So much more

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir This morning I went out to get some fresh air at a local nature reserve after several days of cold and rain. Sunny and warmer than we’ve seen in days, the weather seemed to draw dozens of families to the trails….

Remember…

Always remember you are braver than you believe Stronger than you seem Smarter than you think and loved more than you know.

Wow…

“To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call…

Three in one

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. – Henry David Thoreau Oh, how I have loved running this fall. Even at night. But today’s run around Forest Park was a dabble in three seasons: Summer’s flowers. Fall’s…

Tis the Season

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence While I thoroughly enjoyed the black and white challenge,  let’s face it… It’s FALL. What a gorgeous season this has been.

Life Lately on the Run

  The fall running season has begun. And here are just a few things I’ve seen along the way… – Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis starting line – Someone who takes his carb-loading very seriously – Happy little critter – Apparently this neighborhood display represents Game of Thrones – Late bloomer – Okay, this wasn’t…

Big Birthday

“If I didn’t have you as my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Earlier this week, I got to spend a day with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Perfect weather, favorite foods and places, and the best company. Totally fitting for a big birthday. Here are a few photos from time spent at…

Life Lately on the Run

“September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson, American author and poet Best of weather indeed. Running lately has been an absolute pleasure. It’s cool enough to be comfortable, but light enough to still see the gorgeousness along the way. Roses are still blooming in the…

Saturday Stroll

The first Saturday in November brought temperatures in the 70s. So there was no option but to get outside. And off to Laumeier I went. The fall colors haven’t been great this year, but it’s still beautiful and interesting. I have no idea what this sculpture is all about, but I love this photograph. This…

Signs of the Season

The leaves have been as reluctant to change as the temperatures have been slow to drop. But one thing is for sure, the days are gradually growing shorter — and my runs are getting darker. And over the past few days, I’ve noticed some sure signs of the season’s transition. Resident chipmunk or neighbor’s squirrel…

A Good Sign

Some people wait for pumpkin spice lattes to mark fall’s arrival. Others wait for the arrival of football as the sign of the season. Or mums. Or apple cider. My signs of the season include funky pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market. Or the migration of monarch butterflies. Or landscaping changes. And cooler temperatures. But perhaps the sign of fall we anticipate the…

It Was All Yellow

Last week, I was fascinated by a number of ginkgo trees around town that seemed to decide to drop their leaves all at once, forming gigantic yellow carpets on the ground. Here’s a big one I saw near Forest Park. I was totally impressed with our local display until I saw… Check out this article and these photos…

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.”…

Yes, Indeed. So Glad.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery For any number of reasons, I haven’t wanted to resume training since the Chicago Marathon nearly two weeks ago. A little tired…a little sore…a little burned out. I’ve needed a break. But at the same time, I cannot bear to…

What’s In This Season

Of all the seasons, fall feels like the time of greatest transformation to me. There’s nothing subtle or slow about the transitions of fall. New colors. Less light. Colder temperatures. Bare trees. It seems to happen just like that: Boom, fall presents itself. For whatever reason, fall also makes me turn inward more than the other…