1. If you don’t do anything else today or read anything else in this post, check out this clip. It will put a huge smile on your face. Promise! During a half marathon to benefit cancer research, some runners noticed an unusual participant on the course. Dozer, the dog, had watched the runners pass his house, which was at mile marker 5. He decided to join the fun and ran right along for the next 8 miles! He crossed the finish line at 2 hours and 14 minutes and he hadn’t even trained for it. He ended with a little limp, but he was reunited with his people and is doing well. Dozer received a race medal (hey, buddy, I had to run all 13 miles for mine) and has now raised $14,000 for the cause. Go Dozer!
2. There’s nothing like live music. You can feel the rhythm just resonate in your body. It makes you feel more alive. Unfortunately I don’t get to shows as much as I would like, so I try to take advantage of a summer program in the park called Celebrate Brooklyn. All genres of musical acts perform at the bandshell. Last weekend I went to jazz night, featuring the Roy Hargrove Quintet.
Sitting under the stars with a cool breeze drinking cheap box wine listening to some great jazz…doesn’t get much better than that. The last song they performed in an encore was a classic by one of my favorites: Sam Cooke. Here’s a clip of Cooke’s original version of Bring It on Home to Me.
3. Bath Day!
4. Last night, my first round of writing workshops ended. I was reminded why I enjoy moderating these classes so much. We spent almost two hours talking about fiction writing and I never looked at my watch once. When do I get to do that? It felt really indulgent like a warm bubble bath. I learn so much that I hope the writers got as much out of the class as I did! I thought it was a great success, so I’m going to do another workshop in August. Do you have a passion that you enjoy so much you lose all track of time? If so…don’t forget to send recommendations for the new Shine page.
5. The natives are restless. I’m heading to Tennessee to visit my mom. You might remember she is in a wheelchair due to two broken ankles. Needless to say, she’s a bit bored so I’m going to keep her company for a few days. I think we’ll be playing a lot of cards…
Happy 4th, if you’re celebrating. If not, have a great weekend anyway!