Back from my epic trip, and it's been so good to sleep in my own bed, run on familiar streets, and make oatmeal just the way I like it. Onward!
1. ZOOM! Coaching has a website!
My side hustle of personal and professional coaching and running coaching has a web presence now. Check out zoom.coach -- yes, I got one of those funky new domains. It'll be a work in progress, but please share it with any interested folks you may know.
2. Why We Fell for Clean Eating -- The Guardian
Long but interesting article:
For as long as people have eaten food, there have been diets and quack cures. But previously, these existed, like conspiracy theories, on the fringes of food culture. “Clean eating” was different, because it established itself as a challenge to mainstream ways of eating, and its wild popularity over the past five years has enabled it to move far beyond the fringes. Powered by social media, it has been more absolutist in its claims and more popular in its reach than any previous school of modern nutrition advice...
It quickly became clear that “clean eating” was more than a diet; it was a belief system, which propagated the idea that the way most people eat is not simply fattening, but impure.
I have a friend who did one of those Whole-Whatevers that included the elimination of gluten, and now that she's done with the challenge, she can't eat it anymore. I have another friend who has legit celiac disease. So what do I know? I eat as many colors as I can, consume good percentages of protein, carbs and fats so I can run well, and try to manage portions and frequency on junk calories, because life's too short not to eat an occasional Butterfinger.
3. The International Space Station just pulled off the photobomb of a lifetime
4. Hymn by Sherman Alexie
A raw, fierce poem of resistance following Charlottesville.
Why do we measure people's capacity To love by how well they love their progeny?
That kind of love is easy. Encoded. Any lion can be devoted To its cubs. ...
But how much do you love the strange and stranger? Hey, Caveman, do you see only danger
When you peer into the night? Are you afraid Of the country that exists outside of your cave?
Hey, Caveman, when are you going to evolve?
Speaking of the above, my friend the Rev. Yena Hwang preached this sermon full of love and power on Sunday. Wish I could have heard it. She had me at Brene Brown and Voldemort.
Speaking of the above again, I wish I'd had this interview to hand over to every parishioner (and now, every friend on Facebook) who wants the church to stay out of politics. I agree we should avoid partisanship whenever possible. But if you want the church out of politics, you need a new Bible.
I suspect that [the silence of evangelical women] their silence doesn’t just emerge from a place of fear, although I think it’d be crazy to say that’s not true. Being on the wrong side of the evangelical machine is terrifying and punitive. But I suspect that most of those women in leadership simply don’t want to alienate the people that they’re trying to lead. If there was any check in my spirit, anything that would’ve held me back, it would be that. At the core of our work, we want to be able to lead women spiritually. When we enter into fragile spaces like [politics], we are going to rock the boat, and we’re going to lose some people, and we’re going to make people upset or defensive or confused or disappointed.
The problem is that politics and controversy are inherently human. At the end of every policy is a human being. So I almost don’t know how we stay out of this—it’s actually a luxury of the privileged to stay out of it.
I honestly believe that being uncomfortable is a great deterrent of the church in our generation—that, for whatever reason, we have elevated the majority’s comfort over justice. The truth is, those days are behind us. If we are unwilling to stand by our friends on the margins, then we have no business being leaders.
I love Nick's Instagram feed, and he has some great shots of the air show in Chicago this weekend:
If you, like I, needed some good environmental news.
This guy is a DC local and... wow. Just... I can't.
Pulling off this rare double entails running 100 miles with an average altitude above 10,000 feet of elevation around Leadville, Colorado, and finishing it quickly enough (about 22 hours or faster) in order to have time to get into a car and drive two hours to the quirky mountain town of Manitou Springs to reach the starting line of the Pikes Peak Marathon at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
...the Pikes Peak Marathon, of course, is 13.1 miles up... and 13.1 miles down. A mountain. THE mountain.
One last Instagram feed I love. His work is whimsical and satisfying... and frequently delicious.