My friends’ books

I’ve read all these books written by my friends (plus more, including Finding Bertha, which I’ve given to a loved one to read so I didn’t have it to photograph). The books have been sitting on a shelf (some for years). What good does that do anyone? As I’m cleaning out and moving on, I…

Meet Justine

As I’m about to start my “onboarding” tasks (another portal!) for Peace Corps Uganda that will determine the region of country to which I’m assigned, I met today with Justine Okello,  a fellow League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor classmate who is a native Ugandan. I wanted to discuss bikes/Uganda so I could better understand…

Meet James

As I’m getting read to recycle Mulie*, I’m finding old stories that involved him. You may enjoy this little one (see 2-minute video below). I’m not sure what became of James and Homer since then (although here is what happened with Homer a month or so later). My guess is folks could still use bells…

Meet Johnathan

Meet Johnathan. He is Today’s Nice Stranger. When I offered online to give my beloved unicycle to someone for free, he jumped on it. We met in a public park today for the handoff. Turns out he learned to ride one as a kid in an upstate NY farm town not far from where I…

Like a mantra

I’m wearing the bracelet my friend Mindy gave me just about every day now. It’s helping keep me in the moment and in the hands of my God. It’s reminding me to allow the tsunami of things that are coming at me right now one after the other to happen, without judgment, and to see…

Conflicted

I haven’t told you about the day not long ago when I took the train and rode my bike to a warehouse where thousands of bikes were ready for pickup by kids in need (after having helped collect them a few months earlier). How I volunteered to teach some basic skills, and how I then…

Waiting for Joey

I am sitting at the corner of 14th Street and West Peachtree Road in Midtown Atlanta at the largest Whole Foods in the southeastern United States, a stone’s throw from where not one but two people riding scooters were killed by motor vehicle drivers, prompting Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to launch an urgent safe-streets initiative…

2020

Those of us who take photos of bikes have been waiting a long time for this day . . .