Enjoying friends and nature have me rejuvenated for writing
By Michael M. Barrick
LENOIR, N.C. — The last article I posted on The Lenoir Voice was about the Summer Solstice. In less than a week, the Autumnal Equinox will signal the return to shorter days — and hopefully the end of our boiling summer.
I’ve not been writing because I disappeared on a self-imposed “sabbatical” from writing for this news outlet, though I continued to write articles for my other publication, the Appalachian Chronicle. In fact, you can read several articles about the Sweet Springs (W.Va) Sustainable Living Forum that I co-sponsored in August. If you’re interested in learning more about what so many people are doing to address our climate crisis, I invite you to visit that site. There are about a dozen articles of interviews I did of the speakers there.
For now, though, I thought I’d share my “How did you spend your summer vacation” paper through photos. Today, I’ll begin in April (yes, I know that’s technically Spring, but it felt like summer vacation), when I first started traveling regularly to my favorite Appalachian Mountain spots (and beyond). Then, over the next several days, I’ll share the balance of my summer travelogue, ending with photos taken last week while canoeing on Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 35 minutes from my home.
I reckon you don’t care about how I spent my summer. But I don’t know too many people that don’t enjoy the beauty and quiet of nature and the joy of time with friends seen not nearly often enough.
© Michael M. Barrick, 2019. Feature (home page) photo from Spruce Knob, W.Va., looking east.