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There are many and varied ways to get oneself a clean, new feeling; soap and water are not the only ways to achieve such a state. Going outside and getting a breath of fresh air or moving enough to get the blood running, but not the sweat pouring, can both be helpful if one is feeling a touch grimy. Going outside in the rain is a way to wash cobwebs away; soap would ruin the feeling, though. But, as someone once said: Clean mind, clean body, take your pick. If I must choose, I choose a clean mind that will work well when I want it to and that is healthy, resilient, and has a sense of humor. One can’t get through life with minimum pain and suffering without a sense of humor, and sometimes not even then.  Although dry clean may mean cleaning while dry as above, or cleaning clothes without using water, I like to think of it as a dry, clean mind. Dry humor is seldom mean-spirited and is mostly directed toward the self to elicit laughter from others, a very altruistic motive. It also allows one to laugh in situations where the alternative is to cry; and that is a good thing since laughter is better than tears at curing ills or making them better. Any appropriate kind of humor is good to help with the megrims, but only appropriately. Not every sad time is time when one wants to be cheered up. Grieving has its place, too, though not for too hard or too long. Wet being the root word of humor in the first place (from the Latin) and most wet humor being slapstick in nature, it doesn’t seem to me very mind cleansing or refreshing. Dry humor, delivered properly, can promote the best kind of laughter to be found. And there’s nothing more revitalizing than that. Wouldn’t you rather laugh with someone laughing at themselves than have a bucket of water dumped over your head to cleanse your mind?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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