Friday, March 19, 2010

User Friendly Sidewalks

Just reading online about an interesting new concept: Livable Streets  It is a movement to make our city streets more pedestrian friendly and safer for bicycles.  New York, San Francisco and other cities have added bike lanes, benches, plazas with tables and market umbrellas for people to relax amid the frenetic pace of the city.  People can read their newspaper, visit with friends, have coffee or lunch and enjoy the outdoors.  What a great new movement for urban life!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What I'm Reading

I am an avid reader and always looking for great books ... novels or how-to books, historical fiction or theology, adventure or christian living, contemporary thought or mystery.    I read at least one book a week, reading in the evenings, on my lunch break and on my exercise bike.  A new author that i've discovered and i like, Margaret Feinberg recently had a challenge on her blog to inspire people to read more.  Here's what i'm currently reading:

Finding Meaning in Life

My friend and colleague, Jeff Goins, had this Manifesto published recently by Change This.  it's a great article entitled "Wrecked for the Ordinary: A Manifesto for Misfits".  It makes for some great reading about not accepting the status quo, but seeking your purpose in life.  Is there more to life than just 9-5 bringing home a paycheck and enjoying the recreation and accumulating stuff in your free time?

Spring is Coming

eventually ... i think ... i hope!  we've had lots of rain and too much cold weather this year.  the daffodils are here and the trees have buds.  can't wait for the warm weather to stay.  the night before last it was so windy that the lake had 6" waves, then in the morning it was like glass.  i love seeing the many moods of God's creation throughout the day.  i love to look at the goldfish in my pond and see them come up for food.  the water is warm enough now that some birds have come to splash and take baths in the pond.