Friday, September 20, 2013

Where the Living is Easy

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Next to the ocean, the ceaseless sound of the waves coming in to shore and retreating can be a wonderful and relaxing sound.

How about in the mountains? Those peaks soaring into the sky offer shelter and strength to anyone brave enough to pass through the foothills into the high peaks.

I love architecture, and this house in the mountains is truly wonderful. The
way that the designer worked with the environment to create something
large but hidden - it's just beautiful. 

Would you want to live in the desert? Although water is scare, beauty is everywhere and humans have lived in desert environments for millennium, learning how to harvest what little moisture exists.

Desert homes often look as if they have arisen from the very sands that
surround them. Ideally they rise from the soil and finally return to that same
soil when they are abandoned.

Why not choose a cabin at lakeside? The fish are biting, water availability isn't a problem, and the sunrises/sunsets over the lake while the song of the loon echoes is unbeatable.

This Chinese lakeside house is so pretty! 

Or...would you rather just live in a place where your life isn't in danger when you leave your home to get food for your family.  A place where gunfire doesn't pepper the days and nights. A place where allowing your children to play in the park doesn't put their lives into danger.

It should be safe for children to play in the park together. But in too many
cities that's too unsafe to allow. That's a tragedy that will scar a generation or more. 

So as we end our week, think about where you want to live and the environment around you. Is the area you want to be in safe for you? If so, you're lucky. If not, what can you do to help change that situation. And if you are one of the fortunate ones in a safe, secure location, what are you doing to help others who are less fortunate in their living situations?

I wanted to find out where this was taken, but no luck. It's members of
the Texas National Guard playing with these young girls, and I
suspect it probably is Haiti, but I don't know for sure. 

Have a great Friday!

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