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"Life Writing" © Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on October 5, 2012
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Welcome All

Here we are again at the close of another day, or maybe the start of a new. One can never tell when they get inspired. We writers have this thing that is worse than an infection. We have trouble shutting off our minds.

I have no idea what the key is to simply turn the switch and say enough is enough. I think most who would read this would agree it happens to us all. For me it is easier to heed the call, get up, make a pot of coffee and come and sit and see what happens.

Lets see it is only 10:22 but my eyes are heavy and maybe, just maybe I can get a nights rest in yet. So with that said I say welcome to the Fireside and lets see where this goes... gather around and get comfortable... above all else know that you my dear friends are well loved.

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Trains

Have you ever heard the wail of a train in the night. I think we all have, some even wake us as we are resting and yet there is a mystery behind them that takes me back to my youth. I guess I would be letting you know how old I really must be if I told you that they were steam powered back then.

I was raised in a small town here in Alberta, Canada where trains were a part of life. A vital link which brought supplies in and took supplies out. It was an occasion when the train would come through town. I can recall hearing the whistle far away and all the boys riding as fast as they could to be there to meet it. I still smiles when I think of those monsters belching out steam as the rumbled in and the platform I would stand on shake and rattle.

Just during this past week while I was on holidays the train could be heard from miles away. How often I wondered where it was going. It is the Western link to the prairies. Yes trucks and highway transports carry much of the goods but to stand a few feet away and count the cars as they pass is a treasure. Containers filled with the unknown to destinations unknown. They are amazing to watch even though we have entered into this age of diesel engines.

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Still Waters

Still waters speak of the path we are on. Sometimes life is gentle and quiet. Other times it is stormy and the waters seem to boil around us. We have all experienced both. Where is it we find balance.

A great deal depends on what we feed our souls. Feed it the negative and it is what we see all around us. Why we even attract the negative thinkers. Ever been around people who think in such a way. How long is it before you too become infected. I speak from experience as it was once my world. No matter what the situation it was always someone else's fault. Yes it can happen but as painful as it may be to admit. Much of the way you look at things belongs to you alone. Once you shake it off, everything becomes so much brighter and beauty in all things are found.

Nature speaks, she is filled with wisdom. She has no pride, she just is. She has been created to operate in perfect unison to her surroundings. Should one thing fail then she simply takes care of it. Take the tree for example. If it is particularly dry she will shed some of her leaves to keep her reserves in order. Should man come in and upset the balance in any way nature deals with it. She is the master at creating balance. She is filled with an unspoken wisdom.

What that speaks to me is pay attention. She can teach, she can speak and once what she has to say is understood then you can become one with her. We have done a horrible job of taking care of nature have we not. We have left our scars all over her and the land she stands on. Logging and mining have all but raped her of everything she once stood for. We simply call it progress and she has to pay the price. Our children will someday have nothing left at the rate we are taking.



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Nature Erosion

I was fascinated this summer on a recently trip to the West Coast here in Canada by pictures such as this. Natural erosion of the rock by the waves and the surf of the sea. I must have taken hundreds of pictures of things like. It is fascinating what we see out in nature and the footprint she leaves behind.

If only we could be subtle to take only what is needed for the moment. The Northern Natives I associated with in the Yukon were experts at managing what they had been given. The Taggish Cree were wonderful teachers. Yes they took from the land, timber, berries, fish and game but they did so understanding to keep it in balance.

Over the years I have been involved in the logging industry and a general rule of thumb is to do what they call clear cut. It leaves nothing standing. Hillsides erode, spawning stream fill with dirty water. Once it has gone far enough it is a stream salmon and trout will never use again to spawn. Areas so heavily hunted there is no game left. Fish taken in vast quantities threatening the very species sought after.

I have been so very privileged over the years to find myself in some of the most pristine wilderness in the world. A place where a man could drink directly from a lake or stream. See wildlife and its habitant in tack and living in unison and balance. A place where you stood back in awe at the beauty around you. I have been privileged indeed. I hold those memories close to my heart. Weeks on end where I would be dropped in by helicopter, 200 plus miles away from the closest human. A place of complete and total solitude and living as one with my surroundings.

I again ask the question what are we leaving for our future generations. Is it good enough that we always take and never allow anything to rebuild. I do think it time we stopped and looked at what we are doing and ask the hard questions. What a shame in so many cases it is already too late to ask.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DayLeeWriter... keep the dream of the AT alive and never let anyone tell you different. Better yet do it as a family... smiles.

      We have one in the neighbouring Province of British Columbia I would like to do maybe this summer called the West Coast Trail. Gruelling I have been told but one I would like to take on as a challenge.

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the Fireside... pull up a comfy chair a blanket and stay as long as you like...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Debra Cornelius 4 years ago from Georgia

      Ah...I'm thinking your fireside chats can be a very nice 'addiction'....as I find myself drawn in for a word or two that gives me something to think/ dream about. Pristine wilderness and train whistles sound at odds yet somehow mesh together nicely here.

      We once lived next to some tracks and the train conductors would slow to cross a trestle and throw candies out to the neighborhood kids gathered to wave at him!

      As to the wilderness, it is a dream to hike the entire length of the AT ( at least) once before my time here on earth is done. Of course as I am well 'over a half-century old'...as my daughter reminds me, family seems to think it is 'only a pipe dream'. Yet I hear the trail calling and family should know by now that if there is any way to get it done sooner or later, I will answer that call!

      Till then I'll just settle round for these fireside chats, stare into the flames and dream a bit...

      Do keep on writing!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Barbergirl... welcome to the Fireside and I do hope you find some peace and rest away from the busy world around us all.

      Thank you for the comment and I agree with remaining positive. Eventually seeing beauty all around us drives away the negative and makes for a much better world.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      You have so many deep thoughts that truly resonate in this piece. My favorite was about the still waters. Being positive in life is truly important. That energy will rub off and effect everybody around you. Well done hub.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning epigramman... 5:33 here and we are still in the dark. Now if I was you I would be out fishing at such a great place as Erie. Thank you for the kind words I find here this morning. What a treasure to find at this time of the day. Thank you...

      Welcome to the Fireside and like you I have followed your many hubs and comments over the past few years. You are very gifted and have a special way of placing the reader with you in the room. That takes talent and I commend you for being able to do so. I particularly enjoyed your writing of our dear friend Sannel.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning Sir Rolly - one of the greatest writers that I have ever come across and so proud of you as my fellow Canadian and as an esteemed colleague - you are a man's man but yet also a lady's man and an true inspiration to all of us - I personally look up to you as a role model on how to write and convey one's thoughts and feelings and then communicate them to your readers in the beautiful way that you do - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 7:28am where the daylight just came up over the lake 30 minutes ago and now the glow of the sun - I live but 100 feet from this lake and as you can imagine it looks like an ocean - truly God was an artist.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again B.A... thanks for stopping and sorry to hear that you suffer like I do. I think I will get a switch installed... lol

      keep the pen and paper handy by the bed.... smiles

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eddy... welcome and as always your wisdom shines. I have been thinking much of my own youth of late. Recalling those days when we were out at te crack of dawn and we would run the day away. The greatest concern was getting home in time for supper. We were free... smiles.

      I feel sorry for the children today who are raised in the concrete and pavement jungle, they have little idea what freedom is like, having to be on constant guard...

      You are welcome here at the Fireside at anytime. Consider this to be a home for you.We are family whom gather here...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eddy... thanks for the comment and sharing what childhood was for you. It was a great time as children where we could run all day and have not a care in the world except to be home on time for supper... smiles.

      Sprawling citys filled with nothing but concrete and pavement are the backyards to many youth today.

      Always great to have you visit Eddy... know that you are with family here and we love you dearly...

      Many Hugs from Canada

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      B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

      So true about not shutting off a writer's mind. There have been many nights I have longed for sleep and had to get up to jot ideas down. Well written and an enjoyable read.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Rolly ;thanks for this wonderful fireside chat.

      I relate and agree with all you say ; I spent most of my childhood running through the Welsh countryside and today much of this land is full of houses ;all of Mother Nature's magic ripped out.

      OK there may be a need for progress but at such a grand scale???I think not!!

      I look forward to so many more of these chats Rolly.

      Thanks for a great read.

      Eddy.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning RC... Thanks for the comment and sorry to hear the notifications are acting up, one of those mysteries of the internet .

      Much the same happened to me once with a train. Being the skin flint I was when I was younger I found this really, really, really cheap motel only to learn at 3 in the morning two trains passed. One would park for two hours. Just so happened to be the the car that parked right out my window was filled with bawling cows. Oh well I managed a few hours sleep anyway.

      How fortunate you were to see those sunsets, they must have been amazing.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Rolly -

      Once again, notifications have stopped. Sorry, my friend. I, too, remember the train in the night only too well. My first apartment was a dream for me. Then, the first night I found that a train track ran only 30 feet from my bedroom window. The train blew it's whistle there every night as an intersection/crossing was just ahead. I awoke as in an old comedy movie, trying to figure out what the noise was while the whole room rattled around me! lol It took a week to finally learn how to sleep through it. I also remember the calm of the ocean, as I traveled across the Atlantic several times aboard a Navy vessel. There were evenings I was able to sit outside, watching the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Great Hub!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... thanks for the comment and like you I think we are all thinking the same if there will be anything left... Thanks for giving it a bump... Thanks for the hugs...

      Hugs back from Canada to you and yours...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Left me feeling mellow and at peace dreaming of nature and the wilderness and the beauty of the sea. Thanks for this wonderful hub. Passing this on and yes, I sure hope that a great deal of the beauty of nature can be saved for future generations. Hugs to you and Quigley.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... thanks for stopping and yes it is a shame. It is called clear cutting here. Anything under 6 inches is just driven over or swatted out of the way. The call what they do ripping the land up as preparing it for reforestation. The success rate is very low. The government well they do make a considerable amount of money in taxes off the sales of the finished product but in the end it is the future generations that will loose.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      With government so nosy you would think they would make sure trees are always left to prevent the erosion. I don't understand the minds of men that can be so careless and heartless. Even land development astounds me. I see all these homes go up and no trees anywhere and wonder why no one wants trees? Shade, windbreaks, beauty just to name a few good points and of course the rooting system that hold the world together. Trees really have character and so individual as I am sure you have seen being out in their midst so much.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Billy... thanks for the words of encouragement from the guru of mastery of writing. You are always and inspiration and you have the gift of encouragement for many. I see it in all your writing. Thank you for being Billy.

      How long before we see the truth... not all that sure Bill. One would thing after extinction of a species we would but the glut continues. I have been looking into the factory ships of the ocean and what they take and simply dump back as they have no use for it, yet we have a starving world. What was once thought to be a garbage fish is now called a delicacy. The reason there is money that can be made.

      Hugs from Canada Neighbour

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... so good to see you again and the reminder of the train brought many memories for me as well. I can remember takin the train to a city a few hours way for a few dolars to simply have a coffee and return for something to do. I have met the most interesting people on a train...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... Nature is such a gift from Him. It speaks volumes of what is coming should we take the time to listen. I often look at the scars that man has left behind and often can feel her groans at the damage greed has done. It is so sad...

      Hugs From Canada

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a master of these fireside chats, and as always, I feel like I took a valium and am completely at peace. Your words shine with wisdom my friend; the wilderness we knew as kids is shrinking rapidly. How much longer before we see the truth?

      Peace and love from Olympia,

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can remember riding on a train when i was about 5 or 6 with my sister stella. She was married and her daughter was a couple of years older than me, but the fun we had on that train, for the life of me, I can't remember where we went, I just remember having fun. You always bring back fond memories when you write. I believe for every tree cut down one should be planted. I guess we need Johnny Apple Seed around today. Cheers my friend..

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Rolly,

      I love this line, "Nature speaks, she is filled with wisdom. She has no pride, she just is." So descriptive and so true. Thanks again for allowing me the privilege of sitting at the fireside with you!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Mark... Thanks for stopping. I do think back of when my father settled in a remote location with his dad and they homesteaded they knew the true value of caring for what was given. We have become such a me society that it seems to come natural to just take and never plant a seed for tomorrow.

      Hugs Bro...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Carol7777... Thanks for the comment and pleased you enjoyed this offering.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great words and thoughts here Rolly, It is amazing how peoples knew what to take and what to leave be. It is a shame that we in modern society have lost that.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good writing here. Enjoyed the hub!