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2020-06-19 - Thin Gnomes

~2.1 mi @ ~23 min/mi

"Deer!" Danger Man points to a doe in the woods as he leads the way along Sligo Creek Parkway, already closed to cars on Friday evening. "If you see one, more are probably nearby!" suggests Roadkill, and indeed soon they spy another, with a pair of month-old fawns. Thunderstorms leave puddles and soggy grass. Underfed gnomes decorate a neighbor's garden; wet lilies bloom.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/skeletal-lawn-gnomes_2020-06-19.jpg


- Thursday, July 09, 2020 at 05:53:59 (EDT)

2020-06-18 - Foxtrot

~2.8 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"Here, Foxy!" The big red-and-black fox ignores Roadkill's call and dashes across the LDS Church parking lot; it looks like the one seen a few blocks away on 25 May. Garden pigs root and a dog sculpture hunches down to eye a butterfly. Yesterday's rains leave puddles and high humidity.


- Thursday, July 09, 2020 at 05:46:52 (EDT)

Happier and Healthier

A horrid clickbait title for an article with a few good ideas: "Want to Be Happy? A Top Psychologist Says Stop 'Social Distancing,' and Do This Instead" by Bill Murphy Jr.

BLUF: No, don't stop social distancing; yes, try:

... and as the author suggests (emphasis added): "... The less you can emphasize distance – and instead emphasize physical separation but social connection in your language – the better things might be ... ."

Not rocket science, and not bad!

(cf Big Ideas (2012-05-20), Opening to the New (2019-05-19), Tips for NQTs and Everybody Else (2020-06-24), ...)

- Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 06:26:12 (EDT)

2020-06-16 - Pink Lilies

~3.1 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"I'm on a Mission of Mercy!" Dr Roadkill delivers Danger Man's "special medicine" (aka adult rehydration beverage) on an early evening stroll. Lovely lilies flourish in a nearby garden; a small flock of flamingos stand guard in another. The GPS glitches in the underpass below the Beltway.


- Tuesday, July 07, 2020 at 05:27:44 (EDT)

2020-06-15 - Purple Line over RCT

~4.0 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"Good evening, Deer!" Roadkill greets a doe crossing Rock Creek Trail on her way to join a friend at the neighborhood garden buffet. Two rusty rabbits decorate a flowerbed. Masked friends out for a walk exchange toe-tap greetings, then step back to chat from a safe distance. Massive girders span the stream for future Purple Line light rail traffic.


- Tuesday, July 07, 2020 at 05:24:02 (EDT)

Sharing Awareness

A dear friend recently describes a beautiful moment of mindfulness – an awakening to now and here, a sudden heightening of attention. Pure being. Simple bliss.

Suppose it happens when bicycling with a partner in the cool quiet evening, after a crowded public event in a dense downtown city. Or when stepping aside to let someone pass on a narrow muddy path in the woods, and feeling the scratch of a thorn. Or when startled by a glimpse of crimson, a scarlet splash on a curve of flesh or flower or flame.

It could happen anywhere. How to share such an instant, know that another sees it, properly preserve it?

Maybe all that matters is the moment itself, and not the telling or capturing of it? Perhaps what counts is letting it go ...

(cf Atheist Spirituality (2009-01-29), Constant Kensho (2012-01-19), Charlotte Joko Beck (2014-08-18), No Drama (2015-01-15), Our Job for the Rest of Our Life (2015-07-18), Enlightened State (2015-08-20), Joko on Joy (2015-09-03), One Step at a Time (2017-08-17), ...)

- Monday, July 06, 2020 at 07:28:11 (EDT)

2020-06-14 - Happiness Turtle

~4.0 mi @ ~23 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Mardi-gras_metal_flamingo_2020-06-14.jpg"Mardi Gras beads on a metallic lawn flamingo?" Roadkill diverts to inspect, as Danger Man and Imaginary Friend ramble with him along neighborhood streets. Beach Drive by Rock Creek is closed to cars but swarms with cyclists, runners, and walkers.
"Happy tortoise!" Brave, uninhibited comrade Kristina greets us. She recommends a second opinion before installing a new knee. "You will always know it's different," she says, and nevertheless admits to putting 40 miles/week on her artificial joint, mostly via fast walking. Impressive!http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Happiness_turtle_sculpture_2020-06-14.jpg


- Sunday, July 05, 2020 at 06:18:00 (EDT)

2020-06-13 - Little Falls Northeast Passage

~2.6 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"I'm working on a new case!" Danger Man tells Roadkill, who assumes it's a case of either ale or lager – but no, it's an adventure! The decrepit duo discover a new cut-through, the long-sought Northeast Passage to the end of Little Falls Trail, thanks to a tip from local natives. Their ramble back closes the loop at the Bethesda Pool, just in time to rendezvous with Imaginary Friend. Then it's a brisk out-and-back, mocking one another's injuries en route. The Trash Talk is strong in this Trio!


- Sunday, July 05, 2020 at 05:53:42 (EDT)

At the Back of the North Wind - 5

Deep optimism in George Macdonald's children's book "At the Back of the North Wind" (1871), in Chapter XV when young protagonist Diamond vows to be joyful:

Diamond's father and mother were, notwithstanding, rather miserable, and Diamond began to feel a kind of darkness beginning to spread over his own mind. But the same moment he said to himself, "This will never do. I can't give in to this. I've been to the back of the north wind. Things go right there, and so I must try to get things to go right here. I've got to fight the miserable things. They shan't make me miserable if I can help it." I do not mean that he thought these very words. They are perhaps too grown-up for him to have thought, but they represent the kind of thing that was in his heart and his head. And when heart and head go together, nothing can stand before them.

"What nice bread and butter this is!" said Diamond ...

- Saturday, July 04, 2020 at 06:56:35 (EDT)

2020-06-12 - Georgia Jaywalk

~2.7 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"And thou shalt be called Roadkill!" Long ago K-Rex named him, and today he cheats death again, crossing Georgia Avenue in gaps between speeding cars. "Two cats in the yard" – a tabby and a black feline watch. Lawn art features alabaster angels and a brilliant ceramic rooster. Lilies greet the sunrise; a last-quarter moon gleams in the south.


- Friday, July 03, 2020 at 11:54:40 (EDT)

2020-06-11 - Snapping Turtle

~2.5 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"SAMPLE", says the portable brick wall at the construction site. Between thunderstorms Roadkill rambles through Forest Glen Park, a cozy neighborhood where years ago runner-buddy Adam Safir and computer-buddy Marshall Abrams lived. Heavy rains leave gardens muddy. A huge snapping turtle holds so still that it seems to be a statue.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Snapping-Turtle_muddy-garden_2020-06-11.jpg


- Friday, July 03, 2020 at 11:49:28 (EDT)

Be More Optimistic

"How to Be More Optimistic" by Susan Shain (NY Times, 2020-02-18) offers four ways to look more hopefully at the world:

(cf Optimist Creed (1999-04-16), Smile at Everyone (2013-02-15), Power of Optimism (2016-02-23), Mister Pollyanna (2020-01-28), ...)

- Thursday, July 02, 2020 at 05:44:22 (EDT)

2020-06-09 - Plant Happiness

~1.9 mi @ ~18 min/mi

"Four rabbits – three alive, one bronze!" Roadkill makes a fast scamper around the neighborhood, eyes sensitized to spot hares after dear Dr A alerts him to a bunny in her yard in Köln. Small-animal sculptures adorn the path across the Beltway. In a garden a post says "Plant a Seed, Sing a Song" and "Plant Happiness".


- Thursday, July 02, 2020 at 05:39:59 (EDT)

2020-06-08 - Sketchy Cut-Throughs

~2.1 mi @ ~19 min/mi

"Parkour no, sketchy yes!" Roadkill finds two new cut-throughs, one of which is only for use in hot pursuit (or when evading surveillance); it involves jumping down from a small brick wall into a private driveway. Roses peek through a wooden fence; a mini-monster stands guard atop a mailbox. Police cars with strobing lights guard construction workers. New walking speed record, and the bum knee doesn't complain (much)!


- Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 06:08:15 (EDT)

2020-06-07 - Skeptics Gonna Skept

~2.6 mi @ ~26 min/mi

"Go, Go, Go!" Roadkill and Imaginary Friend cheer Danger Man as he finishes a marathon in 2 hours 6 minutes. Alas, the course isn't certified – some may suspect it was a bit short (like 16 miles short) – but "skeptics gonna skept". The cooldown walk takes us to the end of Little Falls Trail at Norwood Park, where Roadkill seeks in vain for a legal cut-through to neighborhood streets. "Black Lives Matter" says a painted rock-on-a-rock and chalk on the pavement.


- Wednesday, July 01, 2020 at 06:02:45 (EDT)

My Dungeon Shook

James Baldwin's powerful 1962 essay "My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the of the Emancipation" (originally in The Progressive, and slightly edited in the book The Fire Next Time) does a striking inversion near its end, where he argues for love and hope:

... There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for their impertinent assumption that they must accept you. The terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them. And I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love. For these innocent people have no other hope. They are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it. They have had to believe for many years, and for innumerable reasons, that black men are inferior to white men. Many of them, indeed, know better, but, as you will discover, people find it very difficult to act on what they know. To act is to be committed and to be committed is to be in danger. ...

Baldwin concludes with (guarded) optimism:

... But these men are your brothers, your lost younger brothers, and if the word "integration" means anything, this is what it means, that we with love shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it, for this is your home, my friend. Do not be driven from it. Great men have done great things here and will again and we can make America what America must become.

It will be hard, James, but you come from sturdy peasant stock, men who picked cotton, dammed rivers, built railroads, and in the teeth of the most terrifying odds, achieved an unassailable and monumental dignity. You come from a long line of great poets, some of the greatest poets since Homer. One of them said, "The very time I thought I was lost, my dungeon shook and my chains fell off."

You know and I know that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too early. We cannot be free until they are free. God bless you, James, and Godspeed.

(cf Interracial Intimacies (24 Feb 2003), Racial Relationships (2004-01-10), An Hour Before Daylight (2004-05-25), Race and Love (2004-08-06), Troublesome Words (2006-04-09), Jimmy Carter (2017-04-27), ...)

- Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 06:32:50 (EDT)

2020-06-06 - Lost in the Woods

~2.8 mi @ ~25 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Horse_Meadowbrook-Stables_Kerry_2020-06-06.jpg "Choose Joy!" recommends a painted rock balanced on a log. Roadkill's unerring sense of direction errs as he leads Square Peg on an unplanned ramble through the woods. The two adventurers slip-slide on muddy slopes, skate across slimy wooden bridges, and skirt puddles left by last night's thunderstorms.

"Don't fall!" ... "Watch out!" ... "That stream-bank is about to collapse!" When they do get back to Rock Creek Trail the paved path is equally treacherous. Bulldozers work to clear flood detritus from parking lots. Danger Man waits patiently for the wayward twins at Meadowbrook Stables, then escorts them upstream and back, a warm-up for his race tomorrow. Friends give thanks for friendships.


- Monday, June 29, 2020 at 06:54:47 (EDT)

Do Nothing

"The Case for Doing Nothing" by Olga Mecking (NY Times, 2019-04-29) says that stress goes down and creativity rises when one stops doing and practices being:

... and, if one goes further and really lets go of Goals (like less stress and more creativity) très Zen, eh?!

(cf Patience and Time (2005-01-11), No Method (2010-01-21), Without Effort, Analysis, or Expectation (2010-08-04), Waiting Is (2011-01-17), Listen to the Traffic (2014-11-12), No Expectation (2015-01-02), Creativity and Insight Enhancers (2015-08-04), Holding Space (2016-07-22), As Much Nothing as Possible (2016-08-05), Mantra - Do Less, Better (2016-12-14), Just Zazen (2017-01-29), Ultimate Freedom (2017-06-18), Mantra - Refuse to Be Busy (2018-02-24), ...)

- Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 06:06:36 (EDT)

2020-06-05 - Culs-de-Sac

~1.9 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"Cul-de-sacs? Culs-de-sac? Or just dead-ends?" Roadkill explores coves and crannies, ducking below damp tree limbs that droop from last night's thundershowers. Birds trigger avalanches of droplets as they land and take off.


- Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 15:57:56 (EDT)

2020-06-04 - Curvy Pink

~2.0 mi @ ~21 min/mi

"Now that's ... different!" Roadkill studies a crimson array of flamingo-ish shapes in a tree. Art is. Young stag, velvet-covered horn stubs on forehead, retreats into the woods. Lilies thrust pistils and stamens skyward in fecund profusion.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Pink-flamingos-tree-art_2020-06-04.jpg


- Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 15:55:09 (EDT)

At the Back of the North Wind - 4

Paradoxical and important parables in George Macdonald's rich young person's novel "At the Back of the North Wind" (1871) – first, about knowing, in Chapter V:

"Are you the fairy that herds the bees?" he asked, going out of the summer-house, and down on his knees on the green shore of the tulip-bed.
"I'm not a fairy," answered the little creature.
"How do you know that?"
"It would become you better to ask how you are to know it."
"You've just told me."
"Yes. But what's the use of knowing a thing only because you're told it?"

... and about doing, and trying to do, and obligation, in Chap VII:

"... You had to be taught what courage was. And you couldn't know what it was without feeling it: therefore it was given you. But don't you feel as if you would try to be brave yourself next time?"
"Yes, I do. But trying is not much."
"Yes, it is–a very great deal, for it is a beginning. And a beginning is the greatest thing of all. To try to be brave is to be brave. The coward who tries to be brave is before the man who is brave because he is made so, and never had to try."
"How kind you are, North Wind!"
"I am only just. All kindness is but justice. We owe it."
"I don't quite understand that."
"Never mind; you will some day. There is no hurry about understanding it now."

(cf Knowing Choosing Doing (1999-05-29), Mantra - More Choosing, Less Doing (2018-05-17), ...)

- Friday, June 26, 2020 at 05:37:53 (EDT)

2020-06-03 - Butterfly Angel

~2.6 mi @ ~21 min/mi

Thwarted twice! Roadkill tries to traverse the train tracks but is stymied, first by high weeds and fences, then by early morning construction worker-witnesses who return his wave. No sneaky cut-throughs today! Lawn ornaments await the sunrise. A stone butterfly rests on a baby angel's arm.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/garden_angel-butterfly_2020-06-03.jpg


- Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 05:53:24 (EDT)

2020-06-02 - Halle Building

~1.5 mi @ ~22 min/mi

" RESERVED for MARTHA HALLE ", reads the sign in front of the best parking space at the small office building on Linden Lane. Roadkill takes a woodsy detour in hopes of finding a new cut-through, but a deep ravine is too daunting to stagger across. Hydrangeas and roses bloom, statues decay, and a rainbow flag hangs proud in front of the little stucco home at a five-way intersection.


- Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 05:45:17 (EDT)

Tips for NQTs and Everybody Else

Grainne Hallahan's recent "13 top tips for this year's NQTs" – suggestions for Newly Qualified Teachers in the UK, offered by their experienced colleagues – besides observations on grading papers and monitoring student behavior has mindful self-care thoughts for everyone to remember:

(cf Comments on Mantra - Say Thanks, not Sorry, 2018-09-10 - Thank You, Mr Rogers, 2019-04-21 - You Are Loved, Opening to the New (2019-05-19), 2019-09-22 - Empathy and Openness, ...)

- Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 06:39:13 (EDT)

2020-06-01 - Birdbath Statue

~1.5 mi @ ~21 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Lawn-statue_decollete_bird-bath_2020-06-01.jpg"No Trespassing - Private Driveway", reads the sign that Roadkill doesn't notice, overgrown as it is by weeds. Barefoot décolleté lawn lady catches sunbeams as she prepares to pour water into a birdbath. Hundreds of feet above the underground Metro a traction station door warns of danger. Irises hold hostas hostage. "FREE" says a scrap of paper, resting under a rock on top of a wooden display case by the street. Profound philosophical questions: is the rock free; or the paper; or the mind of the reader?


- Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 06:01:25 (EDT)


Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, is a beautiful story of a Korean family. It spans most of the 20th century, and resembles Pearl S Buck's The Good Earth in its slow and gentle depiction of the sorrows and challenges that parents and children struggle with for generations. Japanese racism toward Koreans is a central theme. Also sacrifice, confusion, misjudgment, failure, and death. And passion, love, loyalty, honor, faith, and redemption.

Lee's prose is gentle, rising and ebbing like the tide. A typical snippet, at the end of Part 1 Chapter 1:

At last, Yangjin gave birth to Sunja, her fourth child and the only girl, and the child thrived; after she turned three, the parents were able to sleep through the night without checking the pallet repeatedly to see if the small form lying beside them was still breathing. Hoonie made his daughter dollies out of corn husks and forsook his tobacco to buy her sweets; the three ate each meal together even though the lodgers wanted Hoonie to eat with them. He loved his child the way his parents had loved him, but he found that he could not deny her anything. Sunja was a normal-looking girl with a quick laugh and bright, but to her father, she was a beauty, and he marveled at her perfection. Few fathers in the world treasured their daughters as much as Hoonie, who seemed to live to make his child smile.

In the winter when Sunja was thirteen years old, Hoonie died quietly from tuberculosis. At his burial, Yangjin and her daughter were inconsolable. The next morning, the young widow rose from her pallet and returned to work.

Pachinko is weakest when it relies on far-fetched coincidences to generate action, and when characters are abruptly destroyed to cut the branching tree of plot. It is strongest in conveyance of sensation – the delicate aromas and spicy tangles of food, sex, war, and hard work. In Part 2 Chapter 2:

Sunja parked her cart in the empty lot by his stall. Whenever a train stopped, she could feel its deceleration beneath her sandals. Passengers would disembark, and many of them came into the market from the entrance nearby, but none stopped in front of her cart. Sunja tried not to cry. Her breasts were heavy with milk, and she missed being at home with Kyunghee and Mozasu. She wiped her face with her sleeves, trying to remember what the best market ajummas would do back home.

"Kimchi! Delicious kimchi! Try this delicious kimchi, and never make it at home again!" she shouted. Passersby turned to look at her, and Sunja, mortified, looked away from them. No one bought anything. After the butcher finished with his hog, he washed his hands and gave her twenty-five sen, and Sunja filled a container for him. He didn't seem to mind that she didn't speak Japanese. He put down the kimchi container by the hogs' heads, then reached behind his stall to take out his bento. The butcher placed a piece of kimchi neatly on top of his white rice with his chopsticks and ate a bite of rice and kimchi in front of her.

"Oishi! Oishi nee! Honto oishi," he said, smiling.

She bowed to him.

- Monday, June 22, 2020 at 06:00:23 (EDT)

2020-05-31 - Which Witch

~2.7 mi @ ~24 min/mi

"Witch!" says the little kid, pointing at Roadkill's pointy wizard's cap. "Tow truck!" warns Imaginary Friend, pointing at the sign near where Roadkill initially leaves his car. Little Falls Parkway is closed to traffic; Danger Man runs ahead to reconnoiter. We discuss traffic apps that recommend Surveillance Detection Routes instead of easy-to-follow directions, watch a fire truck pass by, and enjoy a cool-crisp late spring morning.


- Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 06:23:57 (EDT)

2020-05-30 - Mormon Temple Hill

~3.1 mi @ ~25 min/mi

"Deer!" Imaginary Friend points out a big doe crossing the street just ahead. Pretty peonies blush with Roadkill in front yard gardens. Alyssa and Danger Man dash past on the Mormon Temple hill.


- Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 06:20:34 (EDT)

Accept a Compliment

The New York Times article "How to Accept a Compliment – Even if It's From Yourself" (Micaela Marini Higgs, 2018-12-04) recommends gracefulness in receiving praise:

- Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 06:51:37 (EDT)

2020-05-29 - Minerva and Justice

~1.5 mi @ ~23 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Minerva_statue_National-Park-Seminary_2020-05-29.jpg"Danger - Ravine!" Roadkill reads the sign on the far side of the steep valley after he scrambles up the slope, thankful for trekking pole and saplings to cling to. Minerva's tall statue stands intact, but Justice is missing her sword and scales, hidden in the underexplored National Park Seminary grounds. A stream-side grotto is much as it was 6 years ago when last visited with Dr Mary.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Justice_statue_National-Park-Seminary_2020-05-29.jpg


- Friday, June 19, 2020 at 06:27:34 (EDT)

2020-05-28 - Silvia

~1.7 mi @ ~23 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Silvia_statue_National-Park-Seminary_2020-05-28.jpg"Silva, the Goddess of Mechanical Arts!" Roadkill finds an antique statue in the woods, barefoot and holding a giant gear, right arm that once wielded a sledge hammer missing, surrounded by weeds on an overgrown path at the National Park Seminary. Further west is Cyparissus, grief-stricken at the death of his pet deer. Bronze lions flank a staircase.


- Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 05:36:43 (EDT)

Nine Cognitive Biases

A useful table of mental fallacies, at "Thinking Biases & How to Overcome Them":

(cf Big Biases (2014-01-09), How Doctors Think (2014-10-28), Negative Thinking Patterns (2015-08-28), Cognitive Distortions (2015-09-28), Characteristics of Superforecasters (2015-11-21), Mirror Fallacy (2016-03-10), ...)

- Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 06:06:55 (EDT)

2020-05-27 - Peony Mirror Shades

~2.2 mi @ ~22 min/mi

"No! You could fall and get hurt!" A father stops his young kid before he can try a risky traverse on a fallen tree over a stream. Passers-by greet each other through masks. A lawn angel spreads her wings. Peonies blossom and Roadkill experiments with mirror-shade selfies.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/peony_mirror-shade_selfie_z_2020-05-27.jpg


- Monday, June 15, 2020 at 06:12:57 (EDT)

2020-05-26 - Aussie Salute

~1.8 mi @ ~20 min/mi

"She's 14 and still looks like a puppy!" New neighbors push their corgi in a pram. Roadkill discovers a narrow cut-through between Lanier Drive and Glen Ross Road. Hydrangeas bow down; recycling bins line the streets; cardinals flit and robins strut. An "Aussie Salute" attempts to brush away swarms of gnats as the sun sets.


- Monday, June 15, 2020 at 06:03:26 (EDT)

Flags of Our Fathers

Monocular viewpoint, narrowly first-person, often racist and jingoistic, weakly-written: Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers could have been so much better. It tells the story behind the famous photograph of the US flag raising over Iwo Jima on 1945-02-23. Or rather, it tells a story of that event, one based on family history and propaganda, now known to be far less accurate than once thought.

If only the book were more nuanced and less certain of itself — like most things in life ...

- Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 07:45:41 (EDT)

2020-05-25 - Mormon Temple Hill Encounter

~3.2 mi @ ~22 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/Mormon-Temple-Hill_Texas_z_2020-05-25.jpg"Emaad! Ken!" Roadkill fortuitously meets two comrades running an Elevation Challenge, a baker's dozen Mormon Temple Hill climbs. "Hook 'em, Horns!" he says, offering a Texas salute.
A mottled black-and-red fox dashes across the road. Trail cut-throughs lead through urban woods and over a hidden stream bridge. A bronze girl looks up from her book.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/reader_girl_book_statue_Silver-Spring_2020-05-25.jpg


- Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 07:37:56 (EDT)

At the Back of the North Wind - 3

Power from submission, control from obedience – the novel At the Back of the North Wind suggests a thoughtful metaphor-parable for a paradoxical facet of life in Chapter V, when the young child called Diamond rides the horse of the same name:

... Diamond soon found that, as he was obedient to his father, so the horse was obedient to him. For he had not ridden far before he found courage to reach forward and catch hold of the bridle, and when his father, whose hand was upon it, felt the boy pull it towards him, he looked up and smiled, and, well pleased, let go his hold, and left Diamond to guide Diamond; and the boy soon found that he could do so perfectly. It was a grand thing to be able to guide a great beast like that. And another discovery he made was that, in order to guide the horse, he had in a measure to obey the horse first. If he did not yield his body to the motions of the horse's body, he could not guide him; he must fall off. ...

(cf Certainty and Doubt (1999-04-27), Face to Face with God (2001-11-13), Silence, Not Ignorance (2005-06-05), Dive Right In (2016-06-12), Loving Arc to the Universe (2020-03-25), ...)

- Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 06:12:12 (EDT)

2020-05-24 - Rosy-Fingered Dawn

~2.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/National-Park-Seminary_statue_z_2020-05-24.jpgRose petals drift down to splatter the sidewalk. A scampering of squirrels dash away as Roadkill pauses to hug a sympathetic statue. Stenciled lyrics quote Sting on Rock Creek Trail near the Beltway.


- Tuesday, June 09, 2020 at 05:55:22 (EDT)


"Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself" by Charlotte Lieberman (NY Times, 2018-05-22) offers some excellent advice on how "... to avoid getting caught up in our mistakes and obsessing about them until we degrade ourselves, and rather strive to let go of them so we can move onto the next productive action from a place of acceptance and clarity." She suggests three small steps:

(emphasis added; cf Mantra - Be Your Own Best Friend (2016-02-16), There Is Nothing Wrong with You (2020-02-13), ...)

- Monday, June 08, 2020 at 20:04:48 (EDT)

2020-05-23 - Voted

~2.3 mi @ ~23 min/mi

"Exercising my franchise!" says Roadkill, ballot envelope in hand to be mailed. Danger beckons, as do front-yard flowers and cemetery statuary.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/construction-site-danger-caution_z_2020-05-23.jpg


- Sunday, June 07, 2020 at 06:25:40 (EDT)

2020-05-22 - Raindrop Petals

~1.4 mi @ ~26 min/mi

http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/orange-yellow-roses_2020-05-22.jpg"Swallowtail!" the masked lady declares, bending down in the middle of the street to photograph a yellow-and-black butterfly. Sweat stings Roadkill's eyes as he staggers through the neighborhood on a hot and humid afternoon.
Roses are beaded with droplets from morning showers. Dog-walkers detour to maintain their distance, aluminum cans of unknown beverages in hand.http://zhurnaly.com/images/run/red-roses_2020-05-22.jpg


- Saturday, June 06, 2020 at 15:18:45 (EDT)

At the Back of the North Wind - 2

Thoughtful quotes from the 1871 young person's novel At the Back of the North Wind by George Macdonald:

... in Chapter II:

... there is a good kind of crossness that is only disagreeable, and there is a bad kind of crossness that is very nasty indeed ...

... in Chapter III:

The sun was going down when he flew from the door like a bird from its cage. All the world was new to him. A great fire of sunset burned on the top of the gate that led from the stables to the house; above the fire in the sky lay a large lake of green light, above that a golden cloud, and over that the blue of the wintry heavens. And Diamond thought that, next to his own home, he had never seen any place he would like so much to live in as that sky. For it is not fine things that make home a nice place, but your mother and your father.

... and:

"Why should you see things," returned North Wind, "that you wouldn't understand or know what to do with? Good people see good things; bad people, bad things."

... and in Chapter IV:

... Everybody can't be done to all the same. Everybody is not ready for the same thing. ...

- Friday, June 05, 2020 at 05:51:07 (EDT)

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