Next Friday the England football team will take on Scotland in an important World Cup qualifying game, and since the game happens on November 11th, Remembrance Day in the UK, both teams have proposed that they wear poppies (the traditional British symbol of war remembrance) to commemorate those who lost their lives in past wars. In the […]
This week we are busy packing up our belongings deciding what to give away, what to leave with friends, and what to fit into the four suitcases that will come with us to the airport on Saturday morning as we head to England, and then on to Tanzania in a couple of weeks! Much as we are looking forward to arriving in Tanzania, we will be sad to leave friends and family here in the US. One of my enduring memories of our time here over the past year or so is the 4-week “soccer festival” that our church hosted for kids from the local neighbourhood last summer.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity, along with eleven other crazy people, to run in the Cascade Lakes Relay, a team relay covering 216.6 beautiful miles in central Oregon. After being warned of unbearable heat, long and steep hills, and sleep deprivation, the reality was actually a lot more fun and a lot less painful than I was expecting!
As our four previous visits to Oregon had all been in the winter, it has been reassuring the past few weeks to discover that Oregon does actually have a summer too, and so is not identical in climate to the autumn-winter-spring-autumn cycle of southern England. The last few weeks we have been able to get out of the house a bit and to enjoy the summer with friends.
I like to run occasionally, sometimes for exercise and sometimes to get me going in the morning. I’ve done this for a lot of my life and have experienced different seasons of running – some more enjoyable than others. Lately, over the most recent years, running has become more interesting to me than ever before. […]