Probably the best kept secret in my neck of the woods is a swimming hole in Sunburst, North Carolina. It’s about 30 miles to the west of my home, deep in Haywood County, near the Tennessee border. It’s actually part of a river system near Lake Logan, in the Smoky Mountains. It’s one of those places that mostly just the local people know about, since it’s not advertised anywhere, there are no signs leading to it, and there is no admission to get in. Which is wonderful because it never gets too crowded, and you almost feel like it’s your own little secret happy place.
You just park by the side of the road and walk down to the water (you have to be careful — it’s very rocky and lots of roots too). But once you’re down there, you’re in for a treat. The water is cold, and probably the clearest freshwater I’ve ever seen — or tasted. There is no cloudiness to it at all. You can drink it and it tastes fantastic. In fact, I filled my water bottle with it to take back home with me. Next time, I’m taking a gallon jug!
I went up to my waist in the water (I didn’t jump off the rocks like the kids in this video were doing — and the water does look quite deep in the middle) and when you emerge you do feel rather tingly all over — I’m not sure if that’s due to the coldness or the minerals in the water. It has a very “soft” feel to it, and I did feel very relaxed for several hours after this trip, so I wonder what good, healthful minerals it might have been infused with.
There were blue swallowtail butterflies everywhere! Here is the video I made. Please excuse how amateurish it is — I’m new at making videos and haven’t figured out how to get it to fill the screen yet. I just posted this one and the Clearwater Beach one on my Youtube account, which I’ve always had but never had anything of my own on it before.
God, I love this man. Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, is full of snark and insights. Here, he tells Trump why “Mexico is not going to pay for that f*cken wall,” among other things. The jab about Trump’s Diet Coke drinking not helping with his weight is priceless.
Besides being uproariously funny, Fox seems to be compassionate, even trying to appeal to the child Trump used to be. Unfortunately, a malignant narcissist as far gone as Trump is never going to have the insight or desire to “build a bridge across the oceans of time” to reach his child-self. But I love the fact Fox goes there.
Hey, if Fox can’t run for President, he should apply as a regular on Saturday Night Live.
Anyone who reads narcissism blogs has heard the term “flying monkey,” straight out the famous movie, The Wizard of Oz. But WOZ is important to narcissistic abuse survivors for much than just that. Tracy Malone takes us down the Yellow Brick Road and explains what we can all learn from the film’s iconic characters and their actions.
I have a wood thrush who sings from the high treetops by my house. I know because his song sounds exactly like the one in this video. I love this bird’s song, and the haunting, almost metallic way it sounds. Wood thrushes live all along the East Coast of the United States, and are shy birds. They are most common deep in the forest, but since I live on the edge of one, I can still hear him from my house.
In the early morning, and again at dusk, all the birds, including this one, go nuts with their singing. It’s like listening to a symphony. It drives my cats insane. They jump at the windows trying to figure out where all the singing is coming from.
Rita sure does. She drives trucks along the Bolivian Road, believed to be the “world’s most dangerous road.” Watch this documentary — you will be on the edge of your seat. I could never do what she does!