Category Archives: Friends

World Communion Sunday 2019

One of my favorite days of the year.  The First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone celebrated communion today. The Rev. Immanuel Bae officiated with me. Thanks to Anne Marie Russo for the photo.



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26 September 2019

This one is for the young people who challenge us to care for the planet. Special thanks to abby  and to Nicole whose examples and work and action suggestions encourage   me to be more involved.

Slow jog / walk. Morningside Gardens. For the first time in this new effort, more jogging than walking occurred. Hence the switch in order.
Strength work. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
Opening Song for the Maker – Joy Harjo
There Is a Garden –  Archie Roach
Ring around the Moon – Elephant Revival
Ain’t Gonna Drown – Elle King
Dragonfly – Ziggy Marley
Ideoteque – Radiohead
Agolo – Angelique Kidjo
Hermana Tierra – Laura Pausini
When Elephants Cry – Mayuka Thais
Tangaroa Whatamautai – Maisey Rika
Young People Marching – Raffi
all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish
Earth – Lil Dicky
Who’s Gonna Stand Up? – Neil Young
The Seed – Aurora
Globe All Warming – Niyorah
Earth Spirit – R. Carlos Nakai

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Changes August 2019

August has been a breakthrough month in terms of self-care. Eating and exercising have gone really well, particularly since August 10. A corner may have been turned.

I spent the time from August 9 through August 28 providing support to my wife as she recovered (really well!) from hip surgery in Louisville, KY. I ate well and worked out there. The workouts were guided by my friend and trainer Nicole Kung of NK Body Philosophy.

Today was the first day I had a training session with Nicole. I asked her to take a photo to use as a starting point as I live into this new way of living. She said, I think I have one from before. She took today’s photo and provided a comparison with a photo from February. There’s a long way to go, but it’s a good beginning.


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29 August 2019

Treadmill. Strength work. Core work. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
Where Were You? – Jackson Browne
Walking to New Orleans – Fats Domino
Hell No, We Aint Alright – Public Enemy
Shelter in the Rain – Irma Thomas
The River in Reverse – Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
City That Care Forgot – Dr. John
Cry For New Orleans – Multiple artists
Wading Through – Terence Blanchard
Any Other Day – Wyclef Jean, feat. Norah Jones
Shelter in the Rain – Stevie Wonder
All These People – Harry Connick, Jr.
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – Louis Armstrong

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Purple flowers, Louisville 7


14 August 2019
From Sara and John Lisherness for Tricia’s recovery

Louisville, KY

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Purple, not flowers, car


6 August 2019
photo by Don Jang

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4 August 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
I create playlists for a number of reasons beyond having music for walks and workouts. Basic playlists offer an opportunity to include songs from diverse artists. Specific artists are honored from time to time. Special days and current events are sometimes recognized. Playlists have focused on family birthdays. Sometimes all the songs in a playlist address the same theme (at least in my way of thinking); sometimes only a couple do.
Today’s playlist focused on support for a friend. It won’t be listed, so to speak. But it did. And my friend knows. That is enough.

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