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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
This blog relates to life observations before and after age 50. Basically how change is inevitable and affects the way we see things
Beauty All Around
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By Lori Broschat
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in ...
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This Side of 50
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in July 2014. I love to write and have some published works. Blogging is a hobby of mine and this will be my third blog. I have a grown daughter named Ashley who is a student and sometime resident of Devils Lake. I am a movie buff, an Anglophile, and I possess more books than I have time to read!
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On week two of my vacation in Great Britain we were guests in the county of Yorkshire.  Our host took us on a lovely (and lively) drive through the area known as the Yorkshire Moors and the North Pennines, a place granted the designation of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, quite accurate, in my opinion.  We saw valleys and hills and rivers and other bodies of water.  Most of it looked quite untouched and wild, well, kind of like you'd expect a moor to look.  If you haven't heard me say it before, I genuinely love England, just the look of it, so green with its hedgerows and sheep everywhere.



I've tried to compare it to places here at home, but without much success.  There are places that come close, but not exactly the same.  Not quite as many sheep, and very few castles.  Not that I don't appreciate my own country for its variety of geographies and topographies.  I have only ever lived in two states; this one and Kentucky, which is also a very beautiful state.  It has rolling green hills, forests, waterfalls, and looks great in fall.  Not so many sheep, but tons of horses.



I have lived in six counties in North Dakota; Ramsey, Ward, Williams, McIntosh, Eddy, and Pembina.  I have come full circle by moving back to Ramsey.   I used to think Ward was the prettiest because of the deep gorges and steep hills.  Williams also features cliffs and plateaus reminiscent of our national park farther south.  McIintosh is similar if not slightly more flat.  When I moved to Pembina County I was struck by the immense number of trees.  The area of the gorge is particularly gorgeous in the fall (no pun intended).  My home county is not without its charm - lots of fun little towns to explore, beautiful waterfowl, and of course, a whole lot of water.



I have to say, though, I have a special affinity for Eddy County and parts of Foster County.  The hills there are always surprising.  They come up after miles of flat highway and then you find yourself climbing and turning sharply, overlooking wonderful valleys.  The fields are always so lush and alongside the road you happen to spy darling little families of ducks or geese or other birds.  Summer is not my favorite season, but driving through these counties in summer is an experience in shades of green and blue.  There's nothing like a cloudy sky over a green growing crop.



I don't mean to sound biased, as if one county is better than another.  We all have our preferences.  Some people like the desert, others prefer mountains.  Some people don't care for either.  I'm not a farm girl, but I love the look of the country, even in other countries!  I'm sure if you think about the places you've seen, perhaps more exotic than I've visited, you have some favorites.  One thing is for sure, on our planet there is beauty all around.  Sometimes you have to look for it, other times it finds you.

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