Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Okay to be Misunderstood

  You are walking down the side walk with the sun blaring down on you, when you hear the sound of scuffling behind you. You turn around. There is no one there except for a cute, little chihuahua. It tilts it's head to the side and blinks it's big watery eyes. "How cute!" You think. Then suddenly, another chihuahua appears from behind a bush. "Well isn't that strange, another one!" But then, more and more appear until you are surrounded by a herd of chihuahuas, their tiny barks thundering through the air!
  This isn't just fanciful imaginings. Somewhere, wandering the suburban streets of Arizona is a pack of little chihuahuas terrorizing a community. It is a story that is both funny and sad. It is a good example of why neutering and spaying your pets is so important! From the chihuahua packs perspective, they are just trying to live their life's. They found each other and formed a community. 
  Also, I think Chihuahuas are often misunderstood. People think of them as yappers and biters. Every chihuahua I have met has been super sweet. One reason chihuahuas have a bad reputation is because their human friends don't feel as much a need to discipline them. Their owners assume a little dog's bite is harmless and their tiny bark cute. If a dog is not taught to behave, it is not the dogs fault if they act naughty. 
   Something else that is misunderstood are weeds. Weeds are beautiful! Here are some pictures of weeds I took recently one hot day after work.










  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Greenlake Ghosts

  Here are some photo's I took on a sunny day at the lake. 









  Greenlake appears to be quite a cheerful and friendly place. But even vibrant and joyous Greenlake has a sinister side, including rumors of hauntings. In the 1920's, a young woman named Sylvia Gaines was found murdered at Greenlake. Sometimes people say they've seen her ghost wandering around the lake. It is a sad story though. Sylvia moved to Seattle so that she could get to know her father, a man who had been absent from her life for it's entirety. But it may have been her father who murdered her. A jury certainly thought so. He was convicted for Sylvia's murder and put to death. After his conviction was read out in the court room, Mr. Gains remained calm, no emotions racing across his face, no tensing of his muscles. But his brother, also a Seattle resident, sobbed for his brother. It's sad to think of Sylvia not getting to live her life. It's also sad thinking of her eternity as a ghost. It sounds dismal to wander around a lake year after year.  But it is better than being stuck inside a house like a lot of ghosts. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wandering and Things I am Excited About

Here are some photos I took while wandering around my neighborhood. There is a lot to see in a small area.











  Here are a couple of things I am excited about:

  • I've been listening to a new podcast! It is called 'Mystery Show.' Anything with the word mystery perks my interest. In this podcast, Starlee Kline (Who people may recognize from her work on This American Life and Wire Tap) solves mysteries! The one rule is that they cannot be the type of mystery that can be solved using google. This podcast is interesting and charming and I am excited for more episodes to come out.
  • The new Beirut album is coming out soon! I love this bands melancholic, instrument filled songs. Beirut's music is perfect for Autumn. The music goes well with blustery days and orange and red leaves. Luckily, the album comes out this September, just in time for Fall. Until then, you can listen to the title track of their new album on Spotify.