Month: December 2021

The Last Hike of 2021

Well, I haven’t been hiking in quite awhile. So, today, I gathered up some warm clothes, my Chupacabra, and set off into the wilderness to explore brave new worlds once again. While my expectations were high, I never thought that 2021 would let me down. Sure enough, it did.

Usually, after torrential rains, mushrooms of all varieties sprout with the fervor of young hatchlings escaping from their shells. But today there was nothing of the sort. In fact, I only located 2 and 1/2 shrooms. The 1/2 shroom was last years False Turkey Tails dried up on older decaying logs. The living shrooms were a jelly shroom and a parasol of some kind, most likely deadly if eaten. The jelly shroom was edible I believe, although I wasn’t about to test that theory. 

The Chupacabra was delighted to be out in the forest, testing the lingering smells left behind from other lifeforms of the wilds. And maybe a few local dogs being escorted on leashes on the muddy trail. And muddy it was! Cold. The sun had receded behind a few scattered clouds, enabling the temperature to drop a few degrees, although it felt like icicles were forming in the misty air.

I was happy to be out, among other hikers, except for the few that were in full battle gear obeying the fear mongering of the main stream media. I did meet a younger couple who took the time to admire the Chupacabra and little known to them, I had fed her earlier and she currently wasn’t hungry.

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Not for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Crop of shrooms – might be Psathyrella longpipes

Parasols of some kind – not for consumption until I identify them

Tomorrow begins another arbitrary cycle around the sun. Perhaps the next cycle around the sun will bring surprises, laughter and mysterious meetings.

A true fable – or maybe not?

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.”

The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .”

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion.

As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ′′Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?”

The lion replied: “If you believe it is true, the grass is blue.”

The donkey rushed forward and continued: ′′The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him.”

The king then declared: ′′The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence.”

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating ′′The grass is blue, the grass is blue…”

The tiger asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?”

The lion replied, ′′You’ve known and seen the grass is green.”

The tiger asked, ′′So why do you punish me?”

The lion replied, “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with an ass, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!”

The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t.

When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on.

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