Women Are Stronger Than Men!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

I love it when you don’t know I’m taking your picture. Is this just another Kodak moment for an amateur photographer? Not at all, these moments are very special to me as I just get to [silently] stand back and enjoy not only the beauty of the surroundings, but you. It’s interesting, while you’re having your own moment, I’m having my own. I’m in awe that you’re able to just separate the world out and bask in the moment of nature’s heavenly bliss. Is your mind quiet, are you actually slipping away and allowing peace and tranquility in? You look so calm, so relaxed…a goddess of humility and serenity.

Alas, my own moment, which I’m not sure you really know about [until now] is powerful all in its own right. It’s truly not a physical thing either, though indeed you have always been, and will continue to be, the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on, but these moments delve much deeper than skin. You always wanted to know what I think, well I guess here’s a glimmer of sorts into my mind and the chaos within! Don’t be alarmed, it’s not all bad, there is much good inside too, thanks to you and the gentle persuasion you’ve had on me over the years to bring a better view of life to my often developed conspiracy theories!

So just what am I thinking about lately, when it comes to you…us? I’ll try to just stick to the G-rated material! However, of late, and you more than deserve to know this, along with every other woman in the world who does not get credit for the inner hell they go through just for being a woman. I am dumbstruck what you go through on any given day, but especially now in this time of your life when you should be kicking back after having had children, raising them and putting up with me all those years. Here you are being dealt yet another blow for no other reason than being female. What men are indeed clueless to is how damned determined and strong women can be!

You’ve given birth three times, and that alone gives you bragging rights over all men when it comes to enduring pain. But now, you’re dealing with what many men consider nothing more than a dramatic [ongoing] episode of instability. So far from the truth, and if there were any truth to it it’s because of what you are dealing with, alongside the opposite sex being ignorant to what it truly is. In short, menopause is a cruel and unjust evil that seemingly leaves nothing untouched, your body, mind and soul suffer for no other reason than being a woman…and I hate that for you.

I can imagine that many a divorce have occurred during this stage in life. I can see why many women have just laid down and called it quits. Though I would never condone such behavior, I see why many men run…but that’s their own ignorance and inability to deal with something they know nothing about. I can’t imagine being inflicted the way you are on all levels of your being and wanting to get up each and every day to go about your daily life. And yet, somehow you do. And not only for yourself, but for me, our family and the life we have together. You push through the incredible effects of a physical drudgery and an emotional hell to watch over us. Again, I’m in awe.

So yes, when I find that moment where you’re sitting calm, allowing a moment of peace, I don’t want to bother you, even though I just want to race over and embrace your body, your soul and your mind and be one with you in that moment. I have to fight back the urge and give you a few minutes, if that, where you can be rewarded what you’re owed for being so strong when you’re putting up with so much, and at no fault of your own, other than being a woman. An amazing woman at that! Fight on Beautiful, you inspire me.

Peace,

The “M” in MAD :)

The Eyes are the Window to the Soul

Bighorn

Bighorn Sheep – Waterton Canyon, CO

Silence Is Golden

Chasm Lake [11,800'] at Rocky Mountain National Park

Chasm Lake [11,800'] at Rocky Mountain National Park

How many ways can you say “WOW” when that moment of anticipation arrives? And yet, there we stood, after several hours of uphill hiking through diverse mountain zones only to find ourselves standing in silence as our goal stood before us. Sometimes there just aren’t words to describe how you feel…silence takes over and facial expressions tell the story of your intense moment.

There we were, our weekly encounter with nature intertwined with our raw unfiltered selves and all we could do was stare silently at the immense landscape before us. Eyes wide, mouths open, bodies numb as nature’s awesome glory held us in its grasp for just a moment that we would know just where and what we are in the vastness of the cosmos and how there is much much more to life than day in day out man made existence.

Our hike on this day was an 8.5 mile alpine journey to Chasm Lake [11,800'] which sits at the base of Mt Meeker [13,911'], Longs Peak [14,259'] and Mt Lady Washington [13,281'] in the high country of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

See the photos of this latest MAD adventure on our Facebook page

Peace,

MAD :)

Who Do You Think I AM?

Mt Evans, CO - Sunrise Meditation at !4,265'

Mt Evans, CO – Sunrise Meditation at 14,265′

Who am I? Or, more notably, who am I to you? A loaded question no matter how you turn it! Seems we spend our entire lives in transition developing ourselves into the beings we perceivably want to be all the while retaining the right to make changes at any given time. When do those changes [real and personal] take place, generally out of intense situations. The following is exactly that… real, intense and personal. Are we still in transition, you bet, and most likely will always be. The next time you think you know someone, or feel like judging them or just want to make a quick assessment of why someone is the way they are, you might want to stop and think, we all have our own personal hell we’re either going through or have been through.

Read on at Elephant Journal – “What ‘Be Authentic’ Actually Means”

Peace,

MAD :)

And To Think I Almost Didn’t Go

The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park

The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park

Ever had one of those mornings where you didn’t want to get up? Sure, we all have. Today was one of those days, just leave me alone to die. Coffee won’t fix the clouds in my head, Advil won’t get rid of the pain in my body and by and far…I just didn’t feel like being alive this morning. Of course the stubbornness kicked in and I got dressed, put all the gear in the truck and we headed out for a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park that we had never been on before. The Loch [10,200'] is an amazing 6 mile roundtrip hike up to an amazing high country lake surrounded by snow capped peaks! After we made the lake I couldn’t believe I almost didn’t go! Hell, before we made the lake I couldn’t believe it. What an incredible day in Colorado. Awesome weather, great trail conditions and at my side my best friend and soul mate [the "D" in MAD]. See the photos of our outing to The Loch on the MAD Facebook page.

Peace,

MAD :)

How We Made it 30 years: A Letter From My Husband

How We Made it 30 Years

How We Made it 30 Years

It seems that everyone else knows the secret to making marriages last—everyone except for us.

It seems that speculation abounds as to which relationships and marriages will last for any length of time, and for how long.

Everyone has ideas about what it takes to have lasting lifelong love, and what should and should not be taking place in a couple’s life for a relationship to be healthy.

But, what does it take to keep love and a marriage strong?

Now, I know there are a plethora of helpful books, articles and blogs written that discuss just this topic. I should know—I have been reading these since the beginning of our marriage. Well before that, if I’m being honest.

Countless references, I couldn’t even begin to guess how many, from every angle and perspective—religious, spiritual, psychological—and from couples that want to share how they made it to 10, 15, 20, or however many years. I have really appreciated all that they had to say, and I still read them, but from a very different perspective—one where I look to see if we live or have applied any of the suggestions they have made.

It’s dizzying to keep up with it all.

Yu know how it goes…the proper way of conducting yourself during the dating phase, best types of premarital counseling, making sure to stay in shape, always looking your best, saying I love you, not going to bed angry, having date nights, keeping sex alive, developing your own interests, having time apart to miss each other, learning each other’s love languages and so many other dos and don’ts.

Some of these things we’ve done and some we haven’t, and I know that some would definitely not work for us and that we understand some concepts entirely differently than another couple who reads them.

As I sit here, 30 years into a marriage with a man that I adore and love more than I adequately know how to put into words, I can’t honestly give an answer as to how we have been together all these years. All I know is that I love him with every fiber of my being: body, soul and spirit!

Love is more important to me than anything else that this world has to offer, it will be all that will matter to me in the end.

I asked my husband the same question: How have we been married 30 years after marrying so young? His response brought me to my knees, though I’m not sure it provided any clear answers. I’ll let you be the judge.

Click here to read the letter my husband wrote in response [published on Elephant Journal]

Peace,

MAD

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I Wasn’t Thinking at the Time

I Wasn't Thinking at the Time

I Wasn’t Thinking at the Time

How does one speak out against the norm and not incriminate themselves? Standing in opposition to the societal medium that seemingly is at odds with everyone, though accepted by most, perhaps as an acknowledgement to “that’s just the way it is” on the one hand feels like a personal exodus and self realization, and yet on the other hand it feels almost criminal on a communal level to have such private theorizations. And the masses respond, “you’re nuts, you’re just being rebellious or perhaps you’re just envious…” The list of responses [or excuses] from the critics is long and tiring to say the least.

Talking about hanging over a barrel! Are the business and political leaders of the world really driving us into a corner without a fight or are we believing that it’s just all part of change in the way we do things? Sure, whatever. Perhaps feeling like you’re going crazy as a result of living outside the box is just what happens when you give up and let it be. Who’s fight is it anyway? Either blend in and deal the best you can or find your own private Idaho disappearing from time and humanity altogether. Isn’t that what everyone wants anyway, to not make waves, be quiet and blend? Moral justice seems to be upside down and redefined, if it exists at all.

Sell your soul or find yourself is life’s question in a rotten and objectionable culture that seemingly breeds spiritless responses from the masses. Who has the energy to even care? Check in and fight or check out and withdraw are the only viable options, both requiring mass energy output to sustain the outcome, while accepting it as the norm requires little if any response other than dying to self. Where has passion gone? Where is love? Has uniqueness and evolutionary creativity been subjugated to the lifeless abyss along with common decency for our fellow man? The darkness is as cold as the blackest night spent alone without a voice to calm the fears of what our imaginations can produce.

Does not religion and philosophy overcome during our dark times? Or are our great thinkers and heartfelt leaders of our supposed moral institutions delving deeper into their doomsday renderings claiming all is on track with what will be? The end is near therefore do nothing and wait for it. Yeah, well the sun did rise this morning and the energy of that sunrise is telling us another day has dawned and it’s once again time to get up, live and try to overcome what indeed is creeping in as a cancerous and malevolent entity.

The evil man has within him to destroy on all levels of the human existence is no more than a personal choice. Indeed, there is within all people the exact opposite, what are anyone of us influenced by and listening to at any given moment in time is a question to ponder as we all live with the consequences of those decisions. Are the choices we make made from a well balanced and educated approach or do we follow the memes of our culture. Needless to say we all live and die by the choices we make, regardless if they come to fruition or not. Was it a right choice and can you live with yourself after making it is something we will all decide in the privacy of our own minds. To say “I wasn’t thinking at the time” is an impossibility, you were and you made your choice, now we all have to live with it…

What we do in the shadow of other’s choices is our own, we choose how to respond and move forward, we choose to perpetuate the same negative energy or move forward in a positive way. No victim mentality here, we own our choices and responses to how we’ve been treated and should act out of our own and not blame someone else just because they treated us badly otherwise the cycle continues.

Peace,

MAD :)

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Let it Snow!!!

Ascent to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

Ascent to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

Our excitement has been mounting lately as the weather in Colorado is beginning its seasonal change from long warm days to short, cold and snowy events. Not to worry, we’re ready for the snow and can’t wait to dust off the snowshoes.

After a quick moving storm dumped several inches of snow in the high country this past week we headed up the first chance we got to check out the conditions and see nature in its raw form. Blue Lake is in the Indian Peaks Wilderness at just over 11,000′ and offers spectacular mountain views. Unfortunately those views were put on hold for clouds, fog and snow squalls moving in unannounced…all the better!

This was just the sort of hike we needed to get our snow legs back on for the fast approaching winter hiking season. Indeed,  an amazing day full of all types of weather and trail conditions. See our latest outing photos on the MAD Facebook page, enjoy.

Peace,

MAD :)

Let Creativity Reign

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather flock together…hmmm. Interesting the terms we use on a day in day out basis, but do we ever think about them…challenge them…indeed, are we going to compare ourselves to the animal kingdom? I guess that’s a can of worms, but don’t say that with a bird around! It all sounds like a meme if you really think about it. Interestingly, the very word [according to Webster] is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. Question is, why? Is what’s good for the goose good for the gander really true, or is it what we want to be true?

OK, enough cliche remarks! What we want to know is where’s individuality in today’s society? Be yourself, and by and far, be honest about being yourself. We seem to be so stricken with “what’s acceptable” that we lose self in the process and strive to be what’s popular. Look around, who is doing their own thing on any given level of the human experience? Most of us are so ingrained with societal norms we probably don’t know any better. We’ve all been infected by this mind numbing generator to some degree, and there’s certainly no place, institution or organization that is not exempt from its grasp. We all do what we believe to be acceptable and right through our own upbringing to the nth degree. Flock together if you must, but please, put on your own colors, listen to your own beat and let creativity reign.

Peace,

MAD

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Changing Seasons

Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

In what seemed like a blink of an eye, the amazing gold colors of the aspens in the Colorado high country have given way to signs of winter. Fresh snow is now becoming the dominant feature, not to mention those cool morning temperatures along the trail. Not to worry, each season has its own unique beauty and the experiences that go with them. We eagerly await the full onset of winter, dusting off our snowshoes and hitting the trail with eyes wide open to see what nature has in store in the coming months. As we’ve often stated, the same trail in different seasons always produces different and unique outings, we’ll take them all.

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Peace,

MAD :)

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