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Old Apr 9, 2012, 2:42 PM   #1
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Default Serenity--And How to Achieve It

Our cat Mojo knew the secret to attaining a serene state--a peacful nap was always helpful.
For myself, a morning walk at the lake on a calm (rare as it may be!) Kansas summer morning always personifies what this word means.
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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I'll take your second solution any day. Though your cat does look very serene.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 1:33 AM   #3
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nice take with the lake
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Both are good choices for the challenge. I don't know about Kansas, though...that serenity can turn into a nasty tornado any time!
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It's certainly possible--my friend and co worker in Chapman had her home destroyed 4 years ago by one of those suckers. It trashed the high school, grade school and middle school and a bunch of houses, a number of churches and the funeral home. But where I live, about 15 miles away, I have never even seen a tornado in my 66 years. Unlike a hurricane which destroys a huge area when it strikes, a tornado leaves large areas unscathed. There is much serenity in living here, blue skies, friendly people, open areas, a chance to really breathe without hordes of people breathing down your neck. Those of us who like it are willing to take a chance on a possible tornado. For my friend, people she barely knew helped in the clean up and recovery of possessions. Practically the entire staff of the middle school where we work--in nearby Junction City which the tornado missed--turned out to give whatever help was needed. Homes for the family to stay in were offered, clothing and personal items were donated, a cash donation fund was created to help them--it was pretty amazing.
Here is another scene that I found promoted personal serenity--A lake sunset where two devoted geese were enjoying the serenity of a balmy evening together.
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Interesting facts...15 miles is not that much but yet far enough to stay away from tornado paths.
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Old Apr 16, 2012, 8:21 PM   #7
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That last shot is awesome, definitely serene.
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Old Apr 16, 2012, 9:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for submitting some wonderful shots.
Haven't been thru any tornadoes yet but experienced a few hurricanes. You're right, the swath of destruction for a hurricane can be really wide.
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Great shots, spedangie

I particularly like both lake photos. A real feeling of serenity there to me.

As I live in Australia, a walk on summer mornings are great (particularly if I have a day off work or on Saturdays!)

The two ducks in the bottom of the 2nd lake photo add a very nice touch (and 'loveheart shape' between their necks!)

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