Day 40: Something Beautiful—Something Placid

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Barns charm me. So do cottages, broad board porches with ceiling hung swings. Lodges like they used to be with local stone in their facades, lemonade sipping porches, and great boulder fireplaces. An hour yesterday catching up with dear sister, Rose, in Vermont stirred a kaleidescope of Adirondack memories. The Eleven Lakes wine trail. Clear beautiful lakes and their cottages where, I know if went for a summer, I would pen my own deep and ponderous thoughts—my modern day “On the Road.”

Lodges. As if driven beyond my will—I began searching for lodges today. Then Adirondack Lodges. After only a few,  Mirror Lake Inn crooked its index finger and I blindly obeyed.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

The Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, New York. It is only an hour and a half from Rose’s and Dennis’ house. Already, it is my placid muse. The spa for Rosie. For me—a poem, a painting, a book’s first draft. OK, outline—and much more.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 40: Something Beautiful—Something Placid

  1. Janice Hunt says:

    Oh, how beautiful!! Who wouldn’t love to go there. Thank you Donna, for your reminder every day of all the beauty in our world. I’m so grateful to be your friend and to be included in these beautiful sights every day. Love & Light, Jan

    • vbassoc says:

      I’m grateful for you too, Jan. One of the common characteristics of my friends is there ability to recognized and appreciate beauty. Sharing this with all of you is part of the joy. Love, light, and beauty back at you.

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