Sunrise Over Arkansas

My best ideas have never come under duress.  I have seldom figured something out or had a startling realization by sitting down and consciously asserting myself mentally.

No, the best way for me to think is to control my environment; to remove anything that might be sucking up brainpower and relax.  For me, the best place has always been Arkansas where I grew up.  It’s quiet, and it makes my mind quiet.  My parents house is nestled into the woods where I can go for walks, look at every star in the sky, listen to the noises the animals make, or just relax in my flannel and wool socks and watch the sunrise.

Click to enlargen the image.

Yes, I regularly wake up this early.  Always have.  Blame my father for his early-to-rise genetics.

Happiness in life means finding the people you inevitably think about when you see something like this.  I’m glad my dad was awake.  I hope Greta can visit my old home with me some day.  This morning I wished very fervently that Michaelyn and Christina were here.

Michaelyn will be here in four days!  :)  The blog may go silent for a few days while we explore.  I’ll make it up to you with pictures.

PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.
PERSONAL: The corrupting power of fame and my love for my commenters.
PERSONAL: Happy birthday, Hitch.
You guys are wonderful.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Emily

    I’m glad you’ve found some serenity, JT. Thank you for sharing this post, it’s a great reminder that I really do need to go camping tomorrow.

    This is my new favourite quote >> “Happiness in life means finding the people you inevitably think about when you see something like this.”

  • Anonymous

    Well, I didn’t know you were from Arkansas! Another firebrand for
    AR. Guess that’s how we grow ‘em down there.

  • skinner city cyclist

    FYI, and apropos of your photo caption, “enlargen” is not a verb, whereas “enlarge” is. I think maybe you were thinking of the term “embiggen,” a word I never heard until I moved to Springfield, and a perfectly cromulent word.

    • Michaelyn

      I prefer enhugen.

      • Christina

        I kind of like, “enmassify” myself.

        I’ll try to make up for any JT silence.


    • Juicyheart

      Actually, enlargen is a word, and a verb at that. Less users than enlarge, but still a word.

  • Mikel

    I love being outside before dawn and warching the sun rise.