Dennis Maust | Recurring Events
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common: this is to be my symphony.
-- William Henry Channing
Seasons around the house. Having made it through one full cycle of the seasons, the time has come to post pictures. From spring to summer to autumn to winter, the seasonal changes are delightfully inspiring. Most of the landscaping was completed before I moved in. I'll make every effort to keep things going and update here and there, as well.
Rail Trails: Mon River/Caperton/Deckers Creek. As much as I love the Katy Trail in Dallas, the rail trails in and around Morgantown are amazing. Scenic. Lengthy (48 miles). Hilly. Flat. Convenient. And a great way to get from place to place. Granted, don't be in a hurry, and don't be afraid to sweat a little bit. Walking. Jogging. Biking. Eight miles paved for in-line skating. And one option that Dallas couldn't advertise very much, if at all: cross-country skiing. Designated a National Recreation Trail, this trail system rocks!
Morgantown: small town, college town, downtown Morgantown. So, a routine seems to be developing when I walk to town. It usually consists of visiting the brother, nephew, and other experts at Brockway Avenue Auto Repair. Then a walk across the Walnut Street Bridge finds me at either Blue Moose Café, or up High Street to Café Mojo, or around the Willey Street corner to The Grind. Finally, I end up at the WVU Downtown Campus Library, most often in one of the quite reading rooms. Contentment.
St. John's College Santa Fe was a summer destination for eleven years. After the "introductory" first two year's of Summer Classics (one week each summer), the next four years consisted of eight-week summer semesters enroute to a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (2005-2008). Great Books. Segments: Literature; History; Math and Science; Politics and Society. The summer of 2009 for the optional fifth segment (Philosophy and Theology) was sadly cut short. Summer 2010 found me reading Cervantes and working on a master's essay. The oral completing the optional master's essay occurred in April 2011. Summer 2011 marked a return engagement with Philosophy and Theology. Summer 2012: Husserl precept and some Ancient Greek self-study. Summer 2013: attempted the Greek Institute; ended up also doing a lot of supplementary writing. We'll see where it leads.
Dallas White Rock Lake. For those lengthy runs, bike rides, and general all-around outdoor activities at the "water heart" of Dallas.
Dallas Katy Trail. It was essentially in my backyard! The perfect trail for a short run, a quick bike ride, a walk to Victory Park, hustling to the Victory Park DART Station, or a stroll to dining, drinks, downtown, Uptown, Southern Methodist University, or just about anywhere in between. Mom loved it!
Colorado fourteeners. No better way to recapture your perspective and sense of self than a week or two hiking and backpacking through the Colorado Rockies. There are 54 (by most counts) fourteen-thousand foot peaks in Colorado, just in case you want to keep track of your ascents.