Some places are less lonely than others

A roughly hewn wood and stone bench atop a hill of wildflowers and trees with White Rock Lake in the background (20080518_05572)

Standing atop the hill at Winfrey Point and looking west across White Rock Lake, I am faced with a vast field of wildflowers, the towering presence of trees, and a bench hewn from stone and wood.  Surrounding this spot live the many wonders of a natural oasis tucked neatly into an urban sprawl that constantly presses in from all sides.  Here, in the absence of people, being alone means something quite different—and less lonely—than it does elsewhere.

7 thoughts on “Some places are less lonely than others”

  1. Jason, you are posting too often for me to keep UP!

    A little oasis of peace. Not lonely there…we all need it. Crave it.

    I enjoyed the yellow wildflowers in a previous post. Your writing and artistic eye continues to amaze me.

  2. I’m sorry, Mary! My posting tends to increase when I’m on call since I can’t focus on finishing my first novel. And since I’ve been on call for the past several weeks, I’m afraid I’ve been deluging the blog with a lot more traffic than I normally do. Hopefully things will calm down soon and I can return to a less hectic pace…

    And thank you so much for your sweet compliment. You’re too kind!

  3. "Here, in the absence of people, being alone means something quite different—and less lonely—than it does elsewhere."

    Yes. Mother nature always calms my essence. How wonderfully worded you are!

  4. Thank you for the marvelous compliment, Jade! It’s very much appreciated. I’d like to think I can be a better writer than I am…

    You are so right about nature providing marvelous comfort no matter the circumstances. I rely on her more than I could ever admit.

    And I do believe I’ve been at Starbucks recently, dearest nathalie with an h, yet I don’t believe I’ve seen you there.

    Libby and David? Check. Cedric? Check. Clarence? Check. Cindy? Check. Rick? Check. Helen? Check. Others? Check, check, check, check, check.

    But you? Why, now that you mention it, I think you might be the sole exclusion–save Dina, of course–who hasn’t been there.

    How every interesting…

    Maybe our schedules are just not meshing at the moment.

  5. Guilty as charged! I do not like the new manager and have been going to the Starbucks down the street. Still on the few occasions I’ve made the drive, you were not there.
    Let’s meet this week and talk camera equipment…

  6. I’m thrilled to hear someone else say that. I very much dislike the new manager. It goes without saying that many of the employees feel the same way, not to mention some of the customers I’ve overheard. I’ve considered writing to Starbucks corporate to let them know he has had a negative effect on the business–and to voice my outrage over the district manager banning Michael from the store. Perhaps there’s no better time than the present.

    Yes, let’s talk camera equipment. I’m working the early shift this week, but on Friday I go back on call and can burn some time in the morning before I go to the office. Let me know how your schedule looks and we can go from there.

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