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Old 04-14-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I'm just pulling your leg, of course. I know what you mean about longing for a little more. That's exactly why I couldn't live in a rural area very long. I like too many things that just aren't available in most rural areas, and I like them too much to have to make a 2 or 3 hour trip.
Point well taken, Naptowner. It's just that, the other day I happened to hear a song from Les Miserables and I recalled seeing a performance in Springfield some years ago (1993, I believe). It got me thinking about the Art Museum Receptions I had attended, and similar lah-de-dah stuff which I had enjoyed often at one point in my life, and which now days, I alternately despise and long for, depending on my mood. Life can be such a paradox at times.

I guess I just need to get a culture fix which should hold me for a while. LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Suffering from culture shock, are you? At dawn, take a cup of coffee or tea out on the porch and watch the sunrise. Listen to the world wake up and the birds call a "Good morning" to the world. Take a walk in the fields or woodlands. Watch a spectacular sunset. Set on the porch during a thunderstorm. Mankind can never produce anything nearly as beautiful as that which you will find in nature. The only difference is you have to be receptive to nature before you can see her beauty. She doesn't, for the most part, knock you down with it.
Y'all take care, y heer?
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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I am always wondering if I am missing something. Of course, that's my nature and I would wonder it if I was sitting in Times Square, so I accept the beauties and pleasure of my rural community.

I have an aunt (by marriage to my mom's bro.) who by nature's accident is unusually, beautiful--long swooping eyelashes, deep set purple eyes, prominent lips, thick, brown hair, regally tall, perrenially thin, stylish, artistic, funny, very bright, kind.............I could go on. I have wondered all of my life, (she is now in her 80s and still gorgeous), if she missed something because economics and place kept her from any notoriety or note.

I know the proper argument is vers how SHE feels, but I just wonder if it's ever frustrating to not show the world or, at least, more of the world who we are. And, maybe that's the point when we feel exiled. Does anyone else wonder such a thing?

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Been there, did that, will never do it again.
I am fortunate to live in a place where they make their own entertainment; where kids will be out for branding today, where food and fun and simple pleasures are shared by people with education and a determined attitude.

I HATED the 'hayseed' environment, where the rednecks all drank beer and shot guns and thought that they were country. I have tasted French cooking in Seattle and San Antone, enjoyed Nawlins cuisine, and have eaten at 5 star restaurants in DC. I have attended Broadway productions and enjoyed them. But nothing beats the smell of grass-fed beef on an open fire, or fresh-baked bread and real cinnamon or caramel rolls in the oven. No one anywhere can compete with the local joyful cheerful talent that makes fun of themselves and their lifestyle.

Sorry, but I moved away from all of that city life and constant hysteria; but when I moved TO a place, I ensured that where I moved had people that were educated, intelligent, and liked a challenge as well as a good time. My knowledge of drama and food has introduced me to a group of folks who are not only accepting but happy to share. Still, I am happiest on my little farm, doing my acreage things - and don't miss the Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Lattes as much as you'd think. Glow where you are...
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I've found that a trip to NYC can be an excellent break every few years. I can eat some interesting food, wander around the Metropolitan Museum and other museums, do some shopping, and after three or four days, think about nothing but going home.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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From my previous post that wondered aloud about a beautiful woman isolated in the country: "... but I just wonder if it's ever frustrating to not show the world or, at least, more of the world who we are. And, maybe that's the point when we feel exiled. Does anyone else wonder such a thing?"[/quote]

Or...."If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it fall, is there sound?"............or-r-r...does it matter that the tree ever existed?
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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From my previous post that wondered aloud about a beautiful woman isolated in the country: "... but I just wonder if it's ever frustrating to not show the world or, at least, more of the world who we are. And, maybe that's the point when we feel exiled. Does anyone else wonder such a thing?"
Or...."If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it fall, is there sound?"............or-r-r...does it matter that the tree ever existed?[/quote]

Come on..........I'm waiting for someone to say, "If the tree is having a good time falling, few people ever need to know the tree...where it grows and what it looks like."

I don't know that I agree...........I'm just wondering what the problem is with living in a small town. Maybe it's more about being seen than seeing.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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masonsdaughter says you have to be receptive to nature.

TRUE !

Since I retired,I take a brisk 2.2 mile walk down a country road.
I am probably the only person who takes a walk with out wearing headphones.

Every day I hear different sounds varying from a bird, the gentle flow of melting snow running thru the culvert, the different sounds of the breeze depending on velocity, a cow bawling for her calf in a distant pasture-------etc.

Wearing headphones , for me, is drowning out the sounds, which are a benefit of taking a walk.

I would no more consider wearing headphones than I would consider wearing blinders so I could only see the road ahead.

Sights and sounds are what make being outside in nature special.
Why deprive yourself of either ?
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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True, Marmac!!

Today I walked the 'back 40' strewing clover and ryegrass seed over some bare spots to help them out. It was misty rain, the bluebirds were singing in the dry grasses, and I heard a cow lowing. As I topped a ridge, there before me was a herd of cattle on my neighbor's property - and closest to our dividing fence was a cow with three adorable little calves! They were playing while Mom was eating, and I could hear them 'talking' and their little hooves on the ground.

Later this summer I'll use my ears to listen for snakes sliding thru the tall grass, or the bees in the cedars humming away, or the rabbits bounding through the brush - then stopping suddenly. The wind, the patter of the rain today - no iPod can match that.

And of course the sound of a tree falling matters - especially to the tree!
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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OK. A beautiful woman is out on the prairie for 86 years. She falls and hardly anyone ever knew her--maybe the 1200 people in the nearby town.

I hope she had a darned good time!
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