Weekly Dispatch 01/2017

Snowshoeing Mt. Hood Wilderness

The first two weeks of 2017 are in the books. It was a slow quiet wintry last week of break. And then we were back to school. And then SNOWPOCALYPSE! 13″ of snow dropped the first week of school leaving PDX buried, quiet, and not moving. I was excited to get back into the groove of school, and thankful for the rest I allowed myself over break. And then I was ecstatic, because the one day of the year I most look forward to arrived, snow bike day!

No resolutions this year, just letting the driving words of kindle and galvanize guide me on the path of “does it feel good/right/new/activated?” -> then do it. I’m making this the year of trying all kinds of new, listening to new music, eating new foods, exploring new places, getting organized socially/politically etc. It’s fun and keeps things fresh and interesting, especially in the doldrums of winter.

From here on out i’m going to try to do a weekly dispatch. We’ll see how that goes as things get busier in the school term!

What’s been going down so far…

22.44 miles walking
~ 1.0 mile snow biking
4.26 miles snowshoeing

Sherlock Season 4
The Magicians S1
The Leftovers S1 Epis 1-4
Lemony Snicket S1
Rewatch: The Expanse S1

(links to books)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hidden Figures

Listening to:
The xx: XX
The xx: Coexist

The xx: I See You
Rhiannon Giddens: Factory Girl
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Luminescent Orchestrii

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden

Lydia Ainsworth: Right From Real

The Unbroken Line of the Moon by Johanne Hildebrandt
Cadillac Desert, The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner

Quotes of the Week/s:
I try to end almost every day by finding an inspiring quote, here are the ones I’ve selected over the past two weeks.

How thankful I am today, to know that all my past struggles were necessary for me to be where I am now.
– Unknown

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
–  Eleanor Roosevelt

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
– Carl Jung

We, who are thought less than, shall burn brighter than our oppressors.
– Barry Walters on Grace Jones

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
– Salvador Dali

There are some men whom a staggering emotional shock, so far from making them mental invalids for life, seems on the other hand to awaken to sudden life, to arouse into an almost incredible activity of soul.
– William McFee

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear!
– Zora Neale Hurston

Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it’s easier to stay home.
– Gwendolyn Brooks

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
– Toni Morrison

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must known how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew everyday.
– Peter Ustinov

Principled dissent is not only the right of Americans, the founding fathers set up a system of government where dissent is your duty when confronted with actions that you deem undermine the core principles of our constitution.
– Dan Rather

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
– Martin Luther King Jr.