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October 25, 2006

Phenomena

After thinking of a phenomenon’s I finally came down to one that amazes me throughout the year. It’s a cycle that just goes on and on probably up until the end of the world. This certain phenomena are the seasons. It’s a repeated cycle of summer, fall, winter, and spring. Every season has its own unique character. Every one surprises me just as much as the year before. It almost seems like a sudden change, yet it’s slow to go through the steps. Every season is expected at a certain time, and every time that season comes. We have come to know these seasons as months on a calendar. It is predictable, yet wonderful.
Summer
Summer

The “things? of these seasons would be all the sites, sounds, smells, and feelings you get out of them. In the summer you feel the rays of the sun and the cool breeze of the wind. The sounds are of people outside, animals chasing other animals, and loud bikes on the road. The fall would be the color of the leaves changing into vibrant colors above your head. The crisp leaves that have fallen on the ground that crunch under your feet. That certain smell that tells you winter is on its way. The winter with its whiteness and rays of the sun making it hard to look at it. The crunch of leaves has changed into snow crunching under your feet now. The cold air numbing the inside of your nose so you can’t smell anything. Finally winter changing into spring with the birds chirping. The wet mud getting everywhere. The smell of earth worms being drowned out of the ground. The sound of running water through streets and backyards.
Fall
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The “frameworks? are the seasons themselves. The relationships between them are the orders that they have. The seasons don’t jump from one to the other in random order. They are fixed. The months let us know what season is approaching and when one is ending. They will last about the same time as it did in the past cycle.
Winter
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The “clockworks? are all the steps the earth takes to put everything in motion. As the earth spins on its axis, it changes temperature. From summer to fall the leaves will change color, die, and fall off before the snow falls. At the end of winter the sun’s rays get warmer and melt the snow to make everything soaked. The earth becomes soft and slowly warms up through the spring as things start growing once again. Spring is to dry up everything until the sun’s rays reach their max temperature and plants are nourished. On goes this endless cycle again, and again.

Spring
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October 3, 2006

Genius Loci

A place that i feel is home to me is Stillwater, Minnesota. The place is Lowell Park. The St. Croix river streams in front of the cocrete walkway. The lift bridge is in plain view from Lowell Park with it's big metal beams going all the way across into Wisconsin. In front of Lowell just after the parking lot are trees scattered in a line. The parking lot is a section in the middle of Lowell and a number of restaurants. At night the sky is illuminated by the lights and is diffucult to see the night sky full of stars. The most significant thing that makes me feel at home at Lowell are the picnic benches. They are cemented to the ground and have always had drawings, or paintings on them. The Stillwater cops are always in sight kicking kids out of the park by 10 or taking their skateboards for no reason other than it was out.

Lowell is the place for anyone in or near Stillwater to hang-out. If you have nothing going on, head down to Lowell Park. There will almost always be someone down there you will probably know. Lowell is the meeting place for many. It's the place to come and sit in your car to listen to music, or walk over to the picnic table to have a cigarette with friends. Otherwise take a walk on the concrete walkway to relax and drift away from everything. Lowell is the place to get away from home to come to another. It can be the boringest place to go but the best place to be overwhelmed with feeling at home.
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