This blog is an outcome of trying to find more balance in a life that has been largely devoted to work for the last 40 years.  I have entered a period of semi-retirement, doing what I have done for many years now but on a part time basis.  I am a part time Social Studies teacher at a local charter high school that has classes in the late afternoons and evenings for students in rural Appalachia. Until recently, I also taught U.S. History as an adjunct professor at a nearby university.   In my previous life (before teaching) I spent a few years as a newspaper reporter and several more as a civil rights investigator.  I love books, world music, Appalachian culture and folklore, all things Native American, genealogy, photography, the natural world, and now blogging… My blog posts may be about almost anything, hence my “Eclectic Musings”
…  I am learning that “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

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  1. You have had such a wide career! I would love to hear more about your time as a civil rights investigator. I hope you find your connection that always helps you advance towards your goals.

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  2. Your blog is welcoming. I also love flowers. May good fortune guide your path… J. A. Ireland Sesla’s Enchanted Tales

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  3. I’m looking forward to following your blog. Very interesting! I share your love of all things Native American as I work in a native daycare center.
    You had me at the “Playing for Change” video, United but I am sure there is much more for me to catch up on in this wonderful blog. 🙂

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  4. I am fully retired but take care of my SO but I did find extra hours on my hands and decided to pursue my passion for writing. We sound similar in the way we look at our retirement…not an end, but a new beginning. I’ll look forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. When I began my blog, I intended to write more, but now I find myself more interested in doing photography. So mine has become more of a photography blog… Glad you’re enjoying writing and entering into a new era in your life! Cheers!

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      1. Hmm, I’m unfamiliar with sweetgum–but how interesting that the leaf color is different this year. I’m so glad you got the red one “snapped”, as it looks so striking on the gray wood. God bless you BIG!

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      1. I was born at “Emerson Hospital” as were all my children. Thoreau, as you probably guessed is where I got the title of my blog. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation…”

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  5. I have granted you the Most Influential Blogger Award. I hope you enjoy it. I can totally understand if you do not wish to participate. Please don’t be offended if yours an award free blog…I just wanted you to know that I think your blog is great.

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  6. Hello neighbor! We live near each other, I think … I’m in Sautee Nacoochee, too. And, I’m working on a story about the ACA (Obamacare), and really loved your post about your experience with BCBS. Is there any chance that we can chat on the phone for a few minutes? I’m trying to finish up my story (for Georgia Trend magazine, whom I write for) about the ACA and would love to share your experience. The only thing is, my deadline is this weekend! Anyway, maybe we know each other already (small valley!). I’m Jerry Grillo, live just off Duncan Bridge Road, and my email address is fourcrickets@windstream.net … if you can spare a few minutes for a phone interview, drop me a line, and I’ll email my phone number to you, or whatever … either way, great blog!

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  7. Hi, this is just to let you know that we nominated you for a inspiring blog award. You may have received many of them already. You do not have to do anything, just know that we like visiting and your blog! We’ll be posting the rules on our blog post/page, just as soon as I’ve figured them out. So please check this out…this week, if you’re interested.

    We look forward to your future posts.

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  8. Thank you for coming to “The Badger & the Whooping Crane,” – and saying those nice things, too. I’m so glad I found Your Blog! (Found it last week , and now can’t even remember just how I found it – hopping around from blog, to blog, I guess – and of course your blog name caught my attention – so interesting!) You’ve traveled a lot of interesting paths – and are exploring so many – I know I’m going to enjoy returning often.

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  9. Hello again, I mentioned we were visiting Atlanta and when I read your About page I remembered reading that you teach at a nearby University. My brother teaches Law at Georgia State University and I thought you might just know him! Long shot I know but that would be neat!
    All the best
    Sally

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    1. Hello. I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I am in hospital and have been here about 3 days but am on the mend now. I’m sorry to say I don’t know your brother. I teach at Brenau University on Gainesville, about 50 miles north of Atlanta. That would have been neat, though. Enjoy your trip!

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