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The Kite Courageous

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I've recently finished reading The Kite Runner and was blown away by the courage shown by Amir, the protagonist, as an adult he faced the demons of the past and redeemed himself from terrible choices he once made as a child.

Similarly, Jimmy Santiago Baca displayed courage and tremendous self-confidence as he placed himself in harm's way, risking detention by the INS as he describes in his "Parting Words" available for streaming or download at this website: www.poetrypoetry.com/Features/JSBaca

These incidences have moved me to tears at times. I realize that they resonate so soundly with me because I'm increasingly aware of the kind of courage I need to break through old patterns of denying myself the freedom to express my true voice, my true actions.

One song which captures this spirit for me is "My Song" by Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek. It's available at Amazon for download for 89 cents...such a deal! You can also listen to a sample of the song: www.amazon.com/My-Song-Keith-Jarrett
There is a childlike music box quality at times during this song, which swells with passion and pride at others. Highly recommended!

One area I've been neglecting over the years has been a serious lack of socializing with friends. My life has been primarily going to work and coming home and any socializing I've been doing has been within that context. Of course there's been the added wonderful outlet of SparkPeople!

So, I had cancellations last Sat. freeing me up. This was the opening I needed to call an old friend and invite him out for lunch/brunch. We had a great time catching up and during our conversation he mentioned that he had to go to New York City this upcoming week for a small business transaction and invited me to come along and spend the day walking about the city taking in the sites. I knew this was an opportunity that wouldn't come along often so I sprung for it and we are set to hop on the bus to Port Authority this Thursday!

Woo hoo! I'm psyched to blow the cobwebs! Weather should be mid-60's and sunny...made to order! :-)

Breaking out of old patterns can sometimes be painful, however this time? A glorious thing!

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ZELLAZM 4/8/2008 2:53PM

    Have a great time in the city ... I loved reading about your new directions. And this is the second time TODAY that I've heard something about "The Kite Runner" so I think I'm going to have to put it on my list of books to read! blessings today, Michelle

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CHRISSYS2FAT 4/8/2008 2:42PM

    Good for you DDORN! I think that it is great; I find that I don't socialize much outside of work and SP either. Update us on how your trip goes! Good Luck and hope to hear from you soon!


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More About My "Voice"

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A little bit ago I posted about a wonderful latino poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca. Here is a link to some of his poetry from a performance he gave in 2000 at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL.

I am so taken by the passion, intensity and conviction expressed as he recites his readings...and realize that this "voice" isn't too far astray from the one I use...my own inner coach.

His recital is available for download at this site. My favorites are What Kind of Poem Is Appropriate?, Grandma, Little Girl and Parting Words. He is so moving and inspirational!

Definitely someone who sets Sparks a-flying!



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DAISYGIRLS 3/26/2008 3:38AM

    Don this is excellent! I am a lover of poetry. I just got done writing a paper on Emily Dickinson's "I could not stop for death" I know death ugh, but it is a very real thing. At first I was very put off from what my lit instructor was assigning the class. This class pretty much requires one to be open minded, and that I am not. So finding a paper I could write on without giving my opinions was very difficult. Although we were supposed to interpret the piece.... that is interpret with an open mind lol yeah ok anyway thanks for sharing

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...a fast too long!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

...like excitable dogs left home alone all day, my feet hungrily hit the treadmill first thing this morning and gobbled up the miles!

My trusty mp3 player first served up a peppy live EWF from their live Gratitude album and my feet took right off at a 5 mph jog. Later Santana's "Song of the Wind" played as I felt like a wind had filled my sails...! To wrap up, Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark"..."can't light a fire without a SPARK!" Woo hoo! How fitting is THAT! Wrapped up my run racking up a record number of miles for the amount of time I was on the 'mill.

As one of my favorite acoustic guitar players, Leo Kottke once said: "My Feet Are Smiling"...and so is my spirit!

How terrific it feels to be BACK!!

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ANDALEX 3/16/2008 10:52PM

    what a great entry! it gave my sails a much needed lift! happy running!

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ZELLAZM 3/16/2008 9:36AM

    Woohoo! It sounds like the rest might have even done you some good if you were able to get so many miles in! (I haven't heard anyone talk about Leo Kottke in about 30 years, btw!) Welcome back! Michelle

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10 Days and Counting...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

As I wait for this blasted blister to heal, I am all too painfully realizing how much my daily cardio has helped my energy levels and mood...because the ABSENCE of cardio has me feeling like a listless slug! This has been a record for me of NOT doing cardio since I began my efforts in earnest a year and a half ago...not exactly the kind of record I've been AIMING for!

I dreaded weigh-in today, anticipating even a gain without my 'millwork to burn up my calories. However I maintained...no loss, no gain...which is an accomplishment considering...! It's been so FRUSTRATING waiting for this blister to heal on my big toe. I know that if I were to hop on the 'mill right now I would add insult to injury and knock myself off the 'mill even longer...grrr! One of the things that really sucks about becoming an old fart is that one's body takes more time to mend. In the past I've made mistakes with the assumption that my body would mend itself soon enough...and it DIDN'T.

So I guess the task at hand for me is to slow down and allow my aging body to take its healing course before I start pushing myself again...even if it DOES mean disappointing myself by allowing all these monthly cardio challenges pass me by this time around. Those challenges really mean a lot to me and help me mightily to motivate myself and keep pushing myself just a little bit further.

April's coming...by then I'd BETTER be able to jump fully back in the saddle again!!

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ZELLAZM 3/12/2008 12:11PM

    Hi, Don! Sorry you're still off your feet. I'm sure you're not idle, though, and are doing just about every exercise in a sitting position that there is, making lemons out of lemonade. Hey, our anniversary is coming up - and that toe WILL be ready to dance in the celebrations! :) Michelle

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Long Time No Blog!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thought I would just update folks...no great flashes of insight here, just day-to-day stuff...lol

Something inevitably comes up to break my stride, but have been doing my best to continue to get on the treadmill daily and strength-training 3 times weekly.

Last month I had some worries with my left quad causing some pain. It wasn't terrible, but I worried that it would get worse. So I gave it a rest for a few days, but then we went out of town for a week where I had a fitness center at my disposal for a week and I really put the pedal to the metal. I was doing an hour each on the elliptical and the treadmill PLUS a half hour with dumb bells on a DAILY basis. The quad continued to bug me a bit, but didn't worsen. Spoke up to my doc and it turns out some degenerating L2-L3 disks in my spine are the likely culprits. But I figure my workouts only serve to strengthen the muscles supporting my back, so I'm just going to keep at it. The majority of back surgeries yield HIGHLY unsatisfactory results and my back isn't bothering me, so I won't bother it.

Now, THIS month I went and got a blister on my foot (probably because I had dress socks handy and didn't use my usual white cotton ones...grrr!) last Sunday and have been grounded this week while it heals. I've been doing some strength-training each day to keep myself busy in the meantime...but I just HATE these breaks in my attempts to STREAK!

Oh well, making the best of it. The weight loss is slowing but continues to go in the right direction...getting increasingly dissatisfied with these baggier and baggier clothes! :-)


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RENA1965 3/8/2008 12:42AM

    Hi DDoorn,
I agree with you strengthening your muscles in your back. I had the same problems with a disc in mine and with losing the weight and regular exercise i no longer need a wagon load of ibumetin to get me through my day. Keep up the great work, I can really see the difference on your photos! You are a super role model for sparksmen!

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KIMANDTONY 3/6/2008 8:44PM

    I love the way that you aren't giving up on your exercise routine, you just find ways around the problems. Great job!!
I am super inspired!


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