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Juniata's River edge; 9-11; prayers

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I haven't blogged much and this won't be much of a blog. This is more just "my thinking or rambling".

I haven't walked in a while and I miss it. I hadn't walked, in part, due to the rains we've received over the last several days. Most of it was remnants of tropical storm Lee, but there were other weather fronts that also produced rain. I've dumped 10-1/2" inches from my rain gauge. That's a lot of rain, but fortunately it was over several days and I've not really been affected by it...other than I will have a horrible time when I can finally push-mow my lawn. The grass is about 8" high. I'm not alone...all my neighbors will have the same problem. It will be a "good workout"!

I hadn't walked in a while, also in part, due to the various functions I'm involved in. But I'll get to that a little later.

There's no threat for rain until later this afternoon. So I laced up my running shoes and walked out the door. WHAM! Whoo-Boy, the air is HEAVY! It's hard to breathe. Because I haven't walked in a while, I decide to take a SHORT walk down to the Juniata River. Well, actually, it's the RAYSTOWN BRANCH of the Juniata River. On my walk I get soaking wet from the trees dripping their heavy water droplets. You'd think it was raining. I decide to go to the River because it's known to flood in several areas, one of which is by Fort Bedford Park. It's about 1-1/2 miles from my home. You can see where the water was over and beyond the newly constructed Walking/Biking Trail. This particular portion has macadam and no damage. Just muddy now. You can see where it invaded the park portion but the picnic tables and kiddy rides remain intact.

Whew! This is good. But then I think about Texas and portions of Oklahoma who could use some rain. How sad. I'm praying rain comes their way to help with their parched ground and the many widespread fires. I am praying. I think about all those in other areas where the rains have exceeded flood stage records. I am praying.

The other reasons I haven't walked much of late: I like to keep busy. A part of it is due to the fact that it numbs my thinking about the deaths of my girls, my husband, my brother, my parents, and many other family members. A part is due to my just feeling so much better about myself when I help others. Therefore, I am extremely active with our local Food Outreach Bank; am co-chair of the Free Community Dinners that are put on by 7 local churces; and very active with our Church Missions group which is 75% for localized help and 25% worldwide help.

And now I recently became a member of a group that is trying to SAVE a dedicated Park. It could be the beautiful park it once was but our town fathers have had no interst in it for years. Now they want to break the restrictions of the deed and transfer to another entity. I won't go into detail, but it is taking a lot of effort and court time. If we can win and keep it as a Park, then there will be a lot of hard work to bring it back to its former glory. It's worth it!!!

I am passionate about these projects. So as long as I can remain healthy (which I am), if I miss a walk here and there, or don't exercise as I should, I won't beat myself up about it. I AM very active.

This is also a time for reflection regarding 9-ll. Like most of you, I could tell you in detail what I was doing at the time and how it affected me. I have been to Shanksville, the Flight 93 crash site. It's only 30 minutes from my home. IT IS SOBERING. I intend to go again when it's not quite so crowded. I am, and will be, praying.

FINALLY, I am praying for everyone on Spark People who may be struggling in some form,whether it's physical, mental or spiritual. Contrary to what YOU MAY be thinking: YOU CAN DO IT! GO FOR IT!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon for you Gwen!
    I aspire to be just like you! Compassionate & kind! And generous to a fault! I applaud your efforts in helping others...& I can see that by doing so, you're helping yourself as well! You're a strong woman through it all my friend!
    And you have a emoticon of gold! Thank you for all that you do! You're a special lady, indeed! And you are loved!

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    2351 days ago
    Gwen, it sounds like you are getting LOTS of exercise in ALL you do!

    What a blessing you are to so many others by sharing your gifts and talents and time! May you also be richly blessed. What a positive attitude you share with being busy and productive, even when life has been challenging for you. Bless You!

    It must be so sobering like you said to visit Shanksville. We will never forget 9-11 or those brave people on Flight 93. So tragic.

    2352 days ago
    I really admire you for your passion and commitment to your causes!
    I have also had a lot of losses in my life, and some days it is hard to find the energy to get dressed!
    Keep up the good work!

    Hugs, Leslie
    2352 days ago
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