A Modern Pastoral Setting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m sitting on the porch, in addirondack chairs, holding hands with my wife. She is reading wikipedia articles aloud. The topic – Stinky Cheeses.

Mmm, stinky cheeses

Hummingbirds buzz the nearby feeder with one eye on the prize and the other on the interlopers. Potted plants line the porch railing showing off their eager blooms. Tiny gnatty bugs swarm around our heads and bodies, not necessarily because we smell… well, probably because we smell − delicious. A fat breeze from a distant creeping storm sweeps them away. The breeze doesn’t care. The bugs do; meal lost.

We could plan our day but that totally contrasts with the moment, so we don’t. Our dreams and aspirations only reach as far as the garden. We envision it’s imminent bounty.

It is these moments where heaven is so close. All one has to do is inhale

Getting involved

Girls on the Run

I just listened to a podcast featuring a program called Girls on the Run. This is a nonprofit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

From my understanding, this program brings young girls together through regular gatherings and works on building self esteem and fitness. Eventually theses classes culminate into the girls participating in a 5k that emphasizes unity as opposed to competition.

Girls on the Run’s mission: To educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living.

This is a fantastic program. I know kids who have participated and have really enjoyed the process. On the podcast there was a 9 year old girl who sounded so strong in who she was; she attributed her strength to this program.

So if you have elementry to middle school aged girls in your life, I highly recomend getting involved.

Here is the website: