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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Put the Pedal to the Metal

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Good Morning! Happy Sunday! My sleepy husband, (he worked last night), asked for a mental health day before I begin the school/work regime tomorrow.

I choose to start it with the Hampton! A beautiful ride around the Moody River Estates was also inspiring. I was among the youngest of the folks pushing my bones along the path. All I can say as I decompose, exchange CO2 for O2, only seem to regenerate hair and finger nail cells, is that my mistaken zygote DNA is grateful I can still push the pedal to the metal! It is absolutely crucial as a health care worker to take care of the container one is housed in. Now that I have stepped into being a semi-centenarian, there is no more time to put off good health.

The regretful eyes looking up at me from hospital beds, make for a strong incentive for healthful life choices.

I was recently inspired by a Gangster Gardener from South Central LA, Mr. Ron Finley.

Thank you, TED! A must watch!

He said Food is the problem. It is also the solution! His innovative way, despite local government's red tape, was outstanding in creating a self sustaining lifestyle choice for an entire community!

As a child, we always grew our own food.
So I miss this healthy routine! The Christian based seed bank and small farmer resource, that has a test farm by the Trailer: ECHO, shared that our world population has now flipped. We have more people living Urban instead of Rural. So how do we grow our own food, self sustain? They teach it, worldwide, one to one, on roof tops and alleys! ECHO is an amazing world resource!

With genetically modified seeds and pesticides, and trying to live on our 'living wage', one needs to innovate! Growing your own food is the way.

Mr Finley said he was tired of seeing dialysis centers popping up everywhere. I am tired of seeing my relatively young patients of color and economic adversity being treated for things they could have avoided if they just did two things: eat healthy and move! I hope to inspire our hospital, one of the largest healthcare providers in the area, to support more walkathons, bike rides, and community gardens. I am sure the Henry Chapin Food Bank would partner with our hospital to support a community change.

It's time. Our children are unhealthy and increasingly obese. (like I have any room to talk!) But as Mr. Finely said: Give a child Kale and he will eat Kale!

All these thoughts crowded my head as the Moody walkway was crowded with folks much older and healthier than me. In China, seniors wake to dance on the street of Eternal Happiness, with music that is played over a loud speaker. One gentleman claimed his diabetes is controllable now, and he has improved health because of the daily dance exercise routine.

I can't dance. I am hopelessly white and without rhythm. So I pedal. I pedaled right past the Victory Lane Cafe, and on the way back I stopped.

A kind gentleman in charge took a moment, from setting up car show orange cones, to honor my request and take my picture, in front of their MONSTER TRUCK!.

He said, "You look awful tiny in front of that truck!" I replied, "Good!" I am tiny.

But I hope to make a change! I will be talking to some folks about walkathons, bike rides and community gardens in Southwest Florida. I am really excited!

The Victory Lane Cafe has a car show today, a corn hole toss?, and a live band! I thanked the gentleman for the pic and told him, maybe we would be back after the Paw Park dog beach.

I am very grateful my husband requested a mental health day. I hope it grows to become a healthy change for my community.

Happy Sunday, ya'll!

(yes, as a sweet lady i passed on the Moody trail said: i match my bike!)


Viv says:

Will listen to the TED talked - been thinking down these lines for some time and working towards :) - good luck with everything

19th Aug 2013, 13:04

taniwha says:

Lovely piece and dig the monster truck.elegant bike picture too.

19th Aug 2013, 15:26

Isn't TED the best?!? Going to start on a small level at home, Viv, but think we may have outside community interest . . . waiting for day off to make some calls. Maybe all it needs is a nudge! Thank you for good luck wishes! :)

Thank you, taniwha, for the kind words! The Monster trucks down here can be quite humbling, especially if you are in a Honda Civic like me, and they are directly behind you traveling fast! I like the old beach bike too! She is harder to push and needs air and oil, but so do I~ ;)

21st Aug 2013, 03:07

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