Beauty

It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.

Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey

Recommended Newsletter – The Morning Shakeout

I only subscribe to a couple email newsletters, but one newsletter that I’ve been following for well over a year is Mario Fraioli’s The Morning Shakeout.

Each week he delivers interesting commentary along with links to articles about running, writing, and a hodgepodge of other topics.

The most recent newsletter resonated with me because his reasons for running are similar to mine. One of the biggest reasons I keep returning to running is the draw of running on trails. There’s something special about trail running and Mario captures it as well as anyone in the latest newsletter:

While my initial interest in running was fueled by competition, my perpetual fascination with it has been sustained by something greater, a tough-to-describe feeling that’s been tugging at me since I first fell in love with the sport some 20 years ago. I still train to race a few times a year, and I’ll jump into the occasional track workout when a fast mood strikes, but most of my running time these days is spent exploring and enjoying the trails, where I pay little to no mind to pace or splits and instead try to appreciate the beauty of my surroundings while embracing the challenge of tackling the naturally tough terrain that surrounds me. Despite (or perhaps because of) this evolution, running is as fun—and challenging—as it’s ever been, even if I don’t have a race on my schedule. Trail running, specifically, has become my preferred form of putting one foot in front of the other, a sort of moving meditation that provides me distraction-free solitude that’s borderline spiritual by its very nature.

Mario Fraioli – The Morning Shakeout

Map of California State Parks

We live a couple miles from a state park with two lakes. We visit the park a couple days each month and there are a number of other state parks nearby, so it made sense to buy an annual pass (California Poppy Pass).

The pass came with a list of all the state parks that are included1 but a random list of parks isn’t very useful, so I added each park to a Google Map (I’m also slightly obsessed with maps, but that’s a different story):


  1.  popular state parks, like the beaches in southern California, are excluded from the pass. I didn’t include those state parks on this map. 

Getting straight A’s is a horrible trap

Seth Godin is kind of like the modern day King Solomon of business and marketing (referring more to the Book of Proverbs than the Song of Songs).  He has tremendous insight and wisdom, but produces so much content it’s hard to keep up.

For the last couple years I haven’t read any of his books or many of his blog posts, but I really enjoyed a recent EntreLeadership podcast with him.

A couple of quotes that stood out to me:

Getting straight A’s is a horrible trap and if you are pushing and rewarding your kid to engage in compliance and to prove that they can compile, you are starting a pattern that will last their whole life. And I am way more interested in the kid who has learned to solve interesting problems and has learned how to lead.

A widening chasm between curious, interested people who are learning a lot and leading and masses of people who have been seduced into watching more television and are falling ever further behind.