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Live from the back porchPosted Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at 11:41 PM
I really haven't done any stream-of-consciousness writing for too long a period of time.
Got to thinking about that tonight while just lounging on the back porch in the dark.
Some folks dislike the dark of night. I sometimes find it relaxing.
Moon's shining through broken clouds. Quite a pretty sky tonight, and it looked even better when the clouds resembled a bright, blueish-white blanket while ago.
Quiet, too. Just the crickets, lots of 'em, (makes me think of being beside a country stream) and the occasional roar of a neighbor's central air unit. It was off earlier, and things were even quieter.
Relaxing's just what I needed tonight.
Occasionally I tend to shoot off my mouth when I should take a more positive and proactive approach to things bothering me, and I really hope I haven't left anyone mad at me lately. I can get frustrated easily at times, I'm sometimes not reflective enough about things, plus I have sort of a competitive nature. In other words, I'm human.
Then come nights like tonight. Just slow down and think.
Memories of the past, worries and restful thoughts (what a contrast…) about the present, and wonders about the future; lots of things just bouncing around in my head.
Distraction: Bird's singing way off in the distance. Wonder what's going on there.
Dog's barking. And another one. Can't help but wonder what dogs' messages are when they bark.
Something's rustling around in the bushes nearby. Can't see what it is, probably just the gray cat that wanders the neighborhood alone each night. Sometimes, unfortunately, I can relate to that cat.
Yawn!!! Guess I need to go to bed. Alarm clock'll be going off at 5:15 and I probably should be going to sleep earlier than shortly before midnight.
Wish I could just stay out here tonight, 'cause it'll be too cold before long. Noticed the leaves turning? It's always sort of a downer for me to see summer end.
Good night, y'all. Have pleasant dreams and wake up refreshed.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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