Right now I am typing this in the early morning as I am looking out at a beautiful tranquil lake. There are many birds making their morning sounds and the smell in the air is a deep nature smell. There is a mist over parts of the lake as I feel invigorated for this new day. This picture of the lake I see is like from famous painting of lake settings.
Last night, on our way back from Delaware after getting my computer fixed, we went to Marsh Creek State Park to sleep over:
We stopped and picked up a hoagie to share. Sitting on a park bench and eating this simple meal with the view we had was a joy. As we were driving in we saw two deer in a field next to the road getting an evening meal themselves.
Driving to the lake area we passed many houses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps, millionaire estates? Yet, we got to park “our” home right next to the lake and had a brilliant night in a fantastic location with beauty all around. When you are living and traveling in a van you can park about anywhere to sleep, even at the beach in Malibu, perhaps. So, your home is in fabulous places when and where you want.
Must be about five am and I just awoke from a pleasant sleep to this paradise we are experiencing. Tina is in the van getting some more slumber and I am sitting on a park bench about 30 feet away typing these words; a true–lap-top–with computer on my lap.
Last night when we arrived we were on the east side of the lake. Sunset as the sun was dropping into the lake was breathtaking. We took an evening drive around the lake and found a boat ramp area were we found a nice place to park for the night in the meadow and trees. This morning, being on the other side of the lake, we witnessed the sun arising over the lake, truly a lovely sight to see.
Yesterday was a special day. My daughter, April, graduated high school, with a big ceremony at Villanova University. They say there were upwards of 4,000 people there, many excited people seeing their kids finish high school. Like my daughter Jasmine did and does, both excelled in school and learning. More than just learning facts of life, they learned how to use their mind to think correctly, something so many people do not do.
You can find April on Facebook (she is a beauty), search for April Summers in Media, PA.
Why, looky there, April got to carry the school flag and be on stage during the ceremony with just one other student (can you tell I am the proud daddy?) Of course, there were some boring speeches by school staff, but the two hour program went quickly.
A group of us went for lunch at a very nice restaurant after. For the ceremony, I was sitting between Tina and Mary Ellen (until about 7 years ago Mary Ellen and I had been married for 23 years before we ended things.) It did feel quite strange sitting between those two females that have been and are a big part of my life.
While we were in the mode of selling Tina’s very nice home, her daughter happened to need a place to live for her and her son, Eric. She was able to get a loan and moved into Tina’s home last week, as we are moving out. They are fitting in quite nicely.
This excursion out to Marsh Creek was a test drive to see how it is to go somewhere nice and sleep in the van; we are going to have a fabulous life on the road. Tina gave her notice to quit last week and her last day is June 18. So, all set to start this new life of living and traveling the US living in this spectacular van that I built into a home.
We are glad we are giving up our home. Just right now the trash collectors and coming by—at two bucks a visit, twice a week. The expenses of living in a home are much—rent or mortgage, taxes, utility bills, miscellaneous upkeep—just to name a few. In the van—the cost of gas to get places and keeping the engine up—and that is all. We have a chance to live a full life, as opposed to simply going to work on a daily basis to pay all the bills.
There will be a big bon voyage and Leah moving in party on June 28 and be off the next day toward Maine and parts unknown. You are welcome to join us; we would love to see you. Please contact me if you can make it.
Adios>>>>>>Kit, 610-400-3233, email@example.com
PS I will have photos soon, still learning.June 12, 2015
- Last night Tina and I slept in the van, first time. We both slept well. I put in a 3 inch very comfortable memory foam mattress; felt great.Today Tina sold her car, so now we are completely committed (we have been for quite awhile.)Tina continues to work as we transition into complete living in the van. We are both so excited to get on the road. The freedom that is in front of us is a joy to think about.LOVE>>>>>>>>>>>KitJune 4, 2015
As you know, I have not been writing in my blog, time to start again.
Changes are a coming–a new life is starting–again.
Joy is on the way, I will be putting this on my blog often.
Please let me know about your life, it’s been awhile.
Some big changes you may not be aware of:
- 2009–My wife of 23 years and I broke up, devastated for a time.
- 2010–Was hit by a truck, the second time in my life, much of my body broken.
- 2011–Was put in jail on a false change, where I had to spend a month of my life.
- 2012–Had to get away to recover, I was able to set up juggling workshops in Australia and New Zealand, so off I went, after driving across the US, for a 5 month trip.
- Met Tina through the internet and the love continues to grow.
- Tina and I purchased a van, which I converted into our new home and we are going to travel and live in the van for upcoming years.
The van we have is fantastic. When we bought, the 2001 Dodge van only about 95,000 miles.This van was owned by Saint Joseph University Golf team, who used it to get to tournaments. Everything runs excellent. This drives outstanding.
We plan to live in and travel for upcoming years. With cell phones and internet we do not have to stick to one location. We can easily stay connected wherever we are in the world. I also have a pass for life to get into any national park/forest at no charge; will be nice.
Speaking of the world, we plan on traveling to each state, including Alaska. And, we can do the in any country in the world, which we are planning to do. Once we arrive we buy a van and I will build into another home.
After removing all the seats I rebuilt the inside.
- I built wooden boxes with strong frames on each side, plenty of storage.
- A futon mattress fits on one site as a sofa; very comfy.
- The other side I put in a lift table that comes up to eat on or do computer/office work.
- The back of the sofa is a board that fits between the boxes to make a full bed when we lower the futon.
- I will be putting in a 25 gallon water tank, including a pump and water heater.
- Until then, we will shower with this: http://www.campsaver.com/summer-shower.
- And, we will have a membership with Planet Fitness, which have locations nationwide, all have a shower to use.
- I put in a small sink, made of bamboo, in the back/kitchen area.
- We will be able to partially close the backdoors, put a shower curtain around, and get clean in the shower.
- We have a portable pleasant potty to take care of business.
- The doors open wide. On each door I attached a table that folds out.
- More storage was built into each door.
- Tina can stand in the van, I have to duck down alittle.
- We bought a bike rack for the back, carrying our two bikes.
- There are skylights on each side, so I put planters and we are growing lettuce, spinach, and cilantro.
- Later I will put solar panels on the roof for all the electrical power we need.
Remember, it’s not what stuff you have that give value to your life–but how much life you have lived.
Tina and I will be living the life that WE want.
We are taking the time to truly live life, rather than suffer through it.
We will travel with the warm weather, in hotter up north, milder toward the south.
Here is where our trip will initially take us:
I will be writing my blog as often as I can about the experiences of Tina and I on the road.
Did you read of my trip to Australia and New Zealand? Here is part:June 1, 2015
In Paris with Viktor Kee!
February 7, 2015 – Getting back to the writings for my blog (http://kitsummers.com/blog/), as you know, after my trip to Australia and New Zealand I kind of got away from writing for the blog. This will be the beginnings of many words upcoming. I love adventures, this is a new one.
Around January 20, 2015, Viktor Kee and I connected via Facebook. He told me of his foundation
and that they were meeting at The Cirque de Demain in Paris in a week to talk about his foundation. He wanted me there with them. So, on January 28, I flew to Paris for six days to be at:
Here is a video of Viktor and his amazing juggling and performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEJF0YM94u4
So, we talk and only 5 days later it was off to Paris.
I am so happy to be able to help people through his organization.
The day before I was to leave was the big snow storm. They had said it would be the worst in many years—it amounted to very little after all. It’s terrible how forecasters always forecast the worst a storm can possibly be, so that way everyone tunes in to watch the news. I do like challenges, and going to Paris so quickly was a big one.
As I left home there would be a two hour bus trip to JFK airport, which went quite smooth. Before I left I did not know if the bus would get me to the airport in time to get through the international detailed check out before I could leave. Everything had to be quite precise to get me there on the correct times. Then, at the airport, getting through the lines was not too long a process. Viktor booked me and I flew over on Aeroflot Airlines. Being a Russian airline, we flew from NYC over to Moscow, then, after a plane change, back to Paris. So, now I can say that I visited Moscow, yes?
Once on the plane I settled is comfortably for the 12 hour flight. I have trouble sleeping on planes, so, no sleep over or on the return, as I expected. Sleep is a strange thing; we all require sleep, but what a waste of time. I do better on four or five hours of sleep, rather than the eight we are told we all need.
Before I left I printed out a map and the area of the hotel I was booked at, so off I went to get on the Metro. Just one stop to change trains, then, after arriving at the end metro, it was a short walk to get to the hotel. I think it so rude of me not able to speak the language of the country I am in; many spoke English and I had no problem asking directions.
Something scary that I saw while walking in Paris, I passed by three people in camouflage outfits each carrying a machine gun. This world has gotten scary. And, in the airports, more police with guns (to protect us?)
Held at Cirque Phenix (http://cirquephenix.com/), the Cirque de Demain (http://www.cirquededemain.com/) circus competition was magnificent.
Sharing a room with Craig Quat, we are both going to be doing work for the foundation. Craig has an amazing background and has achieved excellence in many areas. Craig is devising ways to teach people to juggle—even working with the blind— take a look—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8QRPU1EEuY
In fact, Viktor is assembling an amazing group of high level teachers; I am so glad to be a part of what they do to help people. Another amazing teacher I met in Paris was Marco Paoletti, who helped me toward getting back toward juggling 5 balls. Marco was a student of Sergei Ignatov, the great Russian juggler. I’ve known Sergei for many years (even having him over for dinner at my house) and he is a great teacher. Now Marco is teaching young people in Argentina who are disadvantaged to juggle and live a better life. Here is Marco — http://www.maggler.com/ and, here is about Marco and Viktor’s Foundation — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtJU8ifXxmU
The Cirque de Demain Circus Competition—In the circus competition, all of those competing were very high level at whatever skill they showed. This is as special competition for performers under the age of 25; only human talent; no animals anywhere. I saw many techniques toward circus arts that were quite unique and top level. Of course, jugglers stood out for me. And, these two jugglers were so unique and special—excellence is what I witnessed.
Elegant and classy—Aleksandra Savina of Ukraine
After graduating from Kiev Academy of Circus, Aleksandra went on to perform many places. Along with having an excellent skill level with the hoops, her showmanship was outstanding. Another hoop roller, I first met Bob Bramson in 1978, who is an excellent juggler and a master of hoops; I thought it would be hard for someone to surpass his skill, yet I saw someone who could match him in Aleksandra.
Jimmy Gonzalez, a true artist.
The creativeness behind this man’s technique is extraordinary. Coming on stage with a ball of clay, this clay was broken into chunks and juggled in astounding ways. More than just juggling, Jimmy told a story with the clay and his show went over superb. In fact, Jimmy was awarded four special acknowledgments.
What a wonderful time I had at Cirque de Demain. I sadly checked out of the hotel and off I went back to the airport. On the flight back from Paris to Moscow I was sitting near a Russian girl who spoke good English. Olesya was returning from a fashion design event in Paris. There was an empty seat between us (so there was room) and I happened to have 3 scarves for juggling with me. In a short time Olesya was juggling! a wonderful thing to see.
After landing in JFK airport and taking a bus from the airport to New York City, I met up with my daughter, Jasmine, who is studying fashion design and living in NYC. I was staying the night at Cindy Marvel’s apartment (she lives in Boulder, Colorado) and she was not there. Here is Cindy juggling at the 2003 European Juggling Convention:
Currently staying at Cindy’s is Kyle Driggs, another excellent juggler. Find out more of Kyle: kyledriggs.com. Before I learned of Kyle from Cindy I knew of his name, yet did not know his style or juggling ability. After watching Kyle’s video I am so impressed with his performance. Take a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwbLEAWEPk
After the bus ride down to Allentown, PA, Tina picked me up and I went back home (so good to see Tina again.) Now to get back to what I am working on in my life—to help other’s to have a better future.
In writing this article it brought back memories of recent trip to Paris, and what a wonderful time I had.
Written by Kit Summers, Kitsummers.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-400-3233February 10, 2015
10 Ways To Fight Depression
Written by Kit Summers
First off, what you tell yourself, then how it really is.
1. In your mind your main thoughts are that life is hard.
Most Joyful people know that life can be difficult, yet they tend to get through hard times with an attitude of curiosity and interest versus feeling like a victim. Joyful people take responsibility for how they got “themselves” into the mess, and they focus on getting themselves out of it as soon as they can.
Determination towards results instead of complaining over what happens is in the mind of a joyful person. Sad people see themselves as victims of this life and they stay stuck in the old, “look what happened to me (again)” attitude, versus finding a way through and back to a good life.
Find and bring on joy in your life, we have that choice.
2. You believe most other people can’t be trusted.
A healthy insight is important, and most joyful people are trusting of others. They believe in the good in most people, versus assuming many others are out to get them. Generally open and friendly towards people, untroubled people have a sense of joy in life and are excited to meet new people with an open mind and heart.
Sad people are skeptical of new people they meet and assume that others can’t be trusted. Sorry to say, this attitude starts to close the door on any possible connections outside of an inner-web and impedes chances of meeting new possible friends.
Keep a certain trust in most people, try and make them a friend.
3. You focus on what’s wrong in the world as opposed to what’s right.
We have a choice, to see what is good in the world, or mainly see the bad. There are many problems that can come up, sad people look away from what works and just see what’s wrong. These people are the ones who constantly say, in their mind, “yeah but”.
Contented people know of worldwide issues, but they balance their concern, using an open mind, with seeing what works. Sad people tend to close their mind towards anything positive in fear they might not see what’s wrong; they look for the bad. Joyful people see both the good, and the bad. They know that the world has problems and they also keep an eye on what works.
Hold on to the bright future that you will be living.
4. You compare yourself to others, hold jealousy, and often put them above you.
Sad people believe someone else’s good fortune steals from their own. They believe there’s not enough goodness to go around and selfishly compare yours against theirs. This leads to jealousy, pain and resentment.
Joyful people know that we are in charge and good luck and circumstance are just signs of what they, too, can aspire to achieve. Untroubled people believe they carry a unique way that can’t be copied or stolen from. They believe in the unlimited possibilities and don’t get slowed down by thinking someone else’s good fortune limits their possible future in life.
A positive mindset will bring you far; you are the best.
5. You Live for Yourself Rather than Help others
The gloomy person thinks things should be done for them and toward them. As you know, this can’t be part of a happy life. Each of us mainly is out for ourselves, but, you see, the more you help others the better your life will become.
Sad people believe that, when things go wrong or bad, it is someone else’s fault and they get down and think it was “done to them”. Joyful people see the changes, work toward using the change to their advantage, and know that the more they get out and help others the better their life will become.
The more you help other people, the better your life will be.
6. Exercise is the Last Thing You Want to Do.
Sad people tend to sit around and mope. Happy people are out doing things, often exercising. I’m sure you’ve felt it, the clearing of mind that exercise brings on. Depressed? Workout and you will fix you. The relief may not come right away, but give it time, and you will find your depression fading away. Push yourself to exercise more and to stay on track in your mind AND your body.
Many studies have shown that exercise promotes mental health and reduces the symptoms of depression. Thirty minutes of intense exercise each day and you will see amazing results. The antidepressant result of regular exercise is comparable to potent antidepressant drugs like Prozac.
Start today and you will see changes happen in your mind and body in a short time.
7. You aim to “manage” your life.
There’s a big difference between being in control and striving to work toward goals. Joyful people take steps often to get results, even through difficult times. Eventually they see that they have very little control over what life throws at them.
Sad people make an effort to control all aspects of things and fall apart when life throws a wrench in their procedure. Happy people can be just as directed, yet, still have the ability to go with the flow and not fall apart when life brings on change. The key is to stay focused, but still allow room for letting change happen (without you falling apart.) Going with the flow is what happy people have as a way out and around things that come up.
Be ready for change and your life will run smoother.
8. You look to your future with worry and fear.
Your mind can only take so much. Unhappy people fill their thoughts with what “could” go wrong versus what “might” go right. It’s a choice each of us has, to hold good thoughts in our mind or the negative or positive. Happy people take on a healthy dose of fantasy and allow themselves to daydream about what their future “could” be and become. Sad people fill that same space in their mind with constant frustration, worry and fear.
Happy people experience fear and worry, of course, but see the difference between feeling things that occur and dealing with them. When fear or worry cross a happy person’s mind, they will ask themselves if there’s anything “they” can do to prevent their fear or worry from happening. Then, they settle in with this change.
Take control of your mind, think the right thoughts, live the life that you have dreamed of.
9. You fill your conversations with gossip and complaints.
Sad people often live in the past and bring these thoughts into conversations. They think about what has happened to them and the hardships they have or are going through as their conversation of choice. When they run out of things to say, they turn to other people’s hardships. Happy people live in the now and dream about the future. These positive people are excited about their future and can’t wait to tell others. They say of something they’re working on, grateful for what they have and dreaming about the possibilities of life.
Obviously none of us are perfect. We’re all going to swim in negative waters at times, but what matters is how long we stay there and how quickly we work to get ourselves out. Positive conversations is what sets happy people apart from unhappy people.
See the good in life, talk mainly of good, your life will be good.
10. When You are Down You Stay Down.
We all get down at times, and, of course, we have been very happy and up. The problem is that sad people tend to get down, see no way out, and stay there. Happy people see that in the future things can change, they will find a way through and come back to better times. Depression feeds itself and some people see no way out. We have to always keep in mind that we can live a better life if we can envision such in our mind.
Balance is the key. When you are down, know that you will find a way back up and this down won’t last forever. When you are up know that you “might” be back down. If you can get a firm grip on this in your mind, you will never suffer from depression again.
Use your mind right, stay up, and live a better life.January 5, 2015