The events of Charlottesville cannot go unaddressed – ignoring such evils allows them to grow. I have never been able to comprehend how someone can degrade and hate another based on skin color or ethnicity. All people deserve to be treated with dignity. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the woman and two cops who senselessly died and for the victims of such hatred. And I pray for those supremacists, that they may banish the hate from their hearts and learn to love their neighbors.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” – Nelson Mandela
On a lighter note, here are some of my favorite things from this week. Happy Friday!
Did you see Emma Coburn’s historic win at the IAAF World Championship Steeplechase? The steeplechase is my favorite middle distance event. The race covers 3Km (~1.87 miles) with hurdles and water jumps and evolved from the 18th-century Irish sport in which equestrians would ride from steeple to steeple. The steeplechase never has a dull moment, especially this year’s championship race. Coburn’s performance is incredible, especially during the final lap of the race.
“Woman Who Runs to ‘Escape the News’ Hasn’t Stopped Running Since Wednesday” from Mark Remy’s blog Dumb Runner. No matter what your political views are, I think satire offers value through humor – sometimes, you just really need a laugh – and an examination of our society. (Another hilarious piece I read this week was The Atlantic spoofing conspiracy theories in a piece about the eclipse). This article made me laugh while also relating to it a bit too much.
Janelle (Run with No Regrets) ran a 5K PR this weekend!
Mariah set a half marathon PR while racing at high altitude!
The eclipse is on Monday! We are in 91% totality here in the Seattle area (my parents and sister are in almost full totality and I’m a bit envious!). Ryan and I almost went down to Oregon for the weekend, except everyone is going to Oregon and traffic will be even worse than normal. That’s not to mention that when we looked at campsites, the cheapest ones that were not in someone’s backyard were $400. Still, the views of the eclipse from Seattle will be amazing – especially since we should have a clear day on Monday.
Oktoberfest beers have arrived! We plan on brewing our own Oktoberfest this weekend after bottling our current brew, a dry-hopped pale ale. Some day, I want to go back to Oktoberfest (I got to go in 2010 when I studied abroad), but for now, I indulge my love of one of my favorite traditions with Oktoberfest beers. Sierra Nevada collaborates each year with a German brewery to give an authentic yet unique Oktoberfest beer.
Have wonderful weekend!
Will you see the eclipse from where you live?
What’s made you laugh recently?