Running with Stanley

I’m almost a week late posting this, but I figure it’s never too late to relive favorite moments. Last weekend I got to run in the Blue Note 5k and watch St. Louis’ love affair with Stanley continue. Play Gloria, this was an amazing  experience. So, so special. Stanley was with us at the start……

Not quite

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde What a wonderful sentiment. And, although the calendar says the seasons have changed, we’re not feeling it yet. Both runs this weekend felt every bit like August. Brutal. Bright side? This strange opening act for fall has its own color palette and it’s a…

Found

During tonight’s run, I thought I noticed a book to the side of the trail. So I strayed off the path briefly to take a look, hoping it would yield something fun. At first it appeared to be a worn out, water-stained blank notebook. But then I flipped it open to the lone page with…

Either way

In less than a week, I’ve seen two different rainbows under completely different conditions. Friday after work, I went to the camera shop during a downpour. On my way out, the salesman saw sunlight through the front door and he immediately bolted outside with a coworker to look for a rainbow. The conditions were perfect…

Love and love and love

Far too often lately, the state of our world makes me unbearably sad. It doesn’t even matter that my own life is puttering along mostly without incident; everywhere you look, our world and so many people in it are hurting. Cruelty, violence, bigotry, poverty, racism, savage  disregard for the dignity of the individual…the grief becomes…

Today

“Today be good to people. listen – without rushing, give the benefit of the doubt, smile – just because, slow down – just a bit, choose kindness first, and tell those you love that you love them.” — Rachel Marie Martin, author And if I might take the liberty to add to this lovely sentiment……

Life Lately According to the iPhone

Another running route in the park brought new views… …and some old ones. And an unexpected sight. A closer look: one of these things is not like the other. One of these things…absolutely belongs. This goose stood watch over his napping duck friends and it was adorable. No one thought anything of it. It’s amazing…

Saturday Scenes

This is fast becoming one of my favorite running routes. Such a great view. Every time I run around the lake, I laugh at this bridge. It looks so bummed out.

Ahhhhh…

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” And this Labor Day, I’m awfully thankful for time to rest. No working. No running. No serious chores. Just a walk with friends, time looking at neighborhood flowers, lots of tennis on the television, and just…quiet. Gracious, I needed that.

That’s it

“At the end of the day what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you’ve done your best and that you’re thankful for all you have.” – unknown  Lately my gratitude list has made a much-needed return to the basics: –  air in my lungs – roof over my head and food on the…

Choose

“Choose joy. Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now. Otherwise you’ll run out of time. We can’t often choose our circumstances but we can better control our reactions and emotions. Choose joy.” – unknown Photos from this morning’s crack-of-dawn long run. And…

Sunshine

Oreo cookies, candy melts and chocolate sprinkles = the easiest cookie pops ever. Sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine.

More

More sunshine. More lemons. More sunsets. More bananas. More sunflowers. More yellow. More happiness.

Transition

From sunsets… to sunrises… and everything in between… I’m noticing a definite shift in nature’s color palette lately. Fall is most certainly headin’ this way.

Take a moment

You’re so hard on yourself. But remember, everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life, at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward; be proud of this. Continue to endure. Continue to persevere….

Turn the page

This weekend I began the process of purging my house of all the things I don’t need — starting with stuff in my room. I started with my closets, dumping the contents of each old purse and bag. One by one, ticket stubs and other mementos started dropping out, until a pile of memories sat…

Bigger

“Be humble. The world is bigger than your view of the world. And certainly, God is much bigger than your view of God.” – Eugene Cho

Proof

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. This was last night’s sunset. I can only vaguely remember what happened yesterday or what kind of day it was, but I can clearly remember how perfectly it ended. So I’m calling it a very good day.