Gone running.

I’m a runner and it wasn’t always so. At first, I had asthma and internalized that because I required an inhaler to get past the hard parts, I couldn’t run. Then when I tried anyways in college, I did it too often with bad form and I developed runner’s knee so again, I thought that I couldn’t run. This year, I resumed my attempts and made the same mistake but this time I had a runner friend Leann to ask for help and the blessed internet. I slowed myself way down, switched to dynamic stretches, cross-trained, rolled out with a foam roller afterward, and reduced the frequency of my run.

Fortunately, third time seems to be the charm and now with stronger muscles and form that doesn’t make seasoned runners want to cover their eyes, I’m back to that lovely runner’s high.

I’m pretty excited, and off to go for a run now. I see my running as an example of continued effort and education paying off. I’m immensely proud of my running habit, and as it was on my mind today, I drew a sketch of that feel…when…your feet are taking you places you want to go.

We have lovely mountains surrounding my home. Most nights are spectacular with purple peaks and peachy sky.
My head goes to a calm space, running is a serene effort.

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Imagine – My Homage To Imagine Permaculture Food Forest

My dog is extremely food motivated. Somewhat irritatingly so at times. When I leave the house he scours every nook and cranny for something resembling food. Which is why today when I sat down to read the trifold brochure for Imagine Permaculture Food Forest it was missing a two inch chunk of the logo from the front panel and half of the contact information from the back. I spent some time puzzling out what the brochure was actually saying and finally decided that yes, yes I would like to go attend a work party.

I was thinking about that missing logo while waiting for choir practice and so I decided to imagine my own version. The original symbol is a big tree with the word “Imagine” written in the canopy. The tree is growing on the Earth and its roots begin to wrap around the globe. My version started with the idea of being the globe but then I decided to go someplace completely different. This is what I ended up with.

Imagine a better way to live. A tree grows from an apple that splits the concrete below with roots growing out of the base. City in background.

Inspired by the Imagine Permaculture Food Forest. A community project of Oak Harbor.

Random thought: I too am extremely food motivated. Perhaps my dog takes after me.

Here is a link to the Whidbey News Time article on the urban food forest project. Community garden project takes root

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