1 – Introducing

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Never a run – very seldom a stroll – but a walk – a good exercise – and as we age, walking keeps us moving. My wife and I like to walk. We regularly walk at home. We walk on vacation. We walk on the ship’s deck when cruising. So yes, we walk on the beach.

On the beach, many times with her – but sometimes alone. As we walk, conversations can be short or long – the topics deep or shallow – important or trivial. In times of silence, my mind keeps going – thinking – pondering the world. Thinking is also a good exercise because, like the body, the mind must keep moving as we get older.

Now we are snowbirds – people from the cold north heading south for winter. It’s our time away from the gray skies and cold temperature of our home. A time for walking on the beach while being away from our normal routine at home. A time I refer to as my alter ego.

Our time as snowbirds facing the difficult daily questions of wondering about the temperatures at home – wondering what’s for dinner – wondering which way to walk first – wondering about the actual day of the week or the date because we aren’t sure.

A beach walk is a great way to face a new day. Peaceful and serene, the tranquil beach provides a place for therapeutic reflection – a time to work out problems – an opportunity to think about life, love, and happiness – a time to let the mind wander to any topic. After all, breathing in the sea air is a potent elixir.

The beach is a good place to think about different questions – the simple and the deep – or even deep thoughts that don’t always lead to answers. The beach is a cradle of thoughts.

The beach is a place of solitude – but not confined – yet, rather a place of unconfined solitude – a sanctuary – a haven. A different solitude from two regulars I normally encounter – seemingly two loners. The single sandpiper foraging the wet sand. The heron patiently standing still – waiting – watching. Yet, to the sandpiper and the heron, this is not their haven because they are working to fulfill a need – a requirement for life.

The beach is a time and place to be open and free from the everyday grind – a form of escapism to an alternate reality – a time and place for peace of mind and comfort.

The beach is a time and place to be open and free – a good time to contemplate life – a good time to encounter an eclectic collection of personal thoughts – a good time to allow my mind to visit many spheres of thought.

As I walk the beach my contemplations are mental dictations on imaginary paper. Yes – the perfect words of never-to-be published gems that never make it outside my mind. Sometimes poetic in the rhythms of Frost, Keats, or Poe – well, at least in my mind.

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My thoughts can be simple or complex. Some about wonder – some leading to awe. Others start with awe then lead to wonder. Some are personal, others professional, and others in a wide range of topics – but fiction is a rare occurrence. All this as water refreshes my feet during my beach sojourn.

I look at the sea – sometimes catching boats or ships – other times the rolling waves on final approach – or the pelicans diving for fish. All along contemplating thoughts or searching for a metaphor or analogy. Thinking can be exhausting, yet refreshing, exhilarating, and reflective.

After walking, I attempt to recreate those insightful words. Usually in a notebook – but it’s never the same as the perfect string of words while walking the beach. Nonetheless, a collection of thoughts. Simple reflections from my mind as I walk on the packed sand along the water’s edge where water retreats to the sea. Thoughts that I would eventually transform into individual beach walks.

In time, I took a digital recorder to more accurately note my thoughts – thoughts that I would later transform into a draft. Over time, I would massage, tune, and edit the draft into something usable – then Google serves as a source to polish the rough edges, fill in the blanks, or expand a thought. Then find a video or music to close the walk.

This is the first of what I hope are many walks. Please roll over the three dots in the upper right corner for more information. You may be surprised at what you will find.

The bottom line is simple. I like sharing my thoughts with readers and interacting with them through comments. Besides, I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing my feet.

190 thoughts on “1 – Introducing”

  1. I’ve been walking – a lot – these last month’s. No beach here, but a river, the Ure, which goes through farmland, meadows, woods. It’s very responsive to the weather and can be surging and mighty one day, a babbling brook a few days later. It’s where I’m happiest to take myself off, both to think, and to empty my mind. I’ve got very fond of walking alone, or with at most, one other person. Thanks for a … reflective post, with excellent background accompaniment.

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    1. Margaret,
      Congratulations on being the first commenter here. 🙂 You will now live in infamy on this blog.

      Interesting how your experience of walking along a river is similar to mine walking along the beach. My beach time involves a 14-hour drive … too long … but I also grew up on a major river – and my current home is near a smaller river. On this walk I wanted to introduce the series, the place, and a bit about me – so it seems I did that. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the background because that idea came to me within the past week. Hope to see you again on Saturday.

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    1. Joanne,
      Greetings, Australia. Knowing your love for writing, thanks for identifying a line that you enjoyed. Interestingly, I think I write one poem on the old blog among the over 2,000 posts, yet I do find touches of poetic when I walk. Sometimes that will come out. Thanks for walking along …. hope to see you on Saturday.

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  2. As I read your Beach walking comments this morning I am listening to the rain and noting the similarities. The sound of the waves coming ashore and the cascading rain are two sounds I find comforting. I sometimes imagine them when I am trying to sleep. Water is life.

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    1. Gary,
      Moving water does effect us – ocean waves washing ashore, water over rocks, a waterfall, even the quiet nature of a moving river – and now you add rain. Perfect. Thanks for walking along, and hope you return on Saturday.

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  3. Is your snowbird home right at the beach, Frank, or do you have to drive there? (something I think of as ‘the American way’ 🙂 ) I envy anyone with a home on the beach. I would never be drawn away at sunrise and sunset. Magnetised by the sea. Most of my beach walking is done alone at this time of year. My husband prefers to laze. But when it gets cooler we stride out together. I sometimes jot down a random thought or haiku in my phone, but more often they drift away on the tide. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      My home is very inland, so our time as snowbirds begins after driving 14 hours. We rent a condo that is on the beach. Interesting is how our beach walk experiences are so similar … alone or with a spouse – the effect on the mind – gathering notes. In this post I wanted to introduce the series and a bit about me,. The next walk is Saturday during your morning (I post during my overnight.) Thanks for walking along.

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    1. Merril,
      Good morning. Herons are interesting and a regular solitude presence on the beach – but I find their eyes a bit creepy. Interesting that the similarities you find with your river walks and my beach walks. Must be something about water – especially moving water. Thanks for walking along.

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    1. Barbara,
      Elixir is such a fitting word for sea sir! Before getting into specific topics, I wanted to this post to intro the blog, a bit about me, how this came to be, and a bit about my process. A more specific walk this Saturday morning. Thanks for walking along.

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  4. Welcome with an amazing start dear Frank! I loved so much… beauties, experience, philosophy, poetry, art, music, literature,… so much touches in this walking… The background is wonderful and also the video, as if I was there while I was reading… You brought an Ocean touches to me, in this far, far away… Once one of my poet friend, sent an ocean things (even sea water too)in jars with cargo from NYC to İstanbul… I remembered this now… Because I told him, I have no idea about ocean… “Beach Walk Reflections” will be great stop for me, I am so excited for next posts… It hasn’t been like that before, at least for me… Thank you so much, be in safe, and happy walkings, Love, nia

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    1. Nia,
      I’m so glad you liked this post and the look here. The ocean is both magical, mysterious, and more. Its presence is obvious, actions are consistent, and its effects are countless.

      Right now, my posting schedule is Tuesdays and Saturdays. Because they are published during my overnight, they should be available for YOUR morning. 🙂 Thanks for walking along, Nia!

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    1. Dan,
      Most definitely. What I discovered that even the simplest thoughts can go deeper if given the chance – and that’s what will happen here. Thanks for giving the walk a chance! Next walk will be Saturday morning.

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  5. I listened as I read and I was transported to another time, another place. Where the sea shells whispered my name and the sloppy waves curled over my toes. The horizon reached out to infinity where everything was possible. Thank you for that beautiful moment.

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    1. Pam,
      Good morning! Excellent. I’m so glad to know that someone used the ocean sounds as background. This was actually a last-minute idea. to add an effect – but give the readers a choice. (Automatic backgrounds give me crazy.) Meanwhile, your words about the beach are perfect! Thanks for walking along.

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    1. Marina,
      Awe … thank you for the kind words. I wanted this post to introduce walks, me, and the beach. Would you believe the beach sounds at the beginning were an idea within the past week? A reminder that you don’t have to wait for my morning because the walk go live at 1 AM my time. A toast to the good start – Clink …. Yamas!

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  6. I listened to your recording of the beach, Frank, as I read your words. Very soothing and a beautiful way for me to start my day. You use the beach as I use the forest. If I had a beach nearby I’d be there. Your thoughts mirror mine in many ways. We all need a refuge, a sanctuary to use, exiting our every day routine to step into Mother’s World. That is where we hare refreshed, renewed, rejuvenated. xo

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    1. Amy,
      Good morning. Knowing your love for nature and the woods, I understand you point. Interesting how others have similar thoughts about walking along rivers. Yes – it’s about a place we all need – a refuge, a sanctuary, a haven (a future walk!) Thanks for walking along and next one will be Saturday morning.

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  7. Wonderful Introduction Frank… And loved the sound of the ocean that accompanied me on my own journey through your own thought patterns… The Ocean waves have always brought a calming effect .. The ocean is around two and half hours away from us… 2 hours if you drive faster.. lol…. And its been a while since my own last visit to hear the sound of waves…
    I listen instead to the sounds of the woods, birds singing, leaves rustling as the breeze blows. and this time of year the crunch of leaves beneath your feet… 😀
    An excellent Intro Frank..
    Have a great week my friend 🙂

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    1. Sue,
      Thanks for the support and kind words. Introducing the series, the beach, walking, and a bit about me was what I was trying to do. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the ocean sounds because that was an addition in the past week. 🙂 I chuckle at the thought of your 2+ hour dive to the beach because mine is 14 hours! 🙂 Hope to see you again on Saturday. FYI – the post is published at 1 AM my time – so the walks will be up for your morning.. 🙂

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          1. I don’t know Frank but we travelled via a coach Holiday to Italy then an overnight Ferry to Corsica 😀 once upon a time, stopping off overnight in France Lyon, that took two days 🙂 With some beautiful scenery along the way 🙂

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              1. It was frank we touched seven countries, after three days in Corsica we hopped over to Sardinia for another three days, came back seeing the leaning tower of Pisa… The French Alps, and Belgium. We have also been on separate trips to Switzerland and Austria several times… And ALL were wonderful.. We travel closer to home these days, and this year our holidays that were booked got cancelled.. But nothing can beat Mother Nature where ever you are 🙂

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                  1. Its a beautiful land… I have not been to the USA, but have done coast to coast in Canada… that was for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in the year 2000… and oh boy have those twenty years soon flown.. make the most of those walks Frank…. I do.. 🙂

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                    1. Canada coast to cost was quite the trip … and very diverse – and to think the US is more diverse because of the southern US from coast to coast … from the beaches to the desert to the beaches. We’ve been to London for a few days before touring the area via cruise ship. It gave us a touch. Loved it. We had a return trip cancelled this past summer. 😦

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                    2. Yes so many cancellations this year…. so many tour companies going bust.. along with hotels, restaurants, pubs in England… Scotland and Wales.. And more to follow as we are locking down Scotland and Wales again… Here in England they are locking down mostly the North Midlands- as they are locking down regions or cities…. Its a nightmare..

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    1. Stefy,
      Love the feedback affirming my decision to add the sound waves. Next time I go to the beach, maybe I’ll try to make my own recordings. Then again, these are probably OK as I have several different ones. At least the visuals are different. 🙂 Being able to smell the air while not being there, that’s fabulous! Next week will be up for your Saturday morning.

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  8. A lovely beginning, Frank.
    So you’ve decided to keep you “aFrankAngle” persona? I was curious about that; thinking we might see your face 😉
    I’m overdue for a walk on a beach – one that would not freeze my toes, that is!

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  9. Aahhh … lovely ocean waves crashing against the shore while reading your inspiring words, aFrank.
    I feel blessed to be a short 5-minute drive to my idyllic beach. It’s a private beach with public beaches at each end. It’s my happy place.so there’s no need for phones, writing pads, or music. I prefer the solitude and the sounds of nature. It’s peaceful, calming, and rejuvenating. Best of Luck with your beach walks.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Isadora,
      That a way … rub it in that you are a 5-minute drive to the beach while it takes me 14 hours! 😉 … I couldn’t resist. Solitude is good, then again there are times I want a digital companion and other times a person. Glad you enjoyed the supplied ocean sounds!!!!

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      1. Aaah… I didn’t realize you were that far from the beach. It’s no wonder that it’s even more of a treasure to be able to enjoy the ocean sounds. I guess I should reveal that my friend lives on the beach. It’s a little private oasis. 😬
        But, I know the drawbacks of living there. Anywho, perhaps, a future snow bird home or move could be near a beach or just a walk on the beach will do. The sand sure feels good on your toes. 😊 😎

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      1. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, on the edge of the North Sea. Wedged between that sea and the estuary. Choices! I get sunrise over the sea, and sunset over the estuary. And I’m a keen photographer. Bliss.

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    1. Mouse!
      Hooray – you found your way here. 🙂 Knowing that you live close to the water, I know who embrace beach walking. Given how hot your summer can be, no wonder why you appreciate winter on the beach! All well down there with the 4-legged ones?

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  10. I can relate to the therapeutic experience of being at the ocean. So I enjoyed reading your post, as if I was having my own experience. The sounds and the sights, the depth and the expanse have churned many a poetry out of me, and solved many questions within.

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    1. PD (I had to look it up … hope I can remember it) … 😉
      Thanks for affirming my words through your personal experiences. It is so therapeutic and the beach can stimulate creativity! Thanks for walking along.

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    1. Michel,
      What you stated about the sea’s voice is a reason why I included the sound at the video to accompany those who desired it. Seems like my choice was the right one. Thanks for walking along and hope you return on Saturday (should be ready by your morning).

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    1. Suzanne,
      Glad you enjoyed the ocean sounds as an accompaniment. The idea for this blog was actually created on the other one. Once I decided to stop over there, I thought a move “focused/specialized” blog would be a good change. Good see you here in an alien-free zone.

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    1. Monika,
      Glad to be back and thanks for coming along with me from the old place. Friends are always welcome – and thanks for letting me know that the availability of background sound was a good idea (actually one that came to me last week.)

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    1. Nina,
      What? You cat goes on walks? Wow … I’m impressed. Whether on the beach, in the woods, or through other forms of nature, cheers to a good walk outside! Hope you had a good walk! Next walk is Saturday.

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    1. Jan,
      Oh yes – you captured my mind, body, and soul theme. OK … I’ll spill the beans . On second thought, I better wait. 😉 Each walk will end with a music video. Sometimes it is about the theme, other times not – but I have but good effort into picking the ending music. Thanks for your first visit to my world. As you can tell, I engage with commenters. 🙂

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              1. Go to “Stats” Make sure you are on the page for that day (The bar at the upper right of the stats page. Then page down to “Videos played” If you don’t have that it might be a premium option. I do pay for my WP accountto keep it ad free.

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  11. Frank, I’m glad to see you back in BlogLand! And what a lovely way to kick off your new home! There’s nothing quite like walking on a beach. It’s been years since I did (way too long!), and I miss it. Nice to know I can pop over here and you’ll satisfy my longing to feel sand beneath my feet and sunshine on my shoulders!

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    1. Debbie,
      Thanks for the warm welcome-back greeting and it’s nice to be back. As I tried to explain here, writing beach walks started as an accident as I noticed what I was doing while walking. For me, it serves to motivate and relax! Even though you haven’t been to the beach in some time, glad I was able to transport you there. Next walk will be Saturday morning. 🙂

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  12. Frank, it is nice to be walking along the beach again with you and your thoughts. The music is a nice touch to get us started. I like that the “sea is a cradle.” And there is always something to see on the beach. Good launch for your blog!

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    1. Jo,
      Glad you found me and followed over here. Although I used music over at aFa walks, I wanted to continue that tradition, but improve the music. I can say I’ve put a good effort in selecting the music for each walk. 🙂

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    1. Susannah,
      Welcome to my new home. Hopefully you feel relaxed here. A strong start with the comments, and it’s taking me a while to catch up because I worked this afternoon! … but that’s OK with me. Tuesdays and Saturdays are my current schedule – and they should be ready for your morning.

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  13. Frank, this is a perfect opening post.
    You’ve exercised your mind, very well, indeed.
    I too adore a walk on a beach, especially when there’s not many other people.
    Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait awhile before I get to experience this particular pleasure again, in real life.
    Oddly enough, you may or not recall, I live across the street and a foot bridge from a very long beach on Lake Ontario.
    Okay, it’s not tropical, but it was a place where I could walk, almost no one around, refresh my feet in the sand (or snow…lol!) and think.
    However, the pandemic has left very few outlets for people to gather. So, the beach is now overcrowded, and not in a good way. I won’t risk going there, unless it’s below 0. That should keep the crowds away.
    YAY!!! I can come to the beach here, twice a week!
    Thank you! This blog has come along at the perfect time.

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    1. Resa,
      I know how much you enjoy these walks, so thanks for the support and kind words. As you can see, I kept the key phrases for the walk! With this intro I wanted to tell how they came about, but the specific topic ones next with the next walk.

      I recall that Toronto has a beach, but I didn’t realize you live so close. On the other hand, good move on deciding not to go due to crowds. But as you mentioned, you can get some walks here. Two for now – maybe expanding to three in time.

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  14. Hi Frank, it’s been a while since I’ve walked on a beach, so right now I shall be there through your words!
    There’s nothing quite like that combination of sunlight, waves, sounds and open space to blow away the cobwebs and open the mind. Time feels like it’s standing still looking out to the horizon… and there, for me, is where my thoughts gather pace.
    Nice introduction!

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    1. Tom,
      Glad I was able to transport you to the beach. I recall that you are inland, and I thinking a 2-hour drive to the beach. Am I close? Your thoughts about the beach are perfect, so I encourage you to I think you can put something together around it for your blog! 🙂 Thanks for walking along, and I hope to see you at the next walk (your Saturday morning).

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      1. I live about 30 to 45 minutes away from the beach, traffic permitting, so it isn’t really that far away… it can sometimes take longer driving across town! The only issue is the beaches I visit are in Wales, and are currently locked down! There’s Blackpool as well… but that’s in Lancashire, which is also under lockdown. So, Frank, I have your beach walks and my memories to go off, for the foreseeable future. And my imagination. I may write about one of my imaginary walks! 🙂

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  15. Should I start with, “Go, Buckeyes”, although I’d have to add Huskers to that, originally being from Nebraska. But I met my husband in Ohio and we lived in South Euclid on Cleveland’s east side for 27 years after marrying. Then some years in Illinois, and now we’re in Arizona, so no beaches nearby. But the mountains are my beach (and none of them nearby, either.) I feel the same as you described here while walking or riding horseback in the summer in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains or in the Riparian Preserve here in Arizona, a bit of non-desert in the desert. 🙂 It’s always good to have a place where the mind can wander, even if you can’t always recall the path it followed.
    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Great to know that you have an Ohio connection. Although we live in the SW corner, I grew up in the SE corner and my wife in NE (Cleveland, west side). However, I’m not a Buckeye fan – but not a Buckeye hater. … but I see you are a Husker at heart.

      No matter where, nature offers so much for a retreat. Cheers to your love for the mountains and western reserves. The western US is so unique offering so much beauty! Like you said, “a place where the mind can wander” … that’s perfect! Thanks for giving my little corner of the world a chance. Next walk will be ready for your Saturday morning.

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  16. I loved walking with you and your wife this morning, Frank. I felt the fresh air and the wind touching my cheek. There is something that calls to us from the sea, to look at the breadth and depth of our personal experiences. “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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    1. Rebeca,
      Glad to have you along – plus your words are perfect description for the beach and its role. And the Lucy quote, WOW. The winter air on the beach is very fresh and quite brisk at times – yet so refreshing. Hope to see you on the next walk (Saturday).

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  17. Frank, it looks like we are friends with many of the same bloggers. I am wondering where you go in your snowbird adventures. My mom and dad owned a place on Fort Myers Beach and I traveled there for many a year. Loved walking on the beach in a place called the nature sanctuary. Really sacred. Something about the swell of the ocean waves opening us up to thoughts, our spirit, the world. Missing the ocean right now…

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    1. Kathy,
      Certain places in nature are sacred – and a beach would be one of them – especially one that isn’t packed with people. For people like me who are inland and we spend more time away from it than being close to it, we tap into the specialness. We go to Alabama, which has only 100 miles of coast that is an extension of the Florida panhandle. I’m curious. Who do we have in common? My memory is saying we connected through Robin (who hasn’t arrived yet). Thanks for walking along!

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      1. I can’t remember exactly offhand but two of you long-standing friends/bloggers are Barbara and Joanne. There could have been more. Our family used to visit my in-laws in the Panhandle. Hope you enjoy your winter there!

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        1. I went back to look at the comments in your last 2 posts. I think it’s Robin. Barbara also recently came from Robin’s promo of posting my Seeds walk. Joanne goes back in time but we lost contact once she started taking classes – but reconnecting now. 🙂 Nonetheless, my pleasure that we connected.

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    1. Marc,
      Those “never to be published gems” drive us crazy because we know those were the perfect words …. and we can’t find them!!!!! Glad you liked having the choice of beach sounds. Many thumbs up on that addition, so I better keep it! Good to be back, kind sir – and thanks for your help!

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      1. Tell me about it. I wrote something based on a thought I had the other day. But the original thought, lost . . so I had to adapt. But it worked out because I was able to ride the wave far enough.

        De nada Cincy.

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  18. I love the look of your new blog, Frank! I like how you explore an idea so thoroughly, not just scratching lines in the sand, so to speak. I sometimes wish I could spend more time in the beach. I had planned to live in Oregon, but here I am in the mountains instead! I do love it here, though.

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    1. Eilene,
      Thanks for the feedback on the look here. This was something that I picture in my mind, and as soon as I discovered this template/theme, the search stop.

      The first single topic will be the next walk (your Saturday morning), and it also won’t scratch the surface. Not that I cover everything, but a lot. Interestingly, readers will probably add perspectives – which I enjoy!

      The mountains and the beach have a lot in common in terms of being places for relaxation and motivation. Cheers to you having one very close to you!

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  19. Thanks to our friend, Merril, I just enjoyed this beautiful and relaxing walk along the beach. There is truly no place I’d rather be. Your reflection were lovely Frank. I’ll definitely be joining you on future walks. Great to meet you!

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    1. Jill,
      Welcome … and a friend of Merril’s is a friend of mine. After all, the good people of the world must stick together. Where are you located?

      Glad your found this to be relaxing because that is the tone I want to keep on all walks. I wanted this walk to tell a bit how these came to be and what is to come. I will say that future walks will focus on a specific topic. I encourage you to see the Topics page (via the 3 dots in the upper right).

      I’m still working on some finer points – like a Follow button – but I know that’s on the home page. Thanks for coming over, and the next walk will be Saturday morning.

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        1. Greetings Charlotte. Now that’s a city that has boomed! Glad you enjoyed the opportunity to use the ocean sounds. I thought about an auto-launch of sounds, but in general, sites like that ruffle my feathers.

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    1. Pit,
      Thanks for coming over by way of Monica. Your comment captures the essence of a beach experience – especially for those of us who are inland. I hope you enjoyed this intro. The next walk will be Saturday.

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂 We’re planning for a few days at the Texas Gulf Coast in the beginning of December, in our favourite place there, Port Aransas on Mustang Island. If you want to see more of our previous stays there, just put in “Aransas” in the search field on top of the page in my blog.

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  20. I love beaches… any type… the forgotten ones, the lonely islands ones, the far northern ones, the ones wildes and the ones surrounded by palm trees. You may name them…
    During my many traveling around the continents, I have withnessed many and right now, I’m missing my past awfully.
    Down the hill, I do have a sort of beach… around our lake, with isn’t exactly the same as the ones washed by the sea waves.
    But, missing the “real” ones, is a little consolation.
    Thank you for your great come-back with these enchanting emotions. I’m looking forward, from time to time, to (virtually) visit your beautiful beaches!
    Hugs and kisses :-)c

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    1. Claudine,
      Interesting how beaches differ from location to location around the world . So many factors – size of grains, color, slope, how packed, and more. I understand there are interesting colors of sand to see! I love the beach where we go because (typically) very easy walking … and one can walk a long way! Looking forward to treating readers to more walks. Next walk should be up for your Saturday morning.

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  21. Mom and Dad are New Englanders who moved to the Midwest. Mom says you are so right in everything you say about the beach. That is the one BIG thing she misses most about her life in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

    We came to visit on Monika’s suggestion. We will be back.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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    1. Pack,
      Welcome to Beach Walk Reflections – and thanks for letting me know you came from Monica. She’s a good one! I’m in Ohio, so getting to the beach is a special time … and I can imagine the effect its absence has one people who move away from it. Meanwhile, next walk will be Saturday morning, so I hope to see you then.

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  22. I used to walk the beaches a lot when I lived in Nova Scotia, and when I visit my family who live near the Pacific in British Columbia…
    Here there is only a small recreational beach…or walks by the creek…and long country byway strolls, but equally quieting for the mind, esp in these tumultuous days.

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    1. Meezer,
      Welcome. Given the animal reference, are you from Monica’s? Because you mentioned Nova Scotia and BC, can I assume you’re Canadian? Several wonderful bloggers from there are regulars for me. Seems like you have access to other beauties in nature that give you peace and solitude. Cheers to that. Hope you stop by on Saturday for the next walk.

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  23. So beautifully peaceFul and soothing Frank. Walking the beach line is a wonderful way to contemplate nature and Shake the tensions of life. I often do it myself and find it difficult not to feel more at peace. A beautiful form of meditation.

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    1. Holly,
      Peaceful is always one of my targets, so glad to know I hit the target this time. Those of us you love the beach but live inland envy you being able to walk the beach almost on command. 🙂 Next walk will be ready for your Saturday morning.

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  24. Duuuuude I love the ocean sounds you attached with this link, that was a nice post. This premise is so relatable I bet so many people get that same feeling you’re taking about, I’m particular to the beach but I imagine they do that hiking or in the mountains or forests. Dude but the beach IS a cradle for your thoughts and dictation on imaginary paper. I LOVE that! Taking deep breaths is definitely a favorite of mine. Something so essential to your emotional recovery when that happens at the beach. I like to call the beach that … my emotional recovery. Glad you posted and so glad I get a chance to join you guys. High five for your post!

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    1. Guat,
      Hey hey … you made it over here – so many thanks. Many people have enjoyed having the ocean sounds along, so thanks for letting me know. Personally, I didn’t like an autolaunch – at least this way is optional for the reader. Glad you enjoy the beach and its wonderful air. Ahhhhhh … tomorrow’s walk is about morning, so hope to see you along.

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  25. Lovely introduction, Frank. Thank you for the beautiful sounds to accompany your beach walk. I love that heron standing on the beach. That’s something I don’t think I’ve seen on our beaches here, not by the ocean. I do see them on the bay side.
    Welcome back to the blogosphere. 🙂

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    1. Robin,
      Thanks for the kind words and support. The heron background is something I envisioned all along. Fortunately, I found this theme/template quickly, so the search was done. Also glad you enjoyed the sound effects option, which will also be on tomorrow’s walk that will be ready for your morning. 🙂

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  26. I loved reading while hearing the beach. Thank you. Because of COVID cancelling my May beach trip and a hurricane cancelling my September trip, this is the first time in over 20 years I have not been able to walk by the ocean. Something about the expansiveness and rhythmic tidal changes ground the body and open the mind in a unique way.

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    1. Sarah,
      Thanks for letting me know you enjoy having the beach sounds. I’ll keep it because many have liked the idea. 🙂 …. Bummer about missing your trips. We also cancelled two trips. No fun. The way things are going, one has to wonder when we’ll be able to again. We are planning 2021 with hopes that they happen.

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  27. I love my walks on the beach, and get out there as often as possible (though I also love my walks in the mountains…) Glad to see you back on the beach and sharing your reflections on the blog.

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    1. Trent,
      You are lucky to have both mountains and beaches in relatively close proximity. Like you mention, both are retreats from the crazy world. Meanwhile, glad to be back publishing. BTW – the second walk went up early this morning.

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  28. Congratulations on you’re new blog, Frank. I love the ocean sounds in your first video. It reminds me of Umhlanga and makes me wish we were back there walking the beautiful beach. Maybe next year we’ll get over there again. How lovely that you now have a condo close to the beach for the winter. Enjoy your time there. 😃

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    1. Hi Sylvia,
      Welcome to my new blog home. Having a single focus will be a bit new to me. We’re hoping to be able to go again this year during these crazy times. Hope you make it to SA next year. Meanwhile, I’m currently posting Tuesdays and Saturdays, which also means walk #2 is up and ready. 🙂

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    1. Yvette,
      Glad you made it over. Glad you enjoyed the option of having some beach sounds to accompany your walk. I’ve found a handful of them that I can rotate. To me, the ending videos are also an important aspect of each walk. I’m currently posting Tuesdays and Saturdays. (I’ll expand to Thursdays sometime in the future). Nonetheless, this walk was trying to introduce the blog as a walk. 🙂

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      1. Hi – well I am mobile and so the video will not play j the background like it does on a full computer –
        So I listened and then read – and sometimes I move a bit fast when I visit blogs and I am trying to slow down and enjoy the experience (at times) and so I did enjoy the music (as it took full screen and could not scroll ) which gave me a nice pause – and the beach sounds are just nice to pause with 🎶🎶🎶

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