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Distraction Enow?

Published by JIM HARSTAD | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 4:01 AM



Seeking distraction, I decide to tell the Buckaroo all I know about
distraction, which amounts mostly to the mildly annoying sounds of
civilization — aircraft, automobiles, and arboreal buzzers and blowers
— and the pleasantly reassuring chirps, wafts, and fragrances of
Nature.

Obviously there are countless other kinds of distraction in this
overheated commercial and meteorological climate and in the utter
insanity of politics worldwide, but up here we do our best to ignore
them.

A life without distraction would be solitary confinement; too much
would bring multiplicities of confusion. Up here, we aim for a
manageable middle, a celestial paucity, a golden mean.

There you go, Buckaroo. Distraction. And that about does it for me, up
here in Palolo Valley Island of Oahu Hawaiian Archipelago Pacific
Ocean Planet Earth. Or, as John Denver once said, “almost Heaven.”



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