Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Can be a big challenge - but I’m trying to do what I can. I came across this article, From the couch to a 5k in two months
I’m thinking on giving this plan a try as i tried the workout for today and I did better than I expected.
If anyone would like to join me on this adventure, that would be great -
the more the merrier ... and healthier!
Monday, March 24, 2008
For the first time in what seems forever, I read a book in one sitting last night. I kept the light on till late, propped up the pillows and evaded sleep for a few hours to join Melinda for her freshman year in high school.
The review on the cover said, " An uncanny funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, SPEAK will hold readers from first word to last. - THE HORN BOOK, starred review." They were telling the truth.
This book was a birthday gift for my daughter,( who turned 15 yesterday and is a high school freshman)and I remembered that I had another copy somewhere in my books at home. It was only after reading the new copy that I searched for the other edition.
I read the inscription of a now grown, once Melinda-like student that in 2004, gave me a copy of this book to read - sadly I was too distracted at the time to read it.
I'm sorry that it took so long for me to get to this story. So much of Melinda's story is something we all can relate to: looking for acceptance, friends and herself. This novel goes beyond a simple coming of age account somehow. Somewhere in those pages, I seem to have found myself. I'm realizing that I need to speak too!
I'd like to thank my student for passing this book along to me, helping me realize how important those days past were, and to always encourage the Melinda's of the world to speak. May you always speak your mind and use the unique gift of your voice!
For the Monday after Easter, when the light begins to change on the east cost - hinting at the warmth and color of spring that has already embraced San Francisco. I understand this poem on a different level after visiting San Fran.
"The Changing Light" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from How to Paint Sunlight. © New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2001.
The Changing Light
The changing light
at San Francisco
is none of your East Coast light
none of your
pearly light of Paris
The light of San Francisco
is a sea light
an island light
And the light of fog
blanketing the hills
drifting in at night
through the Golden Gate
to lie on the city at dawn
And then the halcyon late mornings
after the fog burns off
and the sun paints white houses
with the sea light of Greece
with sharp clean shadows
making the town look like
it had just been painted
But the wind comes up at four o'clock
sweeping the hills
And then the veil of light of early evening
And then another scrim
when the new night fog
And in that vale of light
the city drifts
anchorless upon the ocean