“You go, girl”

An elderly man hobbling along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail yesterday said to me as I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike past him, “Stay safe. You go, girl.” I thanked him and we wished each other a good day. That kind of support in public space matters (as opposed to creepy harassment —…

Teenage girl saves herself from attacker

So, as a mother of two daughters and an advocate for girls and women close to home and around the world, my red flag flew up when I heard the framing of this story by a local television station about an assault of a teenage girl in a Hobby Lobby craft store in the suburb-city…

The forest for the trees

Breathe in, breathe out. Rhythmically. Peacefully. Keep moving, hands gripped loosely. Stop to watch the deer in that verdant place where the path bends, and to take yet more photos of thistle fluff in the secret, magic meadow by the power lines. Laugh as Gulf Fritillary butterflies always seem to ride alongside you. Dodge the…

Kids don’t wait; they grow up

The cars rolled in with regularity to the library parking lot, despite the crowded roads clogged with families in SUVs jockeying to find places to park at the annual Scarecrow Festival in Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. Blake and Alice and Art and Brad and Terry and Michelle and others emerged with smiles spread across their faces,…

Help decide locations for last 2 FREE bike classes in 2019

Hi, all. Thanks to support for my book, I’m able to provide 2 more FREE bike skills classes for women and girls (age 13 and older) in the metro-Atlanta area in the remainder of 2019. I’m deciding on locations from places I’ve given classes before. These include: Brook Run/Pernoshal Parks in Dunwoody; Piedmont Park in…

Native persimmons, and why I stay away from them

As I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike from Midtown Atlanta to the City of Decatur for my weekly volunteer assignment at the Global Village Project school for refugee girls, I  went to check on the native persimmon tree that I know is along the route I take. And guess what? They are ripe!…

Thistle fluff

I can’t seem to stop visiting the thistle fluff in a magic thistle meadow I discovered over a year ago. A poem may be coming . . . If interested, six of my poems are in my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike*. Today is the last day to get it for just 99…

National #BikeNoodle Day announced for October 30, 2019

I couldn’t help noticing the advertisements in this photo, juxtaposed against the bike I took down from the attic almost six years ago and my life-saving BikeNoodle*. Find your glow. The freedom you’ve earned. Yes, yes, yes. (Here is what it looked like to run this simple errand via bike, by the way.) I’m now…