me on ringsAs a smallish – possibly too curious and too obstinate – child, I would play outside in my bare feet until I could no longer see my hand in front of my face. Lest you believe my parents condoned this behavior, let me assure you many attempts were made to contain my enthusiasm for exploration and harness my imagination in a way that would not thwart my spirit. It was a failed experiment. During this shoeless play time I was stung and bitten by many things, cut and bruised, more than one trip to the emergency room was warranted. But none of it dampened my need to uncover magic.

To this day, I cannot be kept inside for long. Or even in the same town. My feet just seem to start moving on their own. I think of myself as a catch and release magic hunter. I find extraordinary things – or maybe I simply find the beautifully peculiar hidden in plain sight within those things – and I share it. Then I let it go.

I have uncovered enchantment in places that may seem obvious: India, Tuscany, Slovenia, any coast. And in perhaps some unexpected places: along the highway, my own tiny backyard, nondescript shopping centers. There is no where magic isn’t.

It is with passion that I share my meanderings. Guided by an insatiable curiosity of people and places, and the exquisite beauty of this big ball of dirt we call home, I cannot help but marvel at all of life.

Who knows where I’ll go next. Maybe you have an idea. Maybe I will write or explore just for you.

Here’s to meeting somewhere along this great rambling path.

Now go outside and play!


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  1. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  2. How do I begin to – Thank You – for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing?!? I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  3. ” I think, if you are something and you name it, you run the risk of having to defend it and it’s you, not just what you do. ” I think this should be emblazoned on a t-shirt and mass-produced for everyone here on WP who has the smallest hesitation about naming themselves. I love it. Thanks.

      1. Hi Ruth,
        Since I’ve never been nominate for any awards before, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do something now or if one of the blogs is chosen of the five you’ve selected. Any guidance you could offer would be appreciated. Thanks!

      2. Hi Allison – it is a bit confusing, isn’t it? These Blog Awards are passed on from blogger to blogger, and the rules for accepting the award are in my original post – you need to write a new post about the award, display the badge on your blog, pass on seven facts about yourself, and nominate more people yourself 🙂 It’s not a competition, more of a peer-to-peer appreciation of each other, another way of increasing networking – hope that helps 🙂

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