Of The Mind

What if there is no reality, only abstracthoughts? That is because there is no true shared reality, only observations offset by differenthoughts.

Think that one through for now, then remember it forever. We allow ourselves to be constrained by group consensus and naturally reject that which fails to fit the greater good.

But wait, there may be more.

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Just Drive

We The People are actually pretty quiet on the vehicle horns.  Extraordinary polite patience is evident in most places and cases.  There are times when a blast on the horn is needed and necessary.  img_4944-2

One traditional use is the blast of the ship’s horn in either foggy conditions or as a last call to board before departure.  Trains are required to vigorously sound the horn at both guarded, under-guarded and unguarded crosses.

Perhaps my perspective is either pessimistic,  naive, or influenced by the pleasant essence that is Maine.  Even periods of traffic congestion are pleasantly silence.

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To What Purpose

There is always more than one way up, down & through. Fast, slow, steady, easy or strenuous. How much time will it take to get there is always dependent upon the challenge and personal endurance.

This is Mount Washington in New Hampshire. It can be hiked, you can ride a train or you can drive a vehicle. Each way has unique merits. The quickest way is to drive. The easiest is the train. The most meaningful is the hike. Life is a hike.

On a good day, the mountain can be seen from afar. On other days, it can’t be seen at all, even when you are standing on it. Do you see the life you are living?


Here Come The Holiday Catalogues

Ti$ the $ea$on.

I’ve been saying this years, time to post a log of the holiday season catalogues. All those cool titles from cool places that exist solely to entice you to spend money on neat things that you may or may need or want, but just have to have.

DISCLAIMER: Posting of the catalogues is not an expressed or implied endorsement. Also, the Maine Forest Cafe has not and will not accept any direct or indirect compensation. This is just for some Wicked Good Fun!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 4X

The Noble Collection: Gifts and Treasures for the Season

Plow & Hearth: Make the Season Brighter

Bits and Pieces: The Source for Intriguing Gifts, Clever Products, And Much More

Levenger: Gifts for Him Gifts for Her

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 1X

L.L Bean: Be an Outsider. The legacy & tradition continues.


Gone Away 2017

Well, the end of the 2017 season was today. GetAway was delivered to winter quarters today for a seven-month hibernation.

There were two short trips – Meadowbrook in Phippsburg & Poland Spring Campground, in Poland. The one long trip was to Eastport. So it is now official, GetAway did not cross the state line. What does this mean? It means that we didn’t get out enough this year.

We did go to other places by other means. One pure airline round trip. One Hail Mary fly/drive then drive/fly trip. & then a drive/drive stay drive/drive trip. Entire states crossed without our feet touching the ground.

So now what? The off season will be spent researching & learning the engine, Chassis & coach systems inside & out. The purpose of this didactic exercise will be to develop confidence through competence. Why I should be doing as the owner/operator v what should be outsourced to a higher authority.

A parallel output will be the development of an RV blog to both chronicle and become a resource.

Stay Tuned.



Lately, I was reading a book about Thomas Jefferson. As an American Patriot & our second president, he was an admirable man with un-admirable stuff. To go further down that path would be to judge the past with the standards of today. That fails to recognize that the human condition is continuing to evolve towards becoming more humane.

The book was drier than arid dust. Extensively researched, one must presume that it is technically authentic. But, it is a lifeless emotional void. The one exception to this void is the occasional inclusion of TJ’s use of a commonplace book. These quotes provided insight into TJ’s mind and philosophical influences.

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they have learned. Each commonplace book is unique to its creator’s particular interests. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.

I kept an active commoplace book. Most entries are from a decade ago. The book was dug out of its common place – stacked with the more than several mostly blank journal books of started then abandoned good intentions. Browsing through the book reminded me of stirring captured thoughts. There are even some that I wrote myself, thus proving that at one time in the past, I had original derived philosophical ideas.

What I have missed while doing what I have done is remaining who I was before. RMSmithJr – 48.1.22.

So, for now, and hopefully for longer than that, the book has rejoined the active stack. This active stack includes current reading material – books, magazines, and www wanderings, the handwritten journal (another recent resurrection), and this eDevice for publishing my own works.