TPW celebrating Canada Day (8am group)

TPW celebrating Canada Day (8am group)
Happy 150th Canada from those who appreciate every mile

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn

I could say it but it’s been said better by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell about the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell, because the year is dying.
Such principles are most absurd,—  I care not who first taught ’em;
There’s nothing known to beast or bird to make a solemn autumn.
In solemn times, when grief holds sway with countenance distressing,
You’ll note the more of black and gray will then be used in dressing.
Now purple tints are all around; the sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground from modest green to yellow.
The seed burs all with laughter crack on featherweed and jimson;
And leaves that should be dressed in black are all decked out in crimson.
A butterfly goes winging by; a singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky, is bubbling o’er with laughter.
The ripples wimple on the rills, like sparkling little lasses;
The sunlight runs along the hills, and laughs among the grasses.
The earth is just so full of fun it really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run the heavens seem to rain it.
Don’t talk to me of solemn days in autumn’s time of splendor,
Because the sun shows fewer rays, and these grow slant and slender.

Why, it’s the climax of the year,— the highest time of living!
Till naturally its bursting cheer just melts into thanksgiving.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall walking weather

What a wonderful weekend to walk. Of course I haven't walked this weekend with TIFF being my focus. More volunteering than films this year.

Less than 2 weeks until I do the half marathon with Rorie.  I say that, but in all likelihood we will walk most of it alone.

I am not as well trained as Rorie so my goal is to finish upright and smiling  - no specific pace.  In my humble opinion it is a lovely thing to complete a race with others. There is camaraderie and support on the course and shared excitement at the finish.  High fives, wide smiles and a few aches and pains shared are shared with others.

Finishing alone is not without benefits, in my case I am immediately thankful to have a body that can move me long distances. Also a mind that can propel me forward. I also know I will have friends and family tracking my progress.  

On my last 18K walk I used an app "Pursuit" where you can broadcast your walk to others.  Its great because you receive "cheers" as you do your distance.  

Not sure if I will use the app in Montreal but I know I am not alone and I look forward to getting it done 

Enjoy the cool temps as you walk your distance this week

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ode to Our Shoes


You keep sitting when you shoulda been moving
You keep saying when you shoulda been doing
I just bought me a brand new pair of sneakers (YEAH)
And left a pair that's got your name right on 'em.

These shoes are made for walking
And walkin's what we do
One of these days these shoes are gonna walk to Timbuktu


Are you ready shoes? Start walkin' 

(with respect to Lee Hazlewood, who wrote the original, and Nancy Sinatra who sang it)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nature and Rorie's Pool Party


There is a place where nature comes to visit by landing on your finger and resting for a while. This place, where you can surround yourself with warm water while chatting away with friends, truly exists. It is a place where companionship matches no other and hours flit by as though they were seconds. You can munch away to your hearts content.
TPW  have enjoyed this ambiance for many years . A little haven (or heaven). It is Rories' pool party held each August. 

Thank  you Rorie for your pool party and thank you Carole for managing our funds in such a way that all TPW have to do is simply arrive and immerse ourselves into this wonderful  yearly event hosted by Rorie (and Stuart).

Monday, August 21, 2017

Loneliness Epidemic? Not in the TPW!

The Globe reported that in the 2016 census, more than 28% of Canadians live alone and that the category of single person households is now the largest group in Canada. (In Germany over 40% of people live alone.) 
I subscribe to a blog from McMaster that reports on research about the effects of aging.  This week the blog was entitled “The Loneliness Epidemic.”  Loneliness is a risk to health linked to depression and cognitive decline.  Social connections are crucial but, studies show, can decline as people age. 
Guess what the solution is!  Join a walking group. Research shows that in addition to the health benefits, people in walking groups had lower depression rates than those who didn’t.  The studies were done with people whose average age was 58.  They had existing health issues like arthritis. 

I don’t really need convincing that TPW is good for my mental health but it’s nice to have it confirmed!