. 


Because of the changing weather, it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to get right up on the overlooks for some spectacular views and photos. 


At one point a (rescue?) helicopter suddenly pulled up from nowhere beneath the cliffs and was like right there up close in our faces, but we had already started to pull back to the trail and I missed a cool photo that I would’ve like to capture. 


The current of the water is really strong at Great Falls and an average of 7 people die a year there. 


Also, sometimes there is such enormous flooding that the water crests above the high overlooks–75 feet up!–and overflows onto the park’s grounds. 


We watched some climbers scampering along down on the rocks by the water (on the left) as they got close, but not too close to the water’s edge. 


As I think about it, living in Washington, D.C., the capital and superpower political hotbed of the world, the symbolism of being on the edge is not lost. 


Some people wade too far and get overcome by the rising water and powerful currents, and others may be too apathetic or fearful to even get close enough to dip their toe in the muddle. 


Even for those that sincerely care and want to try to make a difference in the direction and future of where we are going–technologically and success-wise–it’s water, water everywhere.


Like Great Falls, DC runs with a powerful current–a lot of it simply running nowhere, much is hidden beneath the surface, but overall with enough force to shape our country’s destiny for better or for worse. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)