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  • That's a picture of my dog Cleo and my driveway. On the north (left) side is ranchland where 30 or more horses regularly roam. On the south side are corn fields. The wind was blowing pretty hard when I took this picture and the temperature was about 20 degrees.

    Every year I've made resolutions of change - lose this, gain that, do more of those. I haven't completely escaped them this year, but I'm trying to.

    Instead I'm focusing more on knowing what I have around me. I live in rural South Dakota on a small house with my dog and cat. The nearest house is about a mile and a half in any direction. Instead of being a place of contemplation, reflection, reading and writing, it became a place that no one could disturb me in my epic marathons of Netflix shows.

    As the new year approached I kept thinking of the things I would soon deprive myself of in pursuit of a better me or better life. Then, I came upon a book about a monastery in South Dakota which got me thinking more about the place I live now and how I do and don't appreciate what it does offer regularly (as opposed to what it doesn't have - coffee shops, nearby grocery stores, movie theaters, etc. etc.).

    So this year, I'm going to try to take a picture every couple of days of my home here and write why it matters.

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