Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's The Simple Things

Window Pull Softer Warmer
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
I was sitting in a very nice restaurant called Il Fornaio in the Saint Claire hotel with splendid decor all around me and this window shade pull is what really got my attention.

It was the light, the simplicity.

Outside, it's raining in the early afternoon, the sun nowhere to be seen. But the effect of that soft light was to wrap itself around things like a cloud and illumine them more evenly, leaving detail in the shadows and highlights.

This is post processed to accentuate the glow.

It's always the light.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Work in Progress

I've been on a Kristen Armstrong kick and yes, I did buy my sister her own copy of Heart of My Heart.

Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman's Guide to Grace is just as wonderful. I'm on my second time through. Kristen explores 12 traits of being Christ's woman in today's life. She starts with Beauty, the thing we're probably all most focused on and redefines it to "When you are reveling in your passion and living your purpose, you are becoming transparent, reflecting the inner beauty of God." She reminds us of Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to him are radiant." Not the mascara wand, though there's nothing wrong with that,  but enjoying who God created us to be and looking to him for everything.  That's a new definition of beauty.

In the 11th chapter called Authenticity she addresses Pleasing, Calling, Inhabiting and Walking it Out. It's tough to be authentic when you're busy being a people pleaser.  It's tough to live who God called you to be. And it's tough to inhabit your skin.

"The finest things in life (love, red wine, deep friendship, a true spiritual walk, a good novel, the raising of a child) cannot be rushed.  God reveals things to us only inasmuch as we can understand him. He builds our awareness over time, valuing relationships over resolution. Your authentic self will never be a departure from what you loved from the beginning because He created you to love those things. you are good at what you are good at because He made you that way. You love what you are good at because God made you to enjoy your destiny and play your part with great aplomb. every hint, every nuance from God, builds your character and emphasizes the angles of your personality and depth of your passion, eventually revealing your authentic self. Great sculptors don't create the art from their medium; they reveal and release it. Who is a finer sculptor than our mighty God?" (192-3)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Retired and Extremely Dangerous

Poster art for "Red."Went to see the movie RED, Retired & Extremely Dangerous, tonight.  Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich are outstanding in this story of retired operatives harassed out of watchful tranquility by a contract to see them dead.

Richard Dreyfuss makes an appearance as does Ernest Borgnine!

Lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend...for adults.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Header Log



September:  Oops! Missed it!

Previous Blog Header Log: Feb, March, April, May, June

October Blog Header

My August blog header had to do through September and half of October.  This month's blog header is a mixture of photos taken over that time period. The far left is a Deborah Butterfield sculpture given to the city of Mountain View in 2001.  The middle is a great heron on the newly opened Bay Trail in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.  The far right is a dear deer spotted from my car on the way to an open house. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The 5 Stages of a Runner

Jeff Galloway has written about the 5 stages of a runner. I stumbled upon it in my Kristen Armstrong reading kick (another post on it yet to come).  She wrote the forward of Running - The Sacred Art - Preparing to Practice. In the first chapter, the author, Dr. Warren Kay, summarizes those stages:

  • The Beginner - happens every time you lay off for awhile and when you begin for the first time.  For me, this was way back.
  • The Jogger - you've filled out a race entry form and crossed the finish line. That too was some time ago.
  • The Competitor - marked by an obsession with competition. Most recently 2006, 2007, 2008.
  • The Athlete - for this person running is "a means of personal expression almost like a work of art." When I read this, I had a big ah ha. 2009 was marked by an injury that kept me sidelined for a year changing perhaps forever my relationship to running.  I'm no longer obsessed with competing, but am happy to be able to run, grateful even and I enjoy it.
  • The Runner - blends the best of the other 4 into a whole life approach that includes training, racing and enjoyment.

With this new descriptive ability in hand and mind, I ran this past weekend with no mileage goal or target in mind but just to enjoy being outside, God's creation and running.  A side benefit of this approach is I ran further than I had for some time, felt tremendous joy and took lots of pictures of the beauty I saw along the way. This is a much more pleasant place to be.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Running Mantra

I have a new running mantra: 3/5/tuck/lift/thumbs.  Now for the translation:
  • 3 - each foot strikes on 3 points of pressure
  • 5 - on each weight bearing stride all 5 toes maintain contact with the ground
  • tuck - tighten the lower abs and stack the belly button on top of the hips
  • lift - lift the chest up to open the lungs
  • thumbs - thumbs up and point them straight forward

Bottom line is, eliminate everything that doesn't contribute to forward movement and accentuate everything that does.

Just like we are to eliminate everything that interferes with our walk in Christ, all that so easily entangles and run with perseverance like it says in Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

That's a great mantra too.