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…

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…

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.

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.

Just one

You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud. — Beardsley Jones By the way, these are photos from today’s…

Amazing

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss

Colors of Summer

On the heels of a full weekend, these are a few photos I have to show for it. They include…dinner in Forest Park. Gorgeous flowers along my running route. And some funky tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market. Beyond having a timeframe in common, I thought the colors oddly tied them together. I’m going to miss…

Happy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath Swap out “lake” for “mountains” and this quote describes my morning run today. Of course with a cell phone camera, it’s hard to do the scenery justice….

Godspeed

“Your life is already artful — waiting, just waiting for you to make it art.” – Toni Morrison

Perfection

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens, American poet

Now more than ever

“Wherever you go, be brave. To whomever you meet, be kind. With whatever you have, do good.” — Leigh Standley, artist, writer