I’ve been thinking a lot lately about pausing. About creating space or a moment to stop whatever I’m doing and think, or listen, or feel.
Pausing is something I don’t do well. But how many of us do? Modern life in general is nothing but anti-pause – we feel constant pressure to do-do-do and then broadcast it to the world.
Like by writing a blog.
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The High Line — image courtesy of Friends of the High Line Flickr Pool
Thirty feet up.
That’s how you see the West Side of Manhattan when you walk the
, from its 30-foot elevation as a former freight rail line for the Meatpacking District. High Line
It’s not necessarily better than seeing the city at street level, or from the top of the Empire State Building, or from a boat on the Hudson. It’s just different.
Which is one reason why I love the High Line so much. It offers a new way to experience New York City.
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The Great Falls of the Potomac River
Two days before the Federal Government shuttered, I hiked the famous
in Great Falls, Maryland, with a friend. Billy Goat Trail Loop A
Consider it dumb luck before a dumb shut-down.
The craggy rock-strewn trail – inspiring its name – is located in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
I hadn’t done the Billy Goat Trail in years, but the experience brought back distant feelings and experiences…
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Autumn can’t come soon enough for me.
As of this past Sunday, summer officially ended.
And I’m glad.
Sure, summer’s fun. Like most people, I travelled a bit, took fun trips to
and Block Island , and I visited my New York City a few times. mother
But Autumn is the best season of the year.
Why? I’ll suspend my
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Tian Tian getting too cozy with a rock.
It’s one thing to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo one month after the birth of a rare baby panda. It’s another to visit with four young children just released from a two-hour car ride.
That was my fate on a sunny day this past week – to help escort a mini-zoo around the National Zoo.
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New York City’s One World Trade Center
My first glimpse in three years of Manhattan’s transformed skyline happened about a week and half before the 9/11 anniversary.
I was traveling to New York City from DC, motoring along the New Jersey Turnpike in an express bus where I had a window seat. I noticed Midtown first, but as I scanned south I saw a gleaming new behemoth that dwarfed the Empire State Building. It was One World Trade Center.
My first thought was:
This colossus is the perfect architectural response to the crime of 9/11. It is muscular and massive, but also modern and elegant. I loved it immediately, and felt patriotic pride.
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — MLK 8/28/63
From August 23
rd to the 28 th, tens of thousands of people descended on Washington, DC, to commemorate the 50 th Anniversary of the March on Washington, made famous by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The nearly week-long festivities culminated on August 28
th when President Barack Obama gave a speech on those same steps in front of the Great Emancipator.
Throughout it all, I kept asking myself,
what would Lois say? Continue reading “March on Washington 50th Anniversary – What Would Lois Say?”
Spiral Path Farm’s “Open Farm Day” featured a mini farmers market
Last weekend, while visiting my
in my hometown, I joined my oldest friend, “FC,” on a visit to mom for its “Open Farm Day.” Spiral Path Farm
Sounds like a harmless enough excursion, right? Getting there was another story.
Spiral Path is located in western Perry County, PA, about a 45-minute drive from my mom’s house. The 255-acre farm has been a 100% certified organic operation since 1994. For the past 20 years, the farm has offered “
” (CSA) memberships. Community Supported Agriculture Continue reading “Organic Farm Odyssey”
Eco-goats to the rescue!
What does an historic Washington, DC cemetery do when invasive plants threaten the trees along its perimeter?
Call in the
, of course! Eco-goats
I “kid” you not. These “living lawnmowers” are based in Annapolis, Maryland, and are rented out to provide “environmentally friendly vegetation control” that is sustainable, low-impact and cost effective.
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