Splashes of happy color…

I have been in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the Emergency Management Institute since Sunday evening.  I have been here teaching a class for FEMA with my ever-pleasant colleague David McEntire from the University of North Texas.  The class was only a two day class so I’ll be headed home bright and early tomorrow morning.  That means I will miss the Wednesday breakfast blintzes and karaoke night – bummer.  Those will have to wait until I am here next time in June. 

Fortunately, I got to see and visit with so many of my favorite people here to include the ever delightful Barbara Johnson and the very funny Shannon Cool.  I know FEMA thinks I come here to contribute to the greater good by teaching courses and working on important projects, but the reason I really keep coming here is the people.  I laugh so much in this place.

Yesterday, while walking across the beautiful EMI campus I felt compelled to snap a photo of a blooming tree with my phone’s camera.  The photo isn’t that great overall as I was walking and photo-taking at the same time – thank heaven I wasn’t also attempting to chew gum, it could have been catastrophic.  At any rate, this photo – however poor the quality is – captured something that I could not see when I took the photo.  You can see it there below – a rainbow.

Now you can’t really see the tree I was after and you may tip over trying to put yourself in my same vantage point, but I think I fortuitously captured something even better…something I would have never seen had I not taken the photo.

It seems apropos – a rainbow in Emmitsburg.  That is how my days here are – full of rainbows.  Most of them aren’t the kind captured here – most of them are splashes of happy color across my interactions on this campus.  Beautiful, colorful interactions that paint my world with joy.  I love this place. ;-)

Day nine hundred and ninety-five of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to Splashes of happy color…

  1. Herald Fan says:

    I have taken a class at the National Fire Academy at Emmitsburg. The campus there, is very beautiful.

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