Friday, January 30, 2009

Delusions Of Spring

Spring is a month and a half away, but the strong sunshine reflecting off the banks of snow have a way of playing with my perceptions. That, combined with being cramped up for two months has left me rearing to get back on the road.

I wasn't made for winters, and my body is begging me to be let loose. I've been doing a few laps at the YMCA indoor track, but it's just not the same. Right now the roads and sidewalks are covered with sheets of ice, and there's not too much I can do.

Winter has given my body a good chance to recover from my fall injuries, but now it can hurry up and get warm.

Marathon, here I come.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Raw In The Winter And The Apple Banana Video

So it's winter, it's freezing, the my garden stopped producing fresh vegetables over four months ago.

You might surmise that it's pretty hard to be a raw foodist right now, but it's really not that bad. Make friends with your produce man and you can get all kinds of good stuff, like the Apple, or Manzano banana.

I first had these on vacation in Miami, and found out that I could have them imported here.

Here's the video:

Manzano Bananas

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Man Who Planted Trees

As a child I loved "The Man Who Planted Trees," by Jean Giono.

For years I dismissed it as idealism, but increasingly, as I've researched permaculture and other restorative agriculture systems, I see that Giono packed some incredible wisdom in this simple and quick read.

I've written before about the close tie between the decline in the earth and what we're putting in our mouths, and this tale just illustrates this.

I wrote a review of it here.

I hope all of you will take the time to read this amazing tale, and pass it on to a kid in your life.

Then go plant some trees.


The winter gusts have driven me inside to the YMCA right down the street from my apartment. I'm doing a bit of running but trying to take it easy on my right foot after a late November almost barefoot run ended with my foot plunging into a leaf-covered hole and injuring my forefoot.

I'm mostly sticking to biking, body weight exercises, and a really watered down stair climber they have there.