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A lovely honorific: shifu (or sifu ) meaning "teacher" or "master" (or "father" or "mother"), showing respect for another person's skill and experience.

And maybe Shifu should also be used to address one's self – giving appropriate honor to someone whom one often ignores, criticizes, and mistreats?

Yes, Shifu!

(cf Power of Self-Respect (2015-10-08) Respect (2018-05-30), ...)

- Friday, September 18, 2020 at 07:06:49 (EDT)

2020-09-05 - Old Nasty Trail

~4.6 mi @ ~23 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Old-Nasty-Trail_Lake-Bernard-Frank_z_2020-09-05.jpg"Big Pine or Old Nasty? I know which trail YOU want to take!" says Kanga, who can read Pollyanna's mind after 15+ years and thousands of trail miles together. Fog hangs low as the rising sun glints blindingly off Lake Bernard Frank. A manic fitness group, bedecked with weight vests, gathers on the picnic grounds. Trails teem with dog-walkers and bird-watchers. By sound Kanga identifies a pair of red-shouldered hawks.

"You CANNOT do the 'Wet Crossing' today!" A voice of reason wins the debate over whether to take a short-cut, despite roadside barriers that are male-challenging to clamber over. Trail talk is wide-ranging and therapeutic. Pollyanna "runs" almost two dozen baby-steps, a new comeback record.


- Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 06:14:02 (EDT)

John and Annie Zimmermann Family

From notes taken in a conversation with my Father, Werner Zimmermann ca. 2016, about his memories of siblings and their children:

John Zimmermann (1898-1985) + Annie Ohnheiser (1899-?)

Garbles and omissions are mine!

(cf Werner Zimmermann, R.I.P., ...)

- Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 05:42:01 (EDT)

2020-09-02 - Gated Community

~3.8 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"Fancy meeting you here!" On a muggy evening Danger Man and Roadkill have a lucky Livingston-and-Stanley path-crossing on Forest Glen Blvd after an earlier missed rendezvous. Roadkill does figure-eights among the trees on the median of Belvedere St and follows a car through the gate to infiltrate a fenced-in community. On the road he finds a shark-pattern face-mask and a safety-reflective mesh hat-shade.


- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 05:46:43 (EDT)

2020-08-31 - Rainy Sligo

~2.6 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"Let me have men about me that are fat / Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights," Roadkill recites Shakespeare's Julius Caesar after a stab (pun intended) at King Lear. He and Danger Man try come up with a quote for today's walk in the rain, besides "I'm lost!" At one point they get turned around and suddenly find themselves back at Sligo Creek Parkway. Showers pause, then return heavier than before. A young man swings two wooden swords as he prances across the wet grass of an empty ball field in martial arts exercises.


- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 05:44:44 (EDT)

What It Looks Like to Us

Ada Limón's poems are beautiful, challenging, and full of images that awaken — as in her "What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use":

All these great barns out here in the outskirts,
black creosote boards knee-deep in the bluegrass.
They look so beautifully abandoned, even in use.
You say they look like arks after the sea's
dried up, I say they look like pirate ships,
and I think of that walk in the valley where
J said, You don't believe in God? And I said,
No. I believe in this connection we all have
to nature, to each other, to the universe.
And she said, Yeah, God. And how we stood there,
low beasts among the white oaks, Spanish moss,
and spider webs, obsidian shards stuck in our pockets,
woodpecker flurry, and I refused to call it so.
So instead, we looked up at the unruly sky,
its clouds in simple animal shapes we could name
though we knew they were really just clouds–
disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.

- Monday, September 14, 2020 at 06:33:02 (EDT)

2020-08-30 - Bethesda Elephant

~2.3 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"The density of garden sculptures is inversely proportional to the size of the house," theorizes Half Full, as she and Danger Man chase Roadkill through a Bethesda neighborhood. The only new lawn ornament seen is a curvy abstract elephant. Dog-walkers and pram-pushers politely step aside to let others pass.


- Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 05:23:08 (EDT)

2020-08-30 - Two Santas

~4.0 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"Great costume!" says a passer-by. Santa Steve and Roadkill look at each other in puzzlement. What is she talking about? Aha, must be Princess with us! We walk-and-run down Rock Creek Trail and then Beach Drive into DC, on an amazingly cool Sunday morning. After ~1.7 miles Santa and Princess continue south while Roadkill branches through the woods to the Western Ridge Trail and then closes the loop on neighborhood streets. A deer and her big fawn nibble shrubbery.


- Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 05:21:11 (EDT)

Clad in the Panoply of Love

Clad in the panoply of Love,
human hatred cannot reach you.

(Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 571 [1]; shared recently by SMB)

- Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 05:50:19 (EDT)

2020-08-29 - Needwood Showers

~2.7 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"Of course!" Kanga recommends her daughter's go-to phrase. "Indeed!" Tigger offers his all-purpose reply. Flashback to several years ago, when the duo conferred on other generic responses. Key is sincerity when using them. Saturday morning rain pauses, patters on the leafy canopy, then pours. Quiet on the trail shatters as a flock of geese honk their way across Lake Needwood.


- Friday, September 11, 2020 at 07:51:33 (EDT)

2020-08-27 - Headlamp Test

~2.5 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"The farther we go, the bigger the houses get!" observes Danger Man, as he leads the way along dead-end streets near Sligo Creek Park. No legal cut-throughs found, alas. Earlier, Roadkill in a solo survey discovers a new connector between neighborhoods north of the middle school. A skeletal monkey climbs a front yard tree. Two yippy wee dogs defend their yards. In the darkness after sunset the blinky red light of a new ultra-bright headlamp works well.


- Friday, September 11, 2020 at 07:47:34 (EDT)

Wake Up Grumpy

Two silly-twist jokes about love and tolerance in partnerships:

- Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 06:20:39 (EDT)

2020-08-26 - Haiti Cemetery

~3.9 mi @ ~17 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Haiti-Cemetery_sign_2020-08-26.jpg"Haiti Cemetery - Founded by Freed Slaves and Their Descendants" says the sign in the tiny graveyard hidden between dead-end Bickford Ave and the ball fields.
Tombstones bear dates mainly in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Who knew what a narrow cut-through between bushes would lead to?http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Haiti-Cemetery_graves_2020-08-26.jpg
http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Haiti-Cemetery_Lizzie2020-08-26.jpgRoadkill rambles 'round Rockville on the way to pick up Chinese carry-out dumplings. Impenetrable fences between College Parkway and Montgomery College make for bonus mileage. Another dead-end street leads to woodsy paths in Welsh Park.


- Wednesday, September 09, 2020 at 05:30:54 (EDT)

2020-08-25 - Blair Lightning

~2.2 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"We probably have until 7pm," Roadkill estimates, as cloud-to-cloud lightning sizzles a dozen miles to the west and dark clouds scud overhead. Dozens of geese nibble the infield at Blair High School track. Danger Man arrives and runs laps. After one circuit Roadkill heads north by northeast to explore a new neighborhood. A front yard statue features a pair of blurry-bendy dancers. Kids shoot baskets at Saint Bernadette School; police cruisers roll slowly down side streets. On schedule big raindrops begin to fall.


- Wednesday, September 09, 2020 at 05:20:43 (EDT)

Clarity, Understanding, Community

Mathematician Bill Thurston (1946-2012), in response to a question from a person worried about not being able to contribute to math at the "highest level", writes movingly and insightfully about:

Thurston's brief essay, posted in 2010 and referenced by mathematician Emily Riehl, in its entirety is:

It's not mathematics that you need to contribute to. It's deeper than that: how might you contribute to humanity, and even deeper, to the well-being of the world, by pursuing mathematics? Such a question is not possible to answer in a purely intellectual way, because the effects of our actions go far beyond our understanding. We are deeply social and deeply instinctual animals, so much that our well-being depends on many things we do that are hard to explain in an intellectual way. That is why you do well to follow your heart and your passion. Bare reason is likely to lead you astray. None of us are smart and wise enough to figure it out intellectually.

The product of mathematics is clarity and understanding. Not theorems, by themselves. Is there, for example any real reason that even such famous results as Fermat's Last Theorem, or the Poincaré conjecture, really matter? Their real importance is not in their specific statements, but their role in challenging our understanding, presenting challenges that led to mathematical developments that increased our understanding.

The world does not suffer from an oversupply of clarity and understanding (to put it mildly). How and whether specific mathematics might lead to improving the world (whatever that means) is usually impossible to tease out, but mathematics collectively is extremely important.

I think of mathematics as having a large component of psychology, because of its strong dependence on human minds. Dehumanized mathematics would be more like computer code, which is very different. Mathematical ideas, even simple ideas, are often hard to transplant from mind to mind. There are many ideas in mathematics that may be hard to get, but are easy once you get them. Because of this, mathematical understanding does not expand in a monotone direction. Our understanding frequently deteriorates as well. There are several obvious mechanisms of decay. The experts in a subject retire and die, or simply move on to other subjects and forget. Mathematics is commonly explained and recorded in symbolic and concrete forms that are easy to communicate, rather than in conceptual forms that are easy to understand once communicated. Translation in the direction conceptual → concrete and symbolic is much easier than translation in the reverse direction, and symbolic forms often replace the conceptual forms of understanding. And mathematical conventions and taken-for-granted knowledge change, so older texts may become hard to understand.

In short, mathematics only exists in a living community of mathematicians that spreads understanding and breathes life into ideas both old and new. The real satisfaction from mathematics is in learning from others and sharing with others. All of us have clear understanding of a few things and murky concepts of many more. There is no way to run out of ideas in need of clarification. The question of who is the first person to ever set foot on some square meter of land is really secondary. Revolutionary change does matter, but revolutions are few, and they are not self-sustaining – they depend very heavily on the community of mathematicians.

(cf Mathematical Magic (2001-09-27), Millennium Math (2002-12-05), Proofs and Refutations (2004-06-24), Stokes Theorem (2006-01-27), The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics (2008-02-17), Roads to Infinity (2010-10-06), Greatest Inventions (2011-06-09), Music of the Primes (2011-08-11), Simplicity via Abstraction (2016-01-27), Ultimate Abstraction (2017-08-24), Many Worlds of Math (2019-03-15), Painfully Difficult Beautiful Ideas (2019-08-06), ...)

- Monday, September 07, 2020 at 07:11:29 (EDT)

2020-08-24 - Bicentennial Tree

~2.5 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," plays the incongruous music from a Good Humor truck. Danger Man and Roadkill are tempted but resist – mainly thanks to the long line of children waiting to be served. Can the driver accept e-payments? The humid summer evening walkabout uncovers a 1976 plaque honoring a "Bicentennial Tree" that survived for more than 200 years. Alas, in 2014 it fell.


- Sunday, September 06, 2020 at 07:23:05 (EDT)

2020-08-23 - Summer, Summer, Summer

~2.9 miles @ ~20 min/mi

"Summer, it turns me upside down / Summer, summer, summer / It's like a merry go round," says The Cars' song "Magic" on the oldies radio station. Danger Man and Half Full kindly accompany Roadkill for a sultry walkabout before their run. Peripatetic philosophical conversation explores why each of us is targeted by specific divergent categories of spam. (Concealed-carry permits? Spanish or Russian offers for web-hosting or birthday parties?) A metallic lawn heron lurks in the bushes; a license plate advises "BREATHE". The word "EAT" is concealed in the middle.

"For $800 you can have one too!" says the walker in a big black CAM boot. On Little Falls Parkway a lady talks to her cellphone through a silver-shiny face shield. At 2.99 miles on the GPS Roadkill exhibits self-control by stopping short of an integer.


- Sunday, September 06, 2020 at 07:20:49 (EDT)

Death by Shakespeare

Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings, and Broken Hearts is a new (2020) fast-read analysis of, as the title hints, ways that Shakespeare in his plays caused, described, showed, understood, and used dying in various forms. Author Kathryn Harkup, a PhD chemist, is crude and gory, sporadically a bit repetitive, and nonetheless a good writer. Speculation runs rife, with guesswork well-qualified as appropriate on what could have been the cause of demise in hundreds of cases: poison, disease, injury, execution, etc. Often gruesome, sometimes a bit close to Wikipedia-paraphrasing, rarely boring.

And, to give the Immortal Bard the last word(s):

... To die, to sleep, –
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, – 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; –
To sleep, perchance to dream: – ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause ...

(Hamlet, III,i; cf Pregnant Sails (2001-06-26), Crispin Crispian (2001-10-25), Will in the World (2005-04-20), Shakespeare versus The Philosophers (2008-05-08), Bryson on Shakespeare (2010-06-21), Words Shakespeare Invented (2013-01-31), ...)

- Saturday, September 05, 2020 at 05:37:45 (EDT)

2020-08-22 - Stephanie 100 Miler Escort

~4.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi (1:47am)

~1.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi (3:48am)

~1.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi (4:58am)

~1.4 mi @ ~19 min/mi (6:33am)

http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Stephanie-Fonda-100_pringles-gatorade_z_2020-08-22.jpg"Your Mother could ... uh, no, she couldn't!" Roadkill rolls down the car window at 0135 to greet Slow Twitch and commence celebrating the pre-dawn hours of her eleventh 100 Miler. (Wow!) Jaybird and Tassie lead a brisk Rock Creek walking tour for miles 74-78, featuring fond-fonda-found memories and secret trail-talk code-words:
    • " Ditto! "
    • " Cat 1 + Cat 2! "
    • " Eleven! "
    • ...
Don't ask what those mean until you've done a thousand miles with us. Then you'll know!

Light rain starts and pauses. Local loop closed, at ~3am it's time for Slow Twitch and Tassie to begin a 1.4+ mile circuit of the neighborhood. Roadkill lounges in a front yard camp chair, drinking Gatorade, eating Pringles chips, nursing his knee, resting his eyes, enjoying the drizzle, and protecting Base Camp. He joins alternate orbits as Slow Twitch finishes the 70's (mileage) and cruises into the 80's decade. During the walks Tassie solves the Trolley Problem.

And most important of all, we share the wisdom of Lowen and Navarro's song, "We Belong" – together!

Yes, and...

(trackfile, trackfile, trackfile, and trackfile)

- Friday, September 04, 2020 at 06:51:37 (EDT)

Frame the Sanity Ball

Two evocative sentences rediscovered recently, of unknown origin and perhaps worth filing away for potential use:

... neat meta-metaphors!

- Thursday, September 03, 2020 at 07:18:32 (EDT)

2020-08-20 - Kensington Hills

~4.6 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"Excelsior!" Danger Man runs up and down the Mormon Temple hill, while Roadkill rambles through the neighborhood. A pair of miniature villages guard the base of a large tree. Coney Count = 1 big bunny.


- Wednesday, September 02, 2020 at 06:57:40 (EDT)

2020-08-19 - Equal Justice for All

~4.2 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"Justice for George Floyd" and "Justice for Ahmaud Arbery" read signs held by Yoda and Rosie-the-Riveter in the mini-deck beside a neighbor's mailbox. When last photographed a year ago both figurines were just lounging there with some miniature buddies. Roadkill and Danger Man face off at opposite ends of Belvedere Blvd, like rival gunslingers meeting on an Old West main street. A big fawn, still speckled, retreats from Sligo Creek Trail into the brush. Roadkill completes the majority of the walkabout without using his trekking pole. Progress!


- Wednesday, September 02, 2020 at 06:55:07 (EDT)

2020-08-18 - Almost Two

~1.9 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"Dangerous Curve?" Danger Man and Roadkill scoff at the caution sign. Bugs decorate shirts on a cool evening walk. A cut-through path that was freshly covered with wood chips only a fortnight ago is starting to show erosion. Bunny count = 2. Geese swim quietly on the millpond at sunset. Roadkill shows great self-control by stopping with the GPS at 1.99 miles.


- Wednesday, September 02, 2020 at 06:53:10 (EDT)

Luna Bar Sayings

http://zhurnaly.com/images/Luna-bar_sayings_2019-07-11.jpgInspirational thoughts from the wrappers of Clif brand "Luna" bars:
  • Better an oops than a what if.
  • Never forget how wildly capable you are.
  • This day leads to awesome.
  • Do something today your future self will thank you for.
  • Great things never came from comfort zones.
  • ...

- Tuesday, September 01, 2020 at 06:05:04 (EDT)

2020-08-16 - Fecal Humor

~4.5 mi @ 21 min/mi

"Fecal humor is always appropriate!" Walkabout conversation turns to US Postal Service cutbacks and whether stool samples collected for colon cancer tests will be delivered in a timely fashion to the labs. People could die if not! Danger Man and Square Peg escort Roadkill on a ramble through the mean streets of Westwood, where they discover new cut-throughs near Little Flower Church and Westland Middle School. Bolero Bethesda, a bowling alley, is COVID-closed. Shared stories include roller derby and crazy kitchen cleanups. A scary-angry-fluffy-tabby cat sits statue-like on a front doorstep defending her domain. "I have met eyes filled with recognition / speaking of life as the red berry / laughs out of the tangled brush" says a roadside bench. We work on mindfulness, forgiveness, acceptance.


- Monday, August 31, 2020 at 07:07:37 (EDT)

2020-08-15 - Little Bennett 10k XC MCRRC Virtual Race

~6.7 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep ...", and Little Bennett is a creek – as well as the name of a Regional Park. Roadkill has miles to go on the 10th and final MCRRC race in the Virtual Club Series, a 10 km cross country ramble. He adds some bonus distance by missing turns and overshooting out-and-backs. Light rain starts and stops. The ice is thin and unsafe, according to park signs.


- Monday, August 31, 2020 at 07:04:28 (EDT)

Compassionate Living

Pema Chödrön, from the preface of Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (1994):

... the first step is to develop compassion for our own wounds. It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion for others. If we are willing to stand fully in our own shoes and never give up on ourselves, then we will be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others and never give up on them. True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings. ...

(also quoted in [1] and [2]; cf No Expectation (2015-01-02), Watch the Wound (2015-07-24), Mantra - You Are Loved (2016-01-10), Let It Be (2016-12-06), Mantra - Love Your Self (2016-12-30), Kindness, Gentleness, Compassion (2017-04-05), New Superpower (2018-10-27), Self-Compassion (2020-06-08), ...)

- Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 11:26:53 (EDT)

2020-08-13 - Sligo Middle School Discovery

~3.3 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"... Then felt I like some watcher of the skies / When a new planet swims into his ken; / Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes ...". Danger Man and Roadkill climb a steep, cracked asphalt pathway and suddenly emerge from the woods to discover spread before them – not the Pacific, but nonetheless a vast ocean of soccer fields behind Sligo Middle School. New neighborhood cut-through #998! They look at each other with a wild surmise. A rainbow leads them back to close the Thursday evening circuit. Along the way, lovely lawn angels each play a different musical instrument, summer flowers explode, and free seedlings stand by a sign that says, "Please do not take sign!"


- Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 06:11:46 (EDT)

Kindness Works

In his 2017 holiday newsletter, Bill Penzey of the Penzeys Spice Company writes:

... While we are all about great spices, we've come to understand, to have the best chance to share the gift of cooking, we also need to be equally about heart, and smiles, and stories that radiate an overwhelming sense of welcome to all. At Penzeys we do our best to bring spice to life by showing all the good things set in motion when people care enough to cook. We work to make every gift from Penzeys an invitation to a life made richer through connecting to family, friends, community and the larger world around us.

The understanding that to best do our jobs we must embrace humanity as well as quality has set all sorts of good things in motion for us, including ever better spices. Now when we travel out into the world, it's that very same spirit of compassion that cooks share around the table that we carry out into the world with us. This spirit of compassion has opened doors that we never even noticed before, and that have in turn helped us to bring back the very best in flavor the world has to offer. We can report firsthand that the very same spirit that works around our kitchen tables works around the world as well. Kindness Works. It's a gift well worth sharing.

(cf Underappreciated Ideas (1999-07-06), Kindness, Gentleness, Compassion (2017-04-05), Mantra - Widen the Skirts of Light (2018-01-06), 2020-08-06 - Embrace Hope, ...)

- Friday, August 28, 2020 at 07:01:56 (EDT)

2020-08-11 - Steep Sanford

~1.2 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"Sanford seems steeper than Tilden," Danger Man suggests, so Roadkill of course insists on that street. Bunnies and ducks accompany a sculptural head in a front yard garden. It's a Tuesday evening cool-down walk for Danger Man, who finishes his neighborhood run just as Roadkill arrives.


- Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 06:41:41 (EDT)

2020-08-10 - Big Gulp Journey

~4.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"🎵 By the banks of bounteous Sligo! 🎵" Roadkill attempts to sing a fragment of the Sligo Middle School song, as related by the late Bob Forward who attended SMS ~75 years ago ago. (R.I.P., Fast Forward) Danger Man appears and leads the way along Sligo Creek Trail to a Seven-11 in Wheaton, where the duo snags sodas on a sultry summer evening. A doe and her dappled fawn nibble leaves in Evans Parkway Park.


- Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 06:39:02 (EDT)

2020-08-09 - Tall Towers

~4.7 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"Radio Towers!" Roadkill leads Half Full on a tour of the Bethesda neighborhood where four antennas stand, each 400 feet high, in the corner between the I-495 Capital Beltway and the I-270 spur. Since 1941 they broadcast the WMAL-AM signal. They were decommissioned a few years ago and in June 2020 the land was sold for $74 million to become a housing development. Meanwhile the duo finds a couple of new cut-throughs, at the Stratton Local Park and Ashburton Elementary School. "Andrà tutto bene" = "Everything will be fine" reassures an optimistic Italian sign on a nearby home.


- Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 06:33:10 (EDT)

The Honor Was Mine

Dialogue from the movie "Battleship", when near the end of the film two major characters quietly thank each other before facing what may be catastrophe together:

"It was an honor serving with you, Captain," says one.
"The honor was mine," replies the other.

(cf Living Philosophy (1999-06-02), Pursuit of Excellence (2002-02-22), Honor Your Practice (2013-01-04), Mantra - With Dignity (2015-12-26), Mantra - Give More Praise (2019-07-28), ...)

- Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 06:28:02 (EDT)

2020-08-08 - Lake Needwood 10k XC MCRRC Virtual Race

~5.9 mi @ ~20 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/geese-on-parade_Lake-Needwood_2020-08-08.jpg"Ahoy ahoy, Rabbit!" Roadkill greets his Power Animal during lap 2 of the MCRRC 10k Lake Needwood cross-country race. The same bunny, or its twin, watched him pass by an hour earlier. Weeds on overgrown trail segments brush against legs (check for deer ticks!). An abandoned transformer shed by the water becomes a surface for graffiti. Geese line up on parade; a doe and two fawns stop traffic as they cross the road.


- Monday, August 24, 2020 at 07:04:14 (EDT)

2020-08-06 - Embrace Hope

~2.0 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"Embrace Hope" says a small sweet sticker on the side of a car. It's from Penzey's, a spice company with a heart. Thunderstorms rumble in the distance as Roadkill does a brisk walkabout in the Mormon Temple neighborhood. A rabbit nibbles grass; flowers bloom; a curvy front-yard sculpture abides. A side path down a deep ravine is slightly too scary to attempt alone.http://zhurnaly.com/images/walk/Embrace_Hope_Penzeys_2020-08-06.jpg


- Monday, August 24, 2020 at 06:57:02 (EDT)

2020-08-05 - Old Men

~2.5 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"When you get as old as I am ...", begins Danger Man.

"... in about one month ...", interrupts Roadkill. The pair circumnavigates the 'hood on a cool August evening. Danger Man runs ahead and re-syncs every mile or so. A line of to-rent bikes and a weather-water-stream sensor provide photo ops.


- Monday, August 24, 2020 at 06:48:37 (EDT)

Mantra - Less Certainty, More Inquiry

Less certainty
    More inquiry

... Erik Seidel, from [1] and other reviews of The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova.

(cf OM - Perhaps and Certainty and Doubt (1999-04-27), Underappreciated Ideas (1999-07-06), Epistemological Enginerooms (2000-08-10), Exaggerated Certainty (2002-12-16), False Certainty (2010-03-23), Meta-Ignorance (2012-06-28), Transient, Unreliable, Contingent (2013-06-14), Superforecasting (2016-02-21), Mantra - Uncertainty, Kindness, Peace, Hope (2017-06-29), Mantra - Beliefs Are Knobs, Not Switches (2017-07-03), Forecasting Lessons from Systems Dynamics (2017-07-05), Pearl Harbor - Lessons Learned (2017-12-19), Mantra - Doubt (2018-01-14), Evil Certainty (2019-12-09), ...)

- Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 07:45:07 (EDT)

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