Seeing clearly

So I’m continuing to bounce from one doctor to another, including to undergo a scary oral allergy test to see if penicillin kills me after more than 50 years of thinking I am allergic to it (spoiler alert — it didn’t), when I pop back into my eye doctor’s office to check out the frames…

Grounded

There is tension in transition, and I am feeling it as everything in my life is changing. Traveling at the Speed of Bike, as always, serves as a critical and continual reconnection to my journey — literally, metaphorically, and spiritually — and neither cold nor rain nor winds are excuses to which I will capitulate…

No skirting the issue

So I told my mom my problem. In Africa, I’ll need to wear skirts past the knee (as is culturally appropriate) and these skirts that I used to wear all the time during my intense urban agriculture days would be perfect. Colorful. Comfortable. Light for packing (considering I get to bring 100 pounds of stuff…

Ways to lend a hand

Thank you to those who are U.S. Veterans on this Veterans Day and always. And a reminder that many of those experiencing homelessness are Veterans, and there are ways to lend a hand. See here for some ideas.

Meet Kyle and Esin

Meet Kyle and Esin. Kyle is a hairstylist at the salon right behind that public mural. He’s super nice and I’ve seen him twice this past weekend. Esin (pictured below) is originally from Istanbul and has been living in Midtown Atlanta — and seeing its many changes — for more than twenty years. I loved…

Re: Bicycle Friendly Community application

Dear League of American Bicyclists: I am writing to you to clarify a few things about your Bicycle Friendly Community certification, as I believe the metro-Atlanta suburb-city where I live is going to pursue this in the near future and I have a couple of areas of concern. I know that bike riders in cities…

If that’s the effect a building can have

My reaction surprised me. I had seen the Kendeda Living Building (officially named the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design) before, both on a hard hat tour of it I had taken back in March and in passing many times while developing my Sustainability-in-Action bike tour for Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. But yesterday was my…

Ideas in the corner of life

So, my husband says to me, “What’s with that bowling ball in the corner?” I sigh and say, “Oh, that was from the Garden Balls for Good campaign. Didn’t happen.” “Garden Balls for Good?” he asks, dipping his toe into a sea of endless surprises. (At any given time, he only knows the half of…