January 20th, 2013

mlk jr., i have a dream

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Well, TOMORROW is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year (he was actually born on January 15).

Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Having been involved with an union during part of my life, I'm pleased to mention that it was labor unions who pushed the idea of creating this day of recognition for Dr. King. What an amazing man!

In honor of tomorrow, I bought Dr. King's book "Why We Can't Wait" -- which he wrote in 1963 and was published by Harper & Row in July 1964. Believe it or not, the paperback edition cost 60¢ back then (!!!).

No, I've never read it before, shockingly enough. But it's an amazing read -- and not just because of the content. I think Dr. King is an incredible writer! He strings words together beautifully.

I know, I know: Many people just HATE to read non-fiction books! But this one should be required reading in American schools -- probably at the grade school (middle school?) level. Anyway, well before high school, in my opinion. Think what information it could provide, aside from Dr. King's eloquence...

I read a little bit last night, and more today. We were out for part of the day, plus I slept after that, so I didn't get as much read as I might have wished. But it wasn't necessarily my goal to FINISH the book today -- just to get a healthy start! (smile)

Actually, I have a feeling this will be one of those books I'll hate to finish. Some books are worth savoring, especially when they're well-written. I suppose I've always enjoyed mixing non-fiction in with all my fiction reading, so I'm probably not the norm. But trust me, this is a book you would undoubtedly enjoy! Even if you're not an American, as Dr. King's truths are universal in nature...

Our office was pushing the MLK Day of Service. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Frankly, I think I do a LOT for others, all year round. So even though I didn't dedicate the weekend -- nor will I dedicate tomorrow -- to that, I'm fine with it... (smile)

I suspect Dr. King would understand the need to spend the three-day weekend created by his holiday in refreshing the soul -- especially in preparation for huge tasks to come. As those of us at the festival gear up for another year (we're on our way, believe me!), we need to take every chance we can get to rest and relax and regain our personal focus, so we can do a good job.

It is rewarding to work for a non-profit to create a community event with many parts -- all with the intention of entertaining and do good for others! From my personal perspective, there are NO unimportant jobs, but Marilyn and I are truly blessed to have jobs that are so special and that touch so many lives.

Yes, I think Dr. King would approve! (grin)

I'll do a separate post about the rest of my day soon...

jacob beach, beach

Life's a Beach! Sunset Beach and the Lindgren House

Marilyn and I took a ride today, seeking the sunshine. It was completely socked in right around Seaside (Oregon). And when we headed south (toward Cannon Beach and beyond), it was equally socked in. Recently there's been a lot of fog (and freezing fog) -- both here and in Portland, too...

Anyway, Marilyn decided to turn around and head north, toward Astoria -- to see if we couldn't find the sun (and blue skies). She found them at Sunset Beach, Oregon, and we used the beach access to go to the Sunset Beach State Recreation Site. In the past we've driven on the beach (can you believe that???), but today we parked and walked there.

NOTE: Sunset Beach is a small community located between Seaside and Warrenton, between U.S. Route 101, Neacoxie Lake and the Pacific Ocean. It serves as the northernmost access to the resort community of Surf Pines, and provides motor vehicle (!!!) beach access. A beach of the same name is south of the community (that's where we went...).

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Marilyn climbs up to the dunes (zoomed in).

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Marilyn above me, waving (actual distance).

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Marilyn taking my picture! (smile)

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A view of the ocean.

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Notice the very blue skies!

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Shell in the sand...

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Hay strewn on the beach...

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More hay...

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This hay was put down to feed deer and elk who seem to keep wandering on to the beach, lately!

On the way back home to Seaside (it's around 8 miles from Sunset Beach), we saw a sign for the Lindgren House (Lindgren Home). So we turned back around and went to see where the signs would take us! (smile) One of our goals is to continue to know that area better and better, now that we have a house here...

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As you can see, the house is protected behind a fence, with a locked gate.

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The hand-hewn cabin was built in 1922.

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It's closed this time of year, so we'll have to go back when it opens up again in June. I'd love to tour the house!

Anyway, it was great fun stopping to see it. And we'd never seen Cullaby Lake before, either, which was beautiful! (I can't believe I didn't take any photos of it...) It must be really popular during the summer!

Aside from this trip, we spent the day watching the Australian Open (tennis), reading, messing around on our iPads and sleeping. A really lovely time!

We're heading back home to Portland tomorrow -- with work again on Tuesday. I'm so glad we were able to come to the beach for this weekend get-away!