Skipping

Skipping

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Today at the beginning of a wonderful run along my beloved French Broad River, I skipped! One hundred times! Children, like lambs, are growing quickly. Their tendons and ligaments feel great when stretched.  So young children naturally skip along when running, walking and playing— because it stretches their growing bodies, and makes them happy. And then there’s me, going on 70, feeling fit, but neither child nor lamb. Excited, though, about to start a new chapter in my life, stretching…

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Reading Volunteers Needed

Reading Volunteers Needed

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I am about to become a Reading Buddy volunteer again at Isaac Dickson Elementary School with my favorite Second Grader. I highly recommend this program and encourage anyone with the time and desire to look into becoming a volunteer with Read to Succeed. In one 45-minute session per week, you can make a huge difference and help increase  the number of local elementary school children who are at grade level in reading by the third grade. This year I can…

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Camping in the Blue Ridge

Camping in the Blue Ridge

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Below me, and out as far as the eye can see, the mountains look like they are floating. As they actually are, floating on the earth’s soft mantle. These silent mountain friends wish me well. I’m here to do a goodbye and gratitude ceremony for my nearly six years in these North Carolina mountains. It’s all impermanence, as the Buddhists say. From this, from change, come the wonders, the beauty of life. Every day the world does this magic act…

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Slow Travel, Slow Talk, Slow Food

Slow Travel, Slow Talk, Slow Food

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Yesterday, I spent the whole morning researching  freighter travel. Here is a lovely and  strangely-translated-into-English description from one site. I offer it as an unedited found poem by anonymous: What is the attraction of the horizontal wideness of freighter travel? What is the allured depth of the seemingly monotonous sea landscape on a Cargo Ship Cruise? The answer is as simple as deep: it is the switch from our fast moving daily routine to the unknown. Far away from mobiles…

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Dolphins on Bday 69

Dolphins on Bday 69

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Today a podmate from Holland sent me photos from the Wildquest journey where I met her in June, and it brought the beautiful experience fully present again. How grateful I am for the dolphin pods we communed with every day and for the human pod that helped me celebrate my 69th. (Click to see photos)  

Grownup at Summer Camp

Grownup at Summer Camp

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Two Sisters Farmstead School in Candler NC, less than 30 minutes from Asheville, is a non-profit outdoor farm-based school with the wonderful goal of connecting students to an increased awareness of the natural world and the interrelations of living communities. During the summer the school runs Camp Farmstead. This week, I got to go to camp! I was in fifth grade last time I went, and the nearly 60 year interval since then seemed to disappear. So what did we…

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Eating a Peach at Fawn Lake

Eating a Peach at Fawn Lake

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The lake in early morning, a wavy plate reflecting an evergreen shoreline. At its edge, I let the juice of a peach make joy in my mouth and drip from my fingers into the body of water. Then I enter, my own body feeling her silk as I quietly glide to the middle. I float forever under azure sky in the lake’s sparkling arms. I emerge a different person into birdsong, duck calls, and the whirr of a zebra dragonfly…

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