Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

My place in the world is in the forest that surrounds my house. The sounds of birds singing and the trees waving in the breeze are peaceful and relaxing. The air is fresh and there are no pressures from work, no noisy neighbors, no yard chores and most importantly no demands on my time. I can linger for hours watching and photographing birds. Here are a few photos from the forest this spring for the weekly photo challenge.

yellow-bellied sapsucker (woodpecker) in flight

yellow-bellied sapsucker (male woodpecker) on a branch

black-eyed junco looking for food on the ground

chipping sparrow singing loudly on a branch

pileated woodpecker making holes at the bottom of a tree

downy woodpecker (male) enjoying a spring day

robin up high in a tree




Restart – Running and Cannabis Cultivation

When my employment insurance finished in October 2017, I applied for a 12-week cannabis cultivation training program at a community college and was devastated that I was not selected for the first government-sponsored course.   For a few days after this disappointment, I considered the possibility of “restarting” my job as a teacher when the union called me for a construction site job in my area.

I showed up on site with a hammer, measuring tape, and a carpenter’s belt to start work as a general laborer – doing site clean-up, chopping  and removing ice, snow shoveling, sanding, tarping concrete slabs, clearing ice and snow from buildings, etc. The job was really awful and my entire body ached by the time my shift was over. As a result of this demanding, physical work I could barely walk by the time I got home, so running and exercising for enjoyment were out of the question.

The positive news is that I was laid off last week. After a week of doing absolutely nothing I am ready to “restart” a running and exercise routine. Running helps me make sense of everything around me, and it allows me the time to think about gardening, writing, planning small projects, studying French, and keeping up with social engagements and business.

Lastly, I suspect that with a break of more than 3 months from running, I will be doing a lot of “starting” and “restarting” as I slowly rebuild endurance, strength and think about “restarting” the application process for the next cannabis cultivation class.

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