Saturday, October 25, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Dusk Settles - Life Goes On

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Dusk Settles Life Goes On
A happy group of people enjoy the day, right down to the last minutes of dusk, as the warm, welcoming lights come on, promising comfort and good memories of a fine day spent.

"... Richard watched the happy people playing on the beach. It was getting darker by the minute but they didn't care. They were having the best time, and a little dusk wasn't going to stop them.

He watched, and yet he felt no lightness in his heart. It used to feel good, it used to make him smile to watch others having fun. He'd had plenty himself, and it brought back nice memories... usually. But tonight it wasn't working. He was thinking of her, and he ached.

It wasn't supposed to be like this, their new arrangement. How was he supposed to feel? Where could he put his mind that was a safe place? Where could he escape to that wasn't so painful? He was here, she was there, but then... so was he. How did this happen?

Richard stretched deeply, hoping to work out the tightness growing in his neck and shoulders. It didn't work. He turned on the TV and flipped channels for a while. It made him angry. He could find no safe haven for his hurting heart tonight. It hurt more and more, not less and less. The aching, the longing... the pain... Karma? ..."
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sea Shells, See Shells, Seashells

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sea Shells, See Shells, Seashells
Perhaps you are missing the beach? Perhaps you enjoy the puzzle of finding things amid the many, many shells? Many of us enjoy the chance to sit quietly and paw through the shells, looking for the gems that become treasures in our desk drawers.

"...Petunia crawled up onto the next small seashell that she could manage. Huffing and puffing, she made it to the top and sat down with a sigh. 'How long is this going to go on?', she wondered to herself. 'WHY is this happening?' Of course, there were still no answers. She had been smaller than a tiny seashell for what seemed like days.

It had all started simply enough, sitting on the beach searching through the wave tossed piles of small seashells. She had found some neat little shells and was enjoying the soft, sleepy warmth of the early fall sunshine. Then, she thought maybe she had fallen asleep, but she wasn't sure of that. What she was sure of was that suddenly she was a very tiny little girl, crawling about among seashells that were ten times larger than her. 'Perhaps I should have listened to Mother', she mused. Mother always said 'Careful what you wish for!'..."
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: No Life Guard On Duty: Sand Key Beach

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: No Life Guard On Duty: Sand Key Beach
"... Walter noted the No Lifeguard On Duty sign and grunted with satisfaction as he strode past. "That will only make my job easier" he thought as his searching eyes found the two specs disappearing into the sandy distance. "Yes, run my little ones, run and run and run. You will be tired soon. Then I will catch up to you. Yes."

It was with no small amount of surprise that he suddenly heard the stealthy footstep behind him. It was only a whisper on the sand, but to his trained ears, it might well have been a freight train. His surprise was only surpassed by his sudden, fleeting, regret that his careless focus on the little ones had resulted in his being caught off guard by the owner of the large, powerful hands that were closing around his throat..."
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sand Key Beach Dunes Flower

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sand Key Beach Dunes Flower
Frank and Julia wandered among the dunes in silence, each lost in their own thoughts about what had happened. Julia could not help but wonder how they had come to the place they found themselves today. Frank simply wanted a way to get past it and move forward. From time to time they would hold hands, but it only seemed to last a few paces. Then one or the other would seem to find some pretext to need both hands.

When they came upon the little yellow flower, blooming so cheerfully among the sea oats and sand dunes, it held their attention like a beacon. Almost simultaneously, it reminded them of the little yellow flowers that had bloomed in their garden in Fargo. It was the first house they lived in together, and the memories were rich and happy.

Their hands reached for each other, and suddenly they were hugging tightly to each other. Frank thought he sensed Julia was crying. She whispered into his neck "I really do love you." "And I really love you too" he said. He stroked her hair and felt as though they just might be alright. She pulled back just a little, without letting go of him, and smiled. "Yeah, we'll be alright, won't we?" she said. He smiled into those beautiful eyes that always melted his heart. "Yes, my love, we will be okay."
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Powell And Obama And The Sand Key Beach Sunset

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sand Key Beach Sunset Revisited
Another stunning sunset to close out another stunning day in paradise. And though I find it calming to watch the sun set, looking at my photos always seems to activate my imagination...

"Sir, I still don't understand... why would ask me to join you to watch the sunset? I mean, you're Colin Powell! You're the Secretary of State! What's the deal?"

"First, Barack, I want to make sure you know how to relax. Look at this sunset... it's AWESOME! As Secretary of State, I am often frustrated working for Bush, so I have learned to take in a sunset whenever I can. And when you get to be President, you gotta know how to relax!"

"You sound so certain about it Colin..."

"Well I believe in you Barack, and I told them today 'Barack Obama will be an excellent President of the United States'.

So, in my world of Outrageous Lies, that's how it went down, as Barack Obama and Colin Powell sat on Sand Key Beach watching the sunset.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Litter... Why?

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Sand Key Beach Park Trash Litter... Why?
I just don't understand what is so difficult about the concept of putting our trash in a trash can. It amazes me how often I see people just throw litter on the ground. It makes me want to chase them down and make them eat it. Whew... dialing it down now... I want a phone number I can call and report the license tag when I see people throw trash out their car windows. Litterbugs!

Don't forget: The Clearwater Jazz Holiday ends today in Coachman Park! Click here for the complete entertainment schedule.
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