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An Unexpected Gift on a Summer’s Day

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present

Anna Freud

And so it was with this little jewel of a lake, which suddenly appeared out of the woods as I was turning the corner on a country road.

Huron National Forest, MIchigan

 

 

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WPC, Tour Guide: Mildly Intoxicating Feeling of Beauty

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

Nothing quite as serene as  a summer sunset over a local Michigan lake,  the sky lit by a golden glow and a stillness in the air.

Photo Challenge:  Tour Guide 

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Beauty’s Intoxicating Feeling

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

So, as winter sets in and the trees rest in their dormant shade of gray,  memories of summers past and summers to come beguile the time.

Kensington Park, Michigan

The President Knows Me

Instinctual passions are stronger than reasonable interests.
—Sigmund Freud, “Civilization and Its Discontents”

A word from the sage of Vienna in the 1920s allows us to look at American politics with new insight. The swirling anxiety of social turmoil can cast up false prophets like froth on the  water.  The answer is not lecturing from the political pulpit, but the emotional bond between a great leader and the people.  A journalist once wrote that during the 1930s his father told him, “I don’t know President Roosevelt, but he knows me.”  With that trust in their president, the American people found their way through the Great Depression and the Second World War.  Human nature has not changed since then.

Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan