Riding a bike can be meditative. The rhythmic revolution of each pedal stroke and steady breathing can help clear your mind and put you in the present.
It feels natural then to make a short pilgrimage to the bicycle prayer wheel in Nord Alley. The wheel is mounted outside Back Alley Bike Repair and is available 24/7 for spinning prayers and good thoughts.
I’m an optimist at heart and I see an upside in the Republican balance of power shift. It’s the outcry for social justice in America. The political activism that was ignited as we approached the campaign season is turning into a fire storm.
That we have to remind Americans that Black Lives Matter is sad. It’s even more tragic that the statement is challenged, belittled and attacked. On the other hand, it has empowered African Americans, raised public awareness, and encouraged many to examine racism and white privilege.
We witnessed an entire gender mobilize right after inauguration day when millions of women took to the streets to protest. Women (and men) rallied for reproductive rights, an end to violence, gender equity, immigrants rights, environmental justice, and more. A new generation of female activists has been launched and they’re raising the game.
The administration’s Muslim travel ban and restrictions on refugees stirred even more people to rise up and take action. Citizens, social justice and faith-based communities converged at major airports to protest the ban. Marches and vigils were held. My state of Washington filed a legal challenge against the travel ban and succeeded in getting it stopped nationally.
Awareness is increasing as to how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will impact Americans’ health care. Republican lawmakers are getting an earful from angry constituents at town hall meetings.
I still believe that each of us can make a difference. As We the People engage politically, we raise the game. So please pay attention, think critically and use your voice.
We live in a society that values productivity and achieving goals. Work hard, play hard. Worthy attainments, yes. But sometimes overrated in my opinion.
My idea of a full and productive life includes ample amounts of unplanned time. This free time allows me to be spontaneous in joining friends at the last minute for an activity, or it’s a time to chill, or it can be used to wander and wonder.
I frequently opt to wander and wonder. These aimless rambles are on foot or by bike, and are often in my neighborhood or an easy bus ride away. They typically involve exploring streets, paths and alleys in search of the interesting, unusual, odd or beautiful gem. And they always include a pause to take in my surroundings, reflect, and wonder.
I went on an aimless bike ride on Sunday, rolling down the hill to a waterfront park. To my surprise, it was low tide–reason enough to pause, sit, and take in the Puget Sound views. Continue reading
I’m feeling a little blue this morning. Last night I learned that Ernie Bay, community leader and trail champion extraordinaire, died.
Ernie was a personal hero of mine. I met him when I was cutting my teeth in the world of bike and trail advocacy, working on forming what would become Friends of Burke-Gilman Trail. Ernie was championing the Foothills Trail, a rail-to-trail vision of a corridor that would connect the city of Tacoma with its rural neighbors and the Cascade foothills near Mount Rainier National Park. Continue reading
Water falls, flows and pools. When it is calm, it reflects its surroundings like a mirror.
Dreams that you dare to dream.
Dreaming is a powerful state of mind. From Dorothy’s reverie about what lies over the rainbow to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of a world where people are judged for their character and not by the color of their skin, dreams inspire and move us.
I discovered this phone booth a few years ago in a trailhead parking lot. It spoke volumes to me:
abandoned – old technology – a curiosity – forgotten – historical artifact – weathered – disconnected – primitive – long distance – nostalgic – out of place – out of service – reclaimed by nature
Its most vivid message to me was TIME. The phone booth represented a distant time, the passage of time, succumbing to time, and how we change with time.