April 4, 2018 marks 50 years from when The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated by a racist.Imagine how different the world might be if he were allowed to live. The movement to end the US war on Vietnam, the Poor People’s Campaign, the overall condition of African-Americans in the US, and many more were issues he advanced, making life better for all of us; they all could have progressed further much had he not been killed.
How much more could he have accomplished? Lives saved? Dignity restored? Barriers broken down? It breaks my heart to think these thoughts and to write these words. As well it should. We lost a true American hero that day. But to cheer us up, here is a picture of him on a bicycle a year before his death, yes, riding a bicycle on Fire Island. A Dude can link ANYTHING to bicycling.
As you may know, Dude Abikes has been happily unemployed since November 1st. He stays busy biking, walking, yoga-ing and of course blogging. To keep the gummint offa his back, he does job search activities. Today there were three, the most interesting of which was a “speed coaching session.” I biked 8 miles to the Domain, a collection of pricey apartments and even pricier shops. A Dude ain’t fancy, but doesn’t mind if others are.
A handful of people gathered in to WeWork, a co-working and meeting space. to hear a presentation, meet the coaches, and then spend some time with one discussing our goals, hopes, dreams, obstacles and the like. It was free, there was fruit, cheese, nuts and such, and we each got a free book. Mine was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, an antiquated but still classic self-help guide that I’ve never read but will now. Pretty cool stuff for a cold Thursday afternoon. Continue reading →
It was down to 18 F last night with still some icy patches on the ground, so today was not a great day to get out. But there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it warmed up a bit so I put on 20 articles of clothing and headed out. Unless this is the first post you’ve read (and if it is, Yay! Welcome!), or if you’ve read the article about me in MLK Day’s Statesman, you know that some ongoing topics of this blog are food, diet, and weight loss. About six weeks ago, I signed up for a free health coaching session at Natural Grocers, the Boulder-based health food store. I figured I’d tell you about this useful tool you may not know about. (NOTE: This is not a sponsored post, but if anyone from Natural Grocers wants to pay me for it, please get in touch!)