I only have a couple of days left in my job as a campground host in Northern Minnesota. Fortunately Mother Nature is offering her very best fall days as a send off. The leaves are brilliantly colored and the sunny days magnify the effect.(More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

I took a long walk as a way to escape the temptation to check and see how the Republicans in Washington D.C. are not doing. The last headline I saw was a reporter tweeting about congressmen boozing as the government shutdown looms. That seemed to break through my fascination with D.C. and send me off for a walk. Right now, having sent my emails, signed the petitions and made a few phone calls there is nothing I can do about this mess. I don’t do helpless well at all and sometimes exercise is a good outlet. Calling my stroll through the woods exercise is perhaps overstating things.

Since the campground is empty, there were no other human beings to hear my ranting. I have strong progressive values. I believe that government should work for “We the people.” I muttered on about the cruelty and selfishness of the GOP. I did see one squirrel who seemed to be paying attention but then maybe he could smell the peanut butter sandwich I was eating. I startled the deer as I came around one bend in the trail. Maybe I am not the only human they have heard muttering. They just looked up at me and didn’t even run away.

Eventually I came to a giant school bus sized boulder by the lakeshore. It is one of my favorite places to sit. Water calms me down. I felt some of my stress being washed away by the sound of the gentle waves the rocks. My mood changed from free range anger to one of deep sadness. I thought of all the good people who will be hurt by this charade. I felt for President Obama having to deal with these petulant jerks. I found myself sending a vision of the strength of the stones to all Democrats in Washington.

At least for me, a walk in the woods was a step towards sanity. I wish for each of you some activity that restores your soul and lets you survive this. My granddaughter standing on the rock earlier this summer..