Garland Park

  • The Impact we Have on the Lives of Others The Impact we Have on the Lives of Others

    The Impact we Have on the Lives of Others

The Impact we Have on the Lives of Others

It has been raining for many days and the Carmel River is rushing with water.

Carmel River - Garland ParkSome of the local roads are closed due to flooding.  While this river is moving with quick speed, I hear a lot of people saying, “Things aren’t moving fast […]

  • Praise Yourself for Breaking Old Habits Praise Yourself for Breaking Old Habits

    Praise Yourself for Breaking Old Habits

Praise Yourself for Breaking Old Habits

This trail leads to a loop that takes you past tall eucalyptus trees, oaks, and bay bushes.  It’s called Cooper’s Loop.

Trail_Garland Park

This trail loop is flat and therefore it attracts a lot of joggers. The center of the loop is grass and low bushes, making the views of the trees and […]

  • We get wiser through learning from our mistakes We get wiser through learning from our mistakes

    We get wiser through learning from our mistakes

We get wiser through learning from our mistakes

As you can see, this is a brilliant display of red poison oak leaves.

Poison Oak

Winter will come soon and the leaves will fall away leaving thin stalks that look harmless. I learned this lesson a few years back. The path that cuts through this natural growth of poison oak is steep. […]

  • God’s Love Comes in Many Ways to Heal God’s Love Comes in Many Ways to Heal

    God’s Love Comes in Many Ways to Heal

God’s Love Comes in Many Ways to Heal

Grass is amazing. The history of grass is interesting in how it helped civilizations and nature evolve.

 

It became an important way for tilling the land and creating excellent crops. Grass offered food for wildlife and domesticated animals. Grass grew back even when the challenges seemed impossible.

 

I want to introduce you to a poem that comes from the point of […]

  • Every Day is a Chance to Help Those in Need Every Day is a Chance to Help Those in Need

    Every Day is a Chance to Help Those in Need

Every Day is a Chance to Help Those in Need

These tiny white flowers bloom in Garland Park only when the season is matched to their blooming cycle.

In twenty years I have not seen them in such proliferation. One park ranger showed me a small clump of flowers with the exact same bloom but it was purple. He said,

“This is the first time we have seen this variation of […]

  • While Adversity can be Turned Around, Being Prepared is Much Easier. While Adversity can be Turned Around, Being Prepared is Much Easier.

    While Adversity can be Turned Around, Being Prepared is Much Easier.

While Adversity can be Turned Around, Being Prepared is Much Easier.

There are many days like this in Garland Park when the clouds, wind, filtered sun and shadows begin to be a regular scenario as fall and winter begin to set into the Monterey Peninsula.

The sun is much lower and darkness comes at 500 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m. during summer months.

Therefore if you start hiking at 3:00 in the […]

  • Let the Impossible Become the Probable Let the Impossible Become the Probable

    Let the Impossible Become the Probable

Let the Impossible Become the Probable

You are looking at a Protea plant.

This plant stands about five feet tall and the same dimension in width with many limbs of growth and obviously many years of producing exquisite flowers. This plant is very unique. I believe it is the only Protea growing in Garland Park. I have never seen another Protea plant in all my decades […]

  • Allow your inner resilience to weather the storms of life Allow your inner resilience to weather the storms of life

    Allow your inner resilience to weather the storms of life

Allow your inner resilience to weather the storms of life

This Garland Park image is devoted to the theme of “NOT GIVING UP.”  I call this “the scrawny tree.”

It stands in the foreground of “the Stand Alone tree” that I wrote about in another Garland Park blog.

 

The Scrawny Tree has had a tough time over the years. Other saplings have died around it because the tree stands in a […]

  • Think abundantly so abundance can find you Think abundantly so abundance can find you

    Think abundantly so abundance can find you

Think abundantly so abundance can find you

 

When I sit on my bench in Garland Park I feel deserving of having this bench.

The other benches in Garland Park are MEMORIAL BENCHES, that is, the person has passed on and the bench is in memory of their life. So you might say, my bench is unique in that I can sit and enjoy it without being in […]

  • God is here for us, and we are here for each other God is here for us, and we are here for each other

    God is here for us, and we are here for each other

God is here for us, and we are here for each other

It is a lovely day on the Mesa and you can see the lovely reflections of the surrounding area in reflections on the water.

Every one is so pleasant and happy in Garland Park. It is as if the best comes out in them and they are kind, supportive and respectful. Being in Garland Park reminds me of […]