February 22, 2012 Edition

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Season's end encourages realignment

John Bland
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One evening this week, I experienced a slightly uneasy feeling. On this particular night, nothing on TV really held my interest. I had just finished a book and hadn't found another that I was ready to start. I looked at some self-improvement books that I've intended to read, but I really wanted light entertainment or escapism in a book.

On this same night, Renee and Anna were working on a 1,000-piece puzzle, which is the cover of The Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover. Cousin Leigh Riddick and husband, Ted Jaditz, of Bethesda, Md., saw it and couldn't resist sending it because they had been reading for months about Walnut Ridge's Abbey Road Beatles sculpture.

As Anna said, much of the puzzle consists of about five shades of gray. She is referring to the asphalt in the road. There is a mental high in finding the right puzzle piece, but I'm just not good at it. In my case, finding one piece in 30 minutes isn't that satisfying. I do want to have it framed, once they are finished.

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It didn't take too long to realize that after approximately six months, our schedule of two and sometimes three ballgames had ended. First, we had Lady Bobcat volleyball, starting in August, combined with Friday night football and the PRIDE marching band, and, since mid-November, Lady Bobcat basketball. Our basketball season ended last Wednesday night.

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Don't get me wrong. We do welcome the break, and I am not looking for more night activities or meetings. However, after that long, it is still an adjustment. For anyone, life is a matter of finding the right balance and pastimes that suit you.

As the evening passed, I realized it was just a good thing to acknowledge the transition from constant activity to a different schedule. It was a good time to think about that precious thing called free time and consider how best to constructively use it.

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