Sniffing With My Eyes…


It finally happened.  After 10 year of blogging, after writing 350 essays, each approximately 1,000 words, I sat down to write this morning, and I had nothing to say.   Nada.  Zip.  Blanca.  I know, I know, praise be to Allah, right…?

Could be the well has run dry.  Could be the pump is broken.  More likely though, the guy with his hand on the pump handle also has it on too many other things of late; work, mom, friendships, exercise, meditation, and the stewarding and walking of his mammal.

I do a lot of that these days; the dog walking that is.  Stroodle walks in a style that he and I call, Comando.  That is, Stroodle walks off leash.  He just sniffs his way in the best possible direction as I keep him out of fights, and offer him small bites of animal protein when we are done.

A veterinarian once told me that we (humans) see beauty with our eye, and a dog sees aesthetic beauty with his nose.  This ideal brings me much peace, as Stroolde and I spend time together daily, appreciating beauty wherever we may go.

Rather than force an essay this week — one which just isn’t there, I’m going share some of my favorite iPhone pictures from the last couple of years, many of which were taken on sniffing hunts with Stroodle.

From Nederland to Moss Landing, central Utah, Carlsbad, Pt. Lobos, and right here in Fallbrook, I hope you enjoy.  I hope to have a new essay up in a week or two.  Be well… Jhciacb

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Please check back in two weeks to see what happens when I push the STOP button on the blender in my head.  Oh, and there is this from Ronnie Land & Slim Chance.  Enjoy!

14 responses

  1. Looking forward to what will be revealed after the next Sniff Out. Keep your Eyes on the Prize. Wonderful Shots. Thank You for sharing The Peace.

    • Thank you, Shannon! Writing has become such an important part of my weekly ritual, but being there for friends and family trumps that — always.

      I look forward to your return to writing, but more so, to your amazing stick figure videos which, in my opinion, are some of the best things I have come across on social media, and I mean that!!!

    • Thank you, Bets! Believe it or not, it was a conversation I had with you a few years ago that got me to use my phone more and my camera less. I’m just a shlub, and for the kind of pictures I like to take, this shlub loves his iPhone 🙂

  2. Wow, these were all taken with an iPhone? Impressive. Beautiful photos. I haven’t been blogging as long as you, but I’ve had issues ‘finding my funny’ lately and find myself taking forever to decide what to write about. Where in Utah were you? I lived in Layton (about 15 miles north of SLC). My favorite state.

  3. Thanks, Blair! I appreciate your taking the time. I try hard not to force writing. Usually it happens on its own, and I rarely know where it comes from. This week it just didn’t show up.

    Picture was along I-70 about 3 hours northeast of Richfield…

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