This blog was begun as an act of recovery from a series of events which happened in January 2014. The kinds of things that happen in everyone's life, only in my case they happened in the course of a month: I broke my foot (and kept re-breaking during that snowy winter). My dear friend Laura died. A week later my mother died. Then a hinky mammogram: I was headed for a lumpectomy and radiation. I was immobilized, grieving and looking at months of mental and physical recovery, as well as the ordeal of dealing with a complicated estate.
I had been a long-time member of the Y (the one made famous by the Village People). I loved the people but even with both feet working, never seemed to get there. I was told I would tolerate radiation better if I were in shape. By then, my foot was better, so I got an exercise bike. A week into radiation, I saw Brompton bikes being carried out of a restaurant - and my life changed. No locks, no theives? I'm in! The next day, I bought one. The following day, I rode up to the GWB, got a bike map and began cycling to my radiation appointments. I haven't stopped riding since. Cycling is healthy. It is also totally joyful - I can't recommend it highly enough. I don't know where this blog will lead. I have only just begun to focus on the actual writing, have only recently considered developing a writer's voice. My primary goal is to experience joy. The rest will take care of itself.