That’s What I Like…

…About You

You really know how to dance. When you go up, down, jump around, think about true romance. Yeah. For those of you too young to remember the Romantics song from 1980, you can check it out here. You’re welcome! You know you will be singing it for the rest of the day.

Meditations in Motion

Today I thought I would share some of the things I discovered that I am really liking. (Disclaimer: none of these items have sponsored me. This is just me sharing some really cool things with you.)

Meditations in Motion

As a blogger, I am a fair writer, but a terrible photographer. In an effort to improve my photography skills, I am taking on a year-long photography challenge. Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge provides aspiring photographers a new assignment each week, which are posted to a Facebook page, here. The weekly assignments and information about the challenge can be viewed here.

The first assignment was to take a photo representing the real you without showing your face. The second, my attempt is shown above, was to show motion in the photo using the Rule of Thirds (Google it if you don’t know it).

Meditations in Motion

I am in the process of joining a Facebook group called Be the Bridge to Racial Unity. The goal of the group is to form a “community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices.

Unlike most FB groups, joining this group is a months-long procedure. You can submit a request to join and be admitted to the group on a three-month trial basis. During those three months, you have some homework to do. There are articles to read, videos to view, podcasts to listen to, and rules to familiarize yourself with. You are not allowed to post or comment during those three provisional months, but you may “like” others’ posts.

At the end of the three months, each applicant is equipped to be an ambassador of racial reconciliation in their community. The group is predicated on the premise of the sentiment expressed in 1 Corinthians 12: 12. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” This topic is vitally important in America today.

Meditations in Motion

A few months ago, I listened to a program on NPR’s Fresh Air that featured an interview by Terry Gross, the host of the program, with Derek Black, a former white nationalist. Eli Saslow, a reporter at the Washington Post wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rising Out of Hatred about Derek’s remarkable story.

The interview was captivating and I meant to buy the book, but life happened and I forgot. Fast-forward to Christmas Day. When I opened a present from my son and daughter-in-law, it was the book I had been meaning to get for myself.

This captivating book, which I read in a few days, follows the life of Derek Black, son of the founder of the website Stormfront, a white nationalist, white supremacist, neo-Nazi, hate-filled website. Derek is the godson of David Duke, probably the most well-known white supremacist in the US.

As a teenager, Derek organized white nationalist conferences, designed white nationist websites and had his own radio program where he promoted the white supremacist agenda. Then he went to a liberal arts college, where he befriended people with diverse racial, ethnic, political, and religious backgrounds.

When his classmates became aware of his identity, most of them ostracized Derek. A core group of friends, however, opened their hearts and began a dialogue intending to open Derek’s mind. They showed him love in the face of his despicable views and eventually convinced him to reconsider his opinions on race.

Derek went further than just repudiating white nationalism. He set about to undo the damage he did from spreading his hateful gospel.

Spoiler alert – this story has a happy ending!

Meditations in Motion

Finally,Β  for anyone reading this post who runs races, I would like to recommend Race Advisors as a really helpful service. I prefer to read race reviews before forking out big bucks for registration fees.

On Race Advisors website, run by the friendly and inspiring athlete Lauren Pearce Brueckner, you can search their database of races to read reviews written by runners. Or cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, or duathletes.

You can find Race Advisors’ website here. They also have Facebook and Twitter pages.

For those of you who post race reviews on your blog, you can apply to submit those reviews to Race Advisor. Not only does posting them on this website give your reviews more exposure, you will also be helping other runners find races they really like.

I hope you find my finds useful. Do you have any discoveries you would like to share?

 

I am linking up with Shank You Very Much for Dream Team and Global Blogging, Random-osity for The Good, The Random, The Fun, Mary-andering Creatively for LMM, Purposeful Faith for RaRa link up, Meghan Weyerbacher for Tea and Word, Mary Geisen Tell His Story, Deb’s Random Writings for Keeping It Real, Bethere2day for Wordless Wednesday on a Tuesday, and Hooks and Dragons for Mix It Up.

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73 comments

  1. When we share what we like, what we value, what we prize with others, we allow them to see what is most true about us. And the relationship grows deeper than it was before …

    Laurie, thanks for going there this morning.

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  2. The book sounds inspiring and intrigues me (especially since you spoke of a happy ending … I don’t think I could handle the other kind right now). I will check both libraries and Amazon for the Kindle version …. had no idea Facebook groups like the one you mentioned exist.

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  3. I want to read that book myself, Laurie. And I’m also in the 3-month waiting stage at Be the Bridge! I need to go back though and see what all I’ve done and still need to do though. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing these things you like; I like them too.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these, Laurie! The photo challenge sounds really interesting, as does the book. And I love the idea with the Facebook group that people have to spend some time listening before sharing their own opinions. Sounds like it would be a good rule in other areas of life too!

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  5. Very interesting – what a perfect picture on MLK day…perfect in that I struggle to see how these things could have ever happened? Sad that Martin Luther King, Jr. was cut down before he finished his mission. I grew up in Canada and we knew nothing of race relations issues over there … I went to school with Negro children, played with them, they were never any different than me and I was raised like that … we moved to the U.S. one year before the 1967 Detroit riots. It was a rude awakening. I am going to Google some of the things you have mentioned in this blog post. I like that you set many goals for yourself Laurie … not just the running goals. Good luck to you with all of them.

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    • How interesting that race was not an issue in Canada! I didn’t realize that at the time. I just heard on the radio today that MLK was only 39 when he was assassinated. How very sad that he was cut down when he was so young! I lived in a small town with no African-Americans. Our school was 100% white. The first time I interacted with people of color was in college. I am trying hard to remove any trace of prejudice. It is a goal I have set for myself. Thank you, Linda.

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      • No, it was not an issue at that time in Canada Laurie. I don’t know that it is an issue now. We did not use the “N” word, nor the word “Black” – we were shocked when we moved here. Now mind you, I was only 10 years old, but my parents discussed the attitudes of people and I heard their conversations. They also knew I had Black classmates and friends in Canada. After we moved here, I had only White kids in my classes until college, just like you. During the Detroit Riots in 1967, Canadian friends of our family called to check on us as the riots made the news over there. I just looked at the Wikipedia article and it lasted five days and a total of 43 people died: 33 were Black and 10 were White. You have good goals for everything Laurie.

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  6. I really feel like I know you better after reading this post. You are an active lady. Keep taking photos as that is the only way to get better. The book sounds great and I’ll have to check it out. #keepingitreal

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  7. I’ve heard from other bloggers about Be the Bridge and keep wondering if I should also look into it . . .
    So many groups. So little time, but this one sounds like a place for learning.
    It’s great that you are working on your photography. I hear your pain about images for the blog. Sigh.

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    • Michele, I am the product of an all-white high school and an all-white hometown. This group was so instructive for me. It is faith-based. It opened my eyes in so many ways. I am very impressed by the group’s vision and leaders.

      And the photography. I am hoping to improve. What else can I say? I am not a great photographer! πŸ™‚

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  8. I was drawn to your blog because I’m also a person who ponders many things while out on long runs. I wish I could handle Facebook, because I would love to participate in a group like that. But I’m not of the constitution that can tolerate the sense of over-stimulus, unfortunately. It’s definitely a good, and needed, cause.

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    • I am loving it. Next week’s assignment is to take a picture that tells a story showing warmth. I have something involving my hubby and grandson sledding in mind.

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  9. Just saw The Green Book on Sunday! highly recommend – I too raised in all white town and hs. I want God to make any needed changes – things I may not even know that need changing.

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  10. I really commend you for your efforts. I heard that same Fresh Air interview and found it riveting, particularly his relationships with the classmates who didn’t give up on him.

    Oh, and thanks for the ear worm. I love that song. πŸ™‚ – Marty

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    • Yes, that interview was wonderful. The relationships are described in more detail in the book. those students are so inspiring. They gave love in the face of hate. Amazing! And…you’re welcome! πŸ™‚

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    • Your race reviews are awesome. You could easily submit them to Race Advisors. I just submit the ones I write for my blog with a link to my post. Lar=uren (the woman who runs the site) is so enthusiastic. She is easy and fun to work with.

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  11. You are so full of energy and positivity Laurie, I really admire you. I wish I had even half of your energy! But I have two small children so I often feel drained, both physically and mentally. I hope one day I have the energy to be as active and engaged as you are! #dreamteam

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    • Oh, Tracey, I can remember so well how tired I was when my kids were small. Your day will come. Right now, your calling is to give all of your energy to your children. They need you and you will never regret the love and energy you pour into them. I am at a completely different stage in my life. Thank you for your very kind comment!

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  12. Hi Laurie, don’t you just love it when you receive something you wanted but never got around to getting? It really shows someone cares/ listens! The book Rising Out of hatred sounds an interesting read. My husband is a white South African and it is so sad that so many people automatically assume he is a racist, which he is not. Having lived in South Africa for two years I just couldn’t get my head around why some people think themselves superior to someone else on the basis of skin colour. To be honest I can never understand why someone would think themselves superior to anyone for any reason. How wonderful would it be to live in a world where no one noticed colour, or accents or money? One day, but maybe not in my lifetime… Race Advisers sounds a brilliant website. 2018 was the year I stopped running (hip problems) and taking part in races, but a website like this would have been very handy indeed.

    Thank you for popping over and sharing with #keepingitreal

    xx

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    • Yes, my son and his wife are so thoughtful! Yes, racism is one of those inexplicable concepts that people use to make themselves feel good at another’s expense. I am having hip problems too. Hoping I can overcome them and keep on running. I would definitely miss it if I couldn’t do it!

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