Tag Archives: Thoughts

A little awe is good for the soul

Autumn scene on the Starkrweather Creek

As I walked through Olbrich Gardens this morning, a man was stopped in the middle of the path, staring intently at a mature tree. His back toward me, unaware of my presence, I excused myself to get by. He apologized for being in the way, saying he was just in awe of the beautiful old tree. I agreed as I walked past, saying something about many awe inspiring sights to see today. As I continued to walk over the creek bridge, I thought, any day that gives you feelings of awe, is a good day.

Crossing the bay

railroad tracks cross a frozen bay

Former Milwaukee Road tracks cross a frozen Monona Bay in Madison.

There something about railroad tracks heading off into the distance that make me want to hop on a train and see where they lead. Pity there aren’t any passenger trains around here.