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My Go-To Place

The walkway at Riverwinds
The walkway at Riverwinds

It’s where I go to think things over and sometimes to write. For me, it’s a nearby place of inspiration and gentle breezes that stir the soul. Located in Thorofare, New Jersey, Riverwinds Community is bordered by the mighty Delaware River.

Behaving as a writer and not a photographer, I grabbed my writing pad rather than my camera, when my daughter unexpectedly suggested a visit during a recent day of Indian summer. I would have preferred that these photos came from a camera, but I have to admit that my cell phone did a half-decent job.

Early signs of Fall
Early signs of Fall

On a clear, warm day like this, I was reminded how good it felt to be alive as I glanced out over the river. At times, the soft sounds of the waves lapping at the shore were lost int the roar of the planes landing across the river at Philadelphia International Airport. Nonetheless, there seemed a strange sense of harmony between the solitude of nature and the intrusive sounds of a busy world.

Plane landing across the Deleware River at Philadelphia International Airport
Plane landing across the Deleware River at Philadelphia International Airport

Maybe harmony is the key here. Perhaps those times in the past when I came here for confirmation of an important decision or comfort for a troubling situation, it was harmony I sought and received.

A powerhouse of humanity - the Philadelphia Skyline seen faint in the distance.
A powerhouse of humanity – the Philadelphia Skyline seen faintly in the distance to the right.

Of course, some people still throw trash into the river. I was reminded of my post, Sad Signs of Spring from early 2012 as I looked down at the bottles on the beach.

Trash on the shores of the Delaware River
Trash on the shores of the Delaware River

So how about you? What do you do or where do you go when you want to think things over or need to relax and get away from the everyday hassles of life?

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  1. Wow, you are really blessed to have such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great pictures and I enjoyed your post, Shirley.
    I’m blessed to have a lovely arboretum in my town. I can be indoors in their library or lunch room or outside. I can sit on a bench, take a hike, or drive around. My favorite spot there is a bench by a lake. I need to go there more often because it soothes my soul and helps me write.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Susan. I am glad you have an inspirational place to go to also!

  3. What a beautiful and serene place – great pictures Shirley!

  4. Very beautiful. The walkway is something which I would love to walk.

    • I appreciate your comment, Sartenada! There is also a walking path through the woods nearby.

  5. It looks like a beautiful place to sit and think and write. Your cell phone did a good job. πŸ™‚ As for me, I am discovering new places to sit and relax. My favorite so far is the dock on the creek. I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m sitting out there.

    • It’s good you are finding those special spots at your new place, Robin. Places around water often seem to provide that special sense of peace, don’t they? Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for sharing these pictures. They’re great – so peaceful – somehow…. at least to me!

  7. Such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them.

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