Taking Time for Solitude

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

“I believe that reading, in its original essence, is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”  –Marcel Proust


This week’s photo challenge is “Solitary”.  If you already spend time alone, you may know some of the benefits: relaxation, heightened self-awareness, focus and concentration, increased self-reliance and self-confidence, freedom, spirituality, creative thinking, problem solving skill building, and other benefits. Here are a few articles on the topic of solitude:

The Surprising Benefits of Solitude, by Andrew McAfee

This article (above) in particular was interesting to me relative to the subject of brainstorming sessions, focus groups and group interviews.

The Lost Art of Solitude, by Leo Babauta

The Power of Lonely, By Leon Neyfakh

A woman taking time to enjoy a park setting in solitude

The same woman but a different photographic perspective of solitude




Happy 4th of July!

Scenes from Weko Beach, Bridgman, Michigan.

I was fortunate to spend summers in this idyllic part of Southwest Michigan as a child. I recently spent a week here and still love the woods and beaches that make this place so special.

This water tower was a big, brownish blemish on the beachfront when I was a child. The artwork covering it now is far more charming. The artwork is weathered from its exposure to the elements but this quality only enhances it in my eyes. It gives it a natural look and feel that fits in with the surroundings. It’s definitely an improvement from its former bland and unappealing visual state.

Many people will be heading to cabins, lakes, campgrounds, and parks this weekend. Enjoy the respite that nature provides so brilliantly.  And may you find your own bit of charm this holiday weekend.

The History of Bridgman, Michigan


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