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2022-06-19 - Tree Work, Hill Work, Roosevelt Island

~2.4 mi @ ~16 min/mi

~1.8 mi @ ~29 min/mi

On Sunday morning a big crane and a chainsaw gang take down a partially-fallen tree after yesterday's storms; 🐻 leads a little Leland hill climbing. Then in the afternoon, meet Dr A-🐈 to ramble around Theodore Roosevelt Island. Spy a mimosa (aka Persian silk tree, Albizia julibrissin) blooming brightly in the parking lot!mimosa tree at Theodore Roosevelt Island

(trackfile & trackfile)

- Monday, September 26, 2022 at 19:21:35 (EDT)


2022-06-18 - Kensington Parkrun 5k Talk Walker

~3.1 mi @ ~21 min/mi

Finish dead last – as the Tailwalker should always do at a Parkrun! With DS/Merle, ~1:05 – a PB for him, a PW for me, and negative splits for us both! (21:50 + 20:15 + 19:58 and a fractional mile at 18:53 min/mi pace). Mega-TY to 🐻y for Gatorade and cookies at the finish line!

(trackfile)

- Monday, September 26, 2022 at 17:41:29 (EDT)


2022-06-17 - Hot Wok

~2.7 mi @ ~18 min/mi

Walk to Kensington with woodsy cut-throughs.

(trackfile)

- Monday, September 26, 2022 at 17:38:07 (EDT)


2022-06-16 - Thunder in Rockville

~2.2 mi @ ~15 min/mi

Booming as storms loom on the way to get Bonchon Korean chicken; big deer stare and retreat.

(trackfile)

- Monday, September 26, 2022 at 17:34:27 (EDT)


2022-06-14 - Fried Fresh Fish

~3.5 mi @ ~18 min/mi

Fried fish, snow peas, bamboo shoots, and carrots, ... atoning in advance for carry-out from Hunan City!

(trackfile)

- Monday, September 26, 2022 at 17:27:08 (EDT)


BLUF

BLUF means Bottom Line Up Front – it's a style of writing that immediately says what an essay or paper is about, and clearly states the "So What?" that the audience should take away. A BLUF shows respect for the busy reader's time and intelligence. It's efficient and, in its own way, beautiful.

And, if you spell it backwards and flub the reversal, BLUF becomes FLUB!

(cf Meta-Briefing (2012-11-22), Mantra - Say Less, Better (2018-08-09), Less More (2020-01-24), How to Share Hard Ideas (2021-04-12), ...)

- Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 06:29:36 (EDT)


2022-06-12 - Sweat Dialing

~4.4 mi @ ~17 min/mi

Spy a "Heels & Homeware" business sign in Kensington, and with 🦄 & 🐻 & 🥃, take a Beach Drive ramble, then return via Java Nation, as the phone accidentally makes calls.

(trackfile)

- Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 07:39:48 (EDT)


2022-06-11 - Avery Adventure, Warmup, and Parkrun

~2.8 mi @ ~23 min/mi

~2.8 mi @ ~19 min/mi

~3.1 mi @ ~12 min/mi

Bushwhack through the woods with 🦘 & 🦄 during a Saturday sunrise ramble around Rockville Civic Center Park, then philosophize-walk with 🦄 in Chevy Chase View, before finishing with her in 36th place at the Kensington Parkrun 5k – 37:14, a few minutes behind 🐻y!

(trackfile & trackfile & trackfile)

- Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 21:14:29 (EDT)


2022-06-10 - Mormon Temple Tour

~2.5 mi @ ~17 min/mi

Such a beautiful building! Walk to the Latter Day Saints temple in Kensington and enjoy viewing the inside just before it is again closed to non-Church visitors.

(trackfile)

- Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 06:55:04 (EDT)


Faith and Doubt, Openness and Certainty

From Michael Gerson's eulogy in the Washington Post, "Frederick Buechner was a writer tuned in to the frequency of grace" (22 Aug 2022):

"Buechner ... understood that faith and doubt are not opposites but integral parts of the human journey. He knew that openness is ultimately a more important virtue than certainty. He presented, especially in his powerful novels, the mixture of sacred and profane at the heart of humanity, even at the heart of holiness."

(cf Christmas Faith (2000-12-23), Faith to Doubt (2010-03-11), Nothing But Faith in Nothing (2014-09-07), Mantra - Uncertainty, Kindness, Peace, Hope (2017-06-29), Mantra - Doubt (2018-01-14), ...)

- Monday, September 19, 2022 at 05:50:55 (EDT)


2022-06-09 - Silver Spring Sandwiches

~4 mi @ ~18 min/mi

Saunter down Second Ave to downtown Silver Spring, revisit old mosaics, spy new lawn gnomes, and bring sandwiches home on the bus for dinner.

(trackfile)

- Monday, September 19, 2022 at 05:36:35 (EDT)


2022-06-08 - Secret NIH History Warehouse

~3.8 mi @ ~16 min/mi

The steep dirt pedestrian path from Morris Park in Gaithersburg leads across Muddy Branch and through the woods to big satellite dishes and an anonymous building at the dead-end of Industrial Dr – see the National Institutes of Health's history Twitter account https://twitter.com/historyatnih for info on the low-profile vault and the move there a few months ago. Thunder begins, and soon thereafter, torrential rains!

(trackfile)

- Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 10:02:58 (EDT)


2022-06-06 - Temple Hawk and Woodland Deer

~2.4 mi @ ~20 min/mi

A hawk circles the Mormon Temple spires, and a deer nibbles foliage during a loop around Forest Glen Park through the woods along Ireland Dr – as a big old Nikon digital SLR with a manual long lens gets heavy!

(trackfile)

- Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 09:57:06 (EDT)


2022-06-05 - Dameron Hill Work

~2.5 mi @ ~14 min/mi

Sunday morning loops along the neighborhood streets of Forest Grove with 🥃 & 🐻.

(trackfile)

- Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 08:40:09 (EDT)


2022-06-04 - Croydon Creek with Caren

~1.7 mi @ ~25 min/mi

🦘 & 🐇 explore the Rockville Civic Center Park with a side visit to the old Rockville Cemetery – new paths in the woods near the 2022-04-13 - Rockville Civic Center Park initial solo survey.

(trackfile)

- Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 07:55:57 (EDT)


2022-06-01 - Wheaton Murals

~0.6 mi @ ~18 min/mi

... small down payment to atone for Mi La Cay's delicious Bánh Mì – and during a speedy walkabout, discover bright new murals near Elkin St and Blueridge Ave, at Blueridge Square and Pembridge Square apartments.

(trackfile)

- Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 07:27:32 (EDT)


Secure Attachment

In "The Trait That 'Super Friends' Have in Common" (2022-08-25, The Atlantic) Marisa G Franco writes of the importance of a "secure attachment" style:

According to attachment theory, there are three major attachment styles: secure, anxious, and avoidant. (A fourth–disorganized attachment–is a mix of anxious and avoidant, but it's under-researched in adults.) Secure people assume that they are worthy of love, and that others can be trusted to give it to them. People who are anxiously attached assume that others will abandon them–so they cling, or try too hard to accommodate others, or plunge into intimacy too rapidly. Avoidantly attached people are similarly afraid of abandonment; instead of clinging, though, they keep others at a distance. Attachment is a spectrum, and it can change over time; it's common, for instance, to exhibit more insecure attachment when stressed. But we each have a primary attachment style we demonstrate most often.

Franco discusses optimism as a character trait, and its correlation with feeling secure:

The psychologist Fred H. Goldner coined the term pronoia to describe the optimistic counterpart to paranoia. People with pronoia possess the delusion that, despite any evidence to the contrary, others want the best for them. But presuming goodwill isn't always uncalled for. Unless there's contradictory evidence, secure people tend to assume that others are trustworthy.

It's tempting to think that secure people are setting themselves up for disappointment. But assuming the best sets people up to receive the best. ...

And when untrustworthy people weasel through the cracks and cause harm, secure people are less affected than the insecure. Research shows that security is a strong predictor of resilience and stress regulation. ...

Accompanied by this resilience and good faith, secure people are freed up to take risks in relationships. They're more likely to initiate new friendships, as well as productively address conflict and share intimate things about themselves. ...

and

... the more positively we feel about ourselves, the more likely we are to assume that others like us. How people thought their romantic partner viewed them, the study found, was less a reflection of their partner's perspective and more a reflection of how they viewed themselves. In platonic relationships, too, how we think others view us isn't necessarily fact.

When secure people assume that others like them, this is a self-fulfilling prophecy termed "the acceptance prophecy." ... "if people expect acceptance, they will behave warmly, which in turn will lead other people to accept them; if they expect rejection, they will behave coldly, which will lead to less acceptance." ...

... the power of positive thinking!

(cf Optimist Creed (1999-04-16), How to Win Friends and Influence People (2008-05-17), Tough-Minded Optimists (2009-12-22), How to Be an Optimist (2011-08-24), Happiness Buffer (2013-12-22), Power of Optimism (2016-02-23), Mantra - Be on Good Form (2016-05-10), Positive Thinking Techniques (2017-09-21), Ten Resolutions by Clyde Kilby (2017-10-16), See the Good in Others (2018-01-02), Five Great Joys in Life (2019-09-24), Mister Pollyanna (2020-01-28), Worry, Stress, Anxiety (2020-03-04), Be More Optimistic (2020-07-02), Anti-Paranoia (2020-09-28), It's a Big Beautiful World (2021-05-03), ...)

- Thursday, September 08, 2022 at 15:40:55 (EDT)


The Best Moment of Your Life

... contemplate that in a very real way,
this may actually be the best season,
the best moment of your life ...

If that was so, what would it mean for you?

From Jon Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go, There You Are, part 1 chapter 4, "This Is It" ... in a larger context:

TRY: Reminding yourself from time to time: "This is it." See if there is anything at all that it cannot be applied to. Remind yourself that acceptance of the present moment has nothing to do with resignation in the face of what is happening. It simply means a clear acknowledgment that what is happening is happening. Acceptance doesn't tell you what to do What happens next, what you choose to do, that has to come out of your understanding of this moment. You might try acting out of a deep knowing of "This is it." Does it influence how you choose to proceed or respond? Is it possible for you to contemplate that in a very real way, this may actually be the best season, the best moment of your life? If that was so, what would it mean for you?

(cf Nothing Happens (2005-10-08), This Is It (2008-11-14), This (2013-03-09), Nothing Happens Next - This Is It (2017-02-10), ...)

- Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 05:54:09 (EDT)


How to Be a More Patient Person

Wise advice from Anna Goldfarb, in her New York Times piece "How to Be a More Patient Person", subtitled "Relax. It's going to be O.K." (5 Nov 2018, gift-link). Goldfarb cites three types of patience:

To become more patient:

And above all, be patient with yourself!

(cf Om - Be Patient, Patience and Time (2005-01-11), Hurry Patiently (2008-12-14), Without Effort, Analysis, or Expectation (2010-08-04), Endurance at Work (2011-07-03), Patience (2013-03-03), Patience with Mistakes (2014-06-03), ...))

- Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 17:55:52 (EDT)


2022-05-31 - Sandwich and Salad

~3.7 mi @ ~18 min/mi

Revisit the 1792 northernmost boundary stone of the District of Columbia during a ramble to pick up lunch.

(trackfile)

- Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 09:15:05 (EDT)


2022-05-30 - MCRRC Sue and Connie Run

~4 mi @ ~12.7 min/mi

A new PW (Personal Worst!) for the Sue & Connie Run on Memorial Day, though 🐰 does manage to wait until the final hills before slowing to a walk. Official Montgomery County Road Runners result is 213th of 251 finishers, 119th/131 males, 8th/11 males 65-69, with a gun time of 50:44. Historical data for the MCRRC Memorial Day 4 miler course:

34:11 - 2002
45:51 - 2006
41:36 - 2007
44:27 - 2008
46:15 - 2009
31:04 - 2010
32:07 - 2012
30:36 - 2014
32:59 - 2016
33:32 - 2018
34:11 - 2019
50:44 - 2022

(trackfile)

- Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 06:48:15 (EDT)



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