Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A fellow member of SparkPeople recommended this site to me:
To me, this story from MotivateUs.com had SparkPeople written all over it!
A Wise Woman's Stone
A wise woman, who was traveling in the mountains, found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said. "I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone."
--- Author Unknown
When I read this story, it occurred to me that here at SparkPeople.com we're all giving each other, drawing out from one another this special ability to give away our precious stones. All our stories, posts, SparkGoodies...we give them away and keep growing and SPARKING our way through life!
Just wanted to pass this along with gratitude for all of you in our SparkPeople community!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Above is the map of the Kal-Haven Trail. I added approximately another 10 miles to the 34 mile route by biking from my son's apartment, where we're staying, across town to the trail's beginning. I always have a twinge of conscience whenever I load my bike up to DRIVE someplace to BIKE: biking is all about reclaiming one's ability to MOVE and transport by virtue of one's own personal body power...no carbon footprint necessary!
Here is the start of the trail:
I ran into a couple pairs of Nordic walkers coming off the trail as I was preparing to depart. Unfortunately hadn't seen them in action, as I am interested to know more and perhaps try this myself sometime. I chatted a bit with them and they were all a-glow with their workout, speaking quite highly of this approach to walking.
My exact mileage isn't quite known because the SparkPeople Fitness Maps feature doesn't include the cross-Kalamazoo bike trail NOR the Kal-Haven bike trail. However the Kal-Haven has mile markers and is known to be 34 miles long extending from Kalamazoo to South Haven.
Here's a typical view on the trail:
It was not as *scenic* a ride as I had hoped in that much of the trail was covered with a canopy of trees and only here and there did it break out into what I refer to as the "Great Wide Open" (always think of Tom Petty's song when I ride in this terrain!) of corn fields or other crops stretching out to the horizon.
My son unfortunately wasn't up to joining me on my trek, but I wasn't going to allow this to prevent me from "keeping my appointed duty"...lol!
It was nice to see some old-fashioned well-water pumps along the way. I tried them and they WORKED! The water was cold and delicious!
The trail routed through Small Town America...first town was Gobles:
And at the mid-way point was Bloomingdale (NOT of department store fame! lol):
These were such small spots-in-the-road locales!
I and this other older fellow kept playing piggy-back along the way...I'd pass him by while he was taking a break and he'd pass me by while I was either stretching or taking pictures. I tried to strike up conversation, but he was more focused, I suspect, on "getting 'er DONE!" :-)
Nearing the end of the trail was a quaint covered bridge:
Also a nice network of wooden planks connecting with a cupola out in the marsh:
And at LAST! Trail's END!
And right across from this was a stupendous mansion on the South Haven harbor with schooners parked in front:
Afterwards my son and DW picked me up in South Haven and I had a little scare: My bike wouldn't FIT in the minivan!
But my son came to the rescue: took the front wheel off...! Here I was getting ready to bike back to Kalamazoo...! A mixture of "Drat!" and "Whew!" :-)
We then headed to the Lake MI shore to catch the sights!
Hope everyone's having a SPARKING summer out there! :-)
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I joined in a MoveOn.org rally today in which we spoke out for the Public Option in healthcare.
My thoughts in advance of the rally was: We're all meeting to support optimal healthcare, right? Well isn't Living The SPARK one of the BEST preventative measures one can take to curb the costs of healthcare?
Yep! Had my fistful of SparkPeople flyers to share with all my fellow MoveOn.org members! They snatched 'em right up!
Spreading the Spark works at rallies BEYOND our SparkRallies too!
Woo hoo! :-)
PS...the next day I found out from a colleague that I had made it to the TV evening news also...!
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