Saturday, November 23, 2013

What are you hungry for?

This book is fascinating as it examines the reasons why food becomes a comfort. Granted, we need food to sustain life, and that in itself can provide comfort.

But for many, food is turned to for shelter, as a stress-reliever, or merely out of boredom.

Deepak Chopra discusses the underlying reasons for obesity..... Many of which surround a feeling of an imbalanced life. The title, 'What are you hungry for?' demonstrates that hunger may not be food. This hunger may stem from feelings of inadequacy or incompleteness. The spiritual aspect of our health is discussed. I found it interesting that it is recommended for the first thirty days, the person is to focus on life-balancing needs and not dieting needs. In fact, he says not to diet.

Granted many tools are provided regarding food, and tastes and textures. This provided valuable insights for me as I am seeking to find balance in my eating. I also became more aware of the balancing act of my plate, and where I 'need more' in my personal and professional life, so I can be 'happier'.

I enjoyed this book, from which I took many notes. I also gained comfort in knowing I don't need to obsess about everything I eat, and can create a comfortable awareness. I am also content with my plant-based diet, and the occasional meat.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Mrs Poe-- a novel

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, Mrs Poe, written by Lynn Cullen.

Set in New York City in the mid 1800s, the story is a twisted tale about life and love. A perfect midday drama. Additionally, the history of the era caused me to do further research about Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island), and kissing bridges. It is hard to believe that New York was once farm land and considered country wilds, north of what is now the village.

In addition to exploring NYC in its infancy, it was fascinating to learn more about Poe, or the author's interpretation of him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and recommend this read.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

I ran a bridge this morning......

It isn't too often that one actually gets to run across a bridge, or walk for that matter. Not a bridge found in a park, but a bridge that crosses a major body of water, like the Naragansett Bay. And this morning, I participated in the Pell Bridge Run, crossing the Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport.

This morning reminded me why I run, why I train, and how much fun it can be. It wasn't about racing today, or winning-- it was about the journey. I met some pretty cool people, and enjoyed the views and chatter along the way.


I got to run/walk a bridge this morning. I got to enjoy the view.


After my run, I frolicked on Easton's Beach. I added several shells to my collection.

This summer I plan to swim under the bridge, with Save the Bay. Care to join me?




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fahrenheit 451

Upon finishing this book by Ray Bradbury, I reflected on how much I enjoy reading. I love to absorb characters, places, everts, being provoked to thought and learning something. I can go to a different world, or create my own...... All in the pages of a book. In fact there are times when I get angry at Hollywood's interpretation of the events and characters at times-- I want to shout and say.... The character looks nothing like that.

But none the less, I thoroughly enjoy a good book.... Turning pages, and traveling to another place.

I also enjoy learning from the research, insights of coaches who been successful, or being challenged to be better, or change my thought pattern. I enjoy the comfort and anguish experienced in poetry and humor that some provide in satire or just sharing life's events.


I couldn't imagine a world without books, and yet as I read through the pages of this book written in 1953, I see many of the political issues we face today discussed. Government control and edicts, people behaving like drones, don't let them think.... And I think of this,

'Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much: such men are dangerous.'

--William Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar, Act I, Scene 2


I prefer to live in a world, where I can 'think too much'.