A little advice is a good thing. When it comes from an expert, it’s even better.
So here are the professor’s tips for staying comfortable on hot, August days.
Seek the shade.
Drink plenty of water.
Eat your fruits and vegetables.
Professor? Well, for the month of August, I decided to explore close to home. Yes, for many people this is prime vacation time. But for a multitude of reasons, some people are unable to travel. So take a look around and see what you can find within a drive of two hours or less.
Professor Chimp dispenses his advice and demonstrate a carefree attitude at the St. Louis Zoo.
Do you live near a zoo? Have you considered a stroll among the animals as a place for a “date”? Light and casual courting in Comfort Zone, a sweet romance, includes a zoo date with emphasis on elephants.
Montauk State Park is all about trout. Hatched, growing, carefree, and hooked.
Fishermen of all sizes have options. Come for the day. Rent a cabin. Rent a motel room. Camp in comfort ranging from tent, to small trailer, to luxury motorhome.
At the park store, you can find last minute supplies and the all-important trout tag. Be sure to pin it to your hat or shirt.
Future fish (trout) dinners grow under the watchful eye of Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources.
A coin and turn of the vending machine knob gives you enough pellets to start a brief feeding frenzy. No hooks allowed in this portion of the park.
Caught your limit for the day? How about a tour of the old gristmill? A hike on a well-marked trail? A little time watching children on the playground? Or a friendly chat, trading fish stories, with you temporary neighbors?
Fictional photographer Serena Carter had an adventure worth recording in “Morning Tryst” in this park.
Personal contact. Physical contract. Touch. Are you aware it is one of the human needs?
Depending on the people you were raised with, the frequency and closeness of hugs varies. In my family of origin, hugs were brief and reserved for special occasions. However, when certain relatives arrived for a visit — you were HUGGED!
Do you remember any particular person’s hugs? For the warmth? The length? The strength?
Kitty will HUG you — and a few of your friends. She may feel a little stiff and cold (depending on the weather), but she means well and will stay still while you photograph loved ones (human and canine) within her paws.
In these days of pandemic and restricted movement — either self-imposed or otherwise — a person’s mind (at least mine) wants to travel. Let me out of the house, the state, the country, the century!
One cure: A book. Between the covers of a book, you can stay in one place – hope you are safe and warm – and still experience a different place and time.
Let’s see: where have I traveled so far in 2022. Present day suburban St. Louis; present day French Riviera; present day New Jersey; and London in 1703. No packing, no planes, no credit card charges. Simple as can be.
Where do you want to go? Are you unsure? Perhaps a little timid.
This happy animal suggests you travel to Crystal Springs, WI and get acquainted with some of his distant (very distant) relatives in Seed of Desire.
Okay — the actual word you ask your model (or child) to say does not matter very much. I have heard that it gives the best expression to have an “S” near the end of the word. (Hmmmm…the photographer for our high school year book was eager to prompt the girls with the word “boys”.)
Photographs, and a great many other things, have gotten more casual during my lifetime. Gone are the days when my mother (the photographer of the family) asked us to squint into the sun and smile at the same time. Now we hold up a digital camera or phone and can check for results before we’re gone from the picnic, visit to relatives, or zoo. (Granted, animals continue the habit of turning away at critical times.)
Has a smile ever made you nervous? Raised all your internal caution flags?
Hey! I never claimed to be a poet. My use of meter and rhyme stalled out about age nine.
Can you imagine having a quiet afternoon in this room? The light looks good to curl up beside the dog on the couch and enjoy a book. What would you read? Adventure? History? Romance? Or how about — a historical romance full of adventure?
I think you can find a volume to your liking at any public library. And the writing should be better than my poetry.