1. Have you heard of SoulPancake? It’s a website that “explores life’s big questions.” That sounds like a cliche or ad copy, but the creators have come up with an edgy, yet safe online community where people can discuss their ideas or ask questions. Life’s Big Questions encompass those topics that we all think about but don’t always get a chance to talk about. Each week, they post activities that get you thinking. One recent activity was to take a photo that showed something unexpectedly beautiful. Another was to write a paragraph about your relationship to time. Here is an activity from last week: SoulPancake Shout Out (3 min. video clip).
2. Autumn is my favorite season, not just because of the colorful leaves, but the way the light changes. It’s absolutely magical, the way it drapes itself over the city and makes it sparkle. Now that daylight savings time has ended, it gets dark here before 5:00 pm. Every afternoon I get to see the last rays of sunlight wash the buildings in the most beautiful shade of orangey-pink. Then as the day becomes dusk the sky turns a distinct shade of cobalt blue that only happens in the fall. The lights come on and twinkle against the velvet background. I’m not sure this photo does any justice, but this was taken through my office window.
3. Speaking of fall, this here is apple and pear country. The farmer’s market is overflowing with them and all their juicy deliciousness. I stocked up with Bosc pears this week and made an upside-down pear spice cake. The last step is to brush a glaze on top which is why it looks wet. My co-workers gave it a good review, so I think I’ll make it again.
Do you have any fall favorite dishes?
4. The NYC Marathon was held last Sunday. Since the race route passes through my neighborhood, it’s become a bit of a tradition for my friends and I to cheer the 30,000 runners to the finish line. We are at about the six mile mark (10K). It usually goes a bit like this:
Arrive on the sidelines a few minutes after the race begins in Staten Island.
Wait about 10 minutes.
Watch for the arrival of helicopters and police escorts that follow the front of the pack.
Clap as elite runners pass (below) faster than two clicks of the shutter.
Wait another 10 minutes.
Cheer as premier runners pass.
Wait 10 minutes.
Cheer as third tier runners pass.
Wait 20 minutes.
Scream and cheer as the Achilles Runners pass. (The Achilles Runners are a group that aids people with disabilities to participate in sporting events. Some are blind or wheelchair-bound or have a prosthetic limb. In the marathon, they often run with a able-bodied “buddy.”)
Wait 10 more minutes.
Scream and cheer as the massive wave of the bulk of the runners begin. (For the next hour or so, there will be a sea of people from around the world pounding the pavement. They take up the width of a four lane road. Side note: the elite runners are almost at the finish line.)
Go to brunch.
5. When smart things turn dumb. The (un) Help Desk at my workplace created a web portal that you can access to reset your password if you forget it (your vacation was that good) or you freeze it through too many attempts. You simply go to the portal, enter your name and then answer 4 simple questions to get a new password. You pick the 4 questions from a list provided and the system saves the information.
Problem? Now I have to remember the answers to the 4 questions. If I can’t remember my password, how will I remember the answers I entered to these questions. See, the questions weren’t simple with finite answers: What is your mother’s maiden name? In what city were you born? These were some of the questions:
- What was the name of your school mascot? (Did I list high school? College? Grad school?)
- Name a great adventure you took.
- What was your first job? (Did I list the title of the job? Or the company name?)
- What is your favorite city? (So many places, which one did I list?)
- Who is your favorite author? (For me this is like choosing between children.)
- What section of the newspaper do you prefer?
- How do you get to work?
- Name one of the Bill of Rights.
- What is your favorite food? (Finally a no-brainer: N-U-T-E-L-L-A)
Have a great weekend everyone!