Monday Memo – 5 Things for the Week

1. Be nice. I recently had a brief interaction with someone over the interwebs that didn’t go as expected for either of us. The entire thing is inconsequential, however, it reminded me of the Golden Rule. You know, the one where you treat people as you wish to be treated? Instead of asking me nicely about the apparent disconnect between myself and this person, I got an email in which the someone was at once curious about the problem, berating me for being the problem, taunting, judgmental, and just plain rude. Of course, I subscribe to the words of sage Maya Angelou who says: when someone shows you who they really are, believe them. And so I have moved on. Who needs negative people?  But seriously folks, I ask you, in my mom voice, “What does it cost you to be nice?”

2. 18.1M – That’s not $Mil, that is MILES!  That is how far my training partner and I ran on Saturday morning and it was awesome! I realize that in the world of running, this is a measly everyday thing… but for us it is the most we have ever done (we’ve only been running this year). I remain in a state of amazement whenever we are able to complete a training run of the “long run” variety. Being on a training schedule and having a steady partner is what makes this possible… but woooo freaking hoooo! 18 miles. Eight. Teen. (point 1). Marathon is in 6 weeks. I can’t wait!

3. Mozambique – I was surfing the web last night and came across this photo slideshow about people of Mozambique who live among the trash at the Hulene garbage dump. Taken by photographer Jose Ferreira, the photos are incredibly sad. The story and captions that go along with these images are sobering. Ferreira said, “The life we waste everyday because we want a better one or because we are never satisfied with it, is the life that many wish and yearn to have and would give everything to have it.” Think about that.

Photos: 
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/08/27/Mozambique.trash.city/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

4. Irene – As of this writing, Hurricane Irene is being blamed for 21 deaths along the East Coast of the US. The images on the news of all the rain and the flooding and the destruction are really amazing. I was living in NY when Hurricane Gloria landed on my house in the form of a tree in my bedroom and we watched squirrels literally airborne as they tried in vain to cling to the trees. Nature is truly awesome in its power sometimes. Prayers for the dead and their families. Patience for those dealing with the aftermath.

5. Divergent – by Veronica Roth. This book was amazing. Go now. Buy it. Now. You can thank me later.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8306857-divergent

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