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Just some doodles — but I liked it and so I kept it. — Art by Pat Bean

Aging my Way

Some days a thought pops into my head and then keeps rolling.

For example, this morning I came across a quote by Isaac Asimov, who wrote that the most exciting phrase to hear in science is not “Eureka, I found it,” but rather “Hmm, that’s funny.”

The thought made me laugh out loud.

Then a frame from the commercial of peanut butter and chocolate colliding to create peanut butter cups flashed across my brain. Perhaps that was because I had recently received a surprise box from my guardian angel daughter-in-law that included some Reese’s minis, my favorite candy.

Then my thoughts jumped to art, and I thought of my watercolor paintings and the pieces that were created, as Bob Ross used to say, by happy accidents. Art, I might note, that I often liked much better than the pieces I had spent hours trying to make perfect.

And then the words of Leonard Cohen popped into my head: “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” I especially liked this thought because I’m come to know my own cracks – and appreciate them.

And then my curiosity sent me on a search to find things that had been created by accident; The list I came up with includes: rubber, Viagra, Teflon, gunpowder, safety glass, corn flakes, post-it notes, Velcro, x-ray, and penicillin.

And then my clock alarm rang. It had been set for 20 minutes, during which time I was supposed to be writing on my memoir, Between Wars. The page before me was blank.

I had set the timer because these days my body needs to move so as not to stiffen up. So, I got up, vacuumed my living room, reset my timer and wrote this blog.

Pat Bean is a retired award-winning journalist who lives in Tucson with her canine companion, Scamp. She is an avid reader, the author of Travels with Maggie available on Amazon (Free on Kindle Unlimited), is always searching for life’s silver lining, and these days aging her way – and that’s usually not gracefully.

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“Be like Curious George, start with a question and look under the yellow hat to find what’s there.”  — James Collins

I couldn't find a yellow hat to follow, so I followed a yellow butterfly instead. -- Photo by Pat Bean

I couldn’t find a yellow hat to follow, so I followed a yellow butterfly instead. — Photo by Pat Bean


It is said that curiosity killed the cat. All I have to say to that is it’s a good thing I’m not a cat.  And it seems I’m not alone in thinking that:

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker

“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious;”  and  “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Blog pick of the day.

Blog pick of the day.

Bean Pat:  Bluebonnet Heaven http://tinyurl.com/lrw7jz6  This native Texan couldn’t help but share this blog.







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Larry Kangas in front of a tiger mural he recently painted for a San Diego retirement home .

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly. — Arnold Edinborough

I love the Internet. It keeps me in touch with loved ones and friends while I’m all the way across the country. I can see pictures of my great grandson as he takes his first step, and keep in touch with a son’s who’s halfway across the world in Afghanistan. 

It also adds an extra dimension to my travels, from researching my destinations to answering a head full of questions, including a recent one about who was the artist that painted a fire house in Morton, Washington, which I wrote about August 2.  

My curiosity, which I guarantee is greater than the one that killed the cat, wanted to know more about the artist. I was sure I had seen other work by him in my travels.  

With only the signature “Kangas’” to go on, I searched the Web and discovered the artist was Larry Kangas of Beaverton, Oregon, and that he has been painting big for over 35 years – and is still going. 

We exchanged a couple of e-mails, and I learned that he has painted his murals on everything from walls in private homes to aviation museums. As a U.S. Air Force navigator for 21 years, aircraft have been one of favorite subjects over the years.  

Assisted living facilities have been the beneficiary of his most recent work, however. 

“Must be those boomers,” he says, adding that “I am one.” He said the idea is to bring in the mural artists to paint some “memories.” 

Thanks Larry, for yet another one of those interesting travel surprises that keep me wanting never to leave the road. And thanks to the Internet for letting this “inquiring mind” learn a bit about “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey always liked to say.  

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