All posts tagged: NYC

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and small flurries have been teasing the North East following the first blooming of cherry blossoms last week. This winter season has had its highs and lows, in metric terms that is, jumping all over the temperature scale. One weekend would require a full parka and snow boots, followed by one allowing for light jackets and dainty heels. The season this year was defined by one large storm that hit the Northeast on January 22, taking the bronze medal as the third-largest single snowstorm measured since the city’s record-keeping began in 1869. During the years I lived in the city I learned that if you are going to be snowed in, there is no better place to be than NYC. It’s a spectacle to see the roads closed down and people walking about freely, hopping from bar to bar and enjoying long meals with friends, with nowhere to go and not a care in the world. On January 22, my day was spent with friends cooking several meals, …

Snapshot: Never Forget

  I would like to inject a moment of everyone’s time for a moment of remembrance. A moment where we put away our daily burdens, and remember the many lives we lost 14 years ago.    Three weeks following the attacks I was able to go down to the site and look directly at the devastation. There was such a sense of emptiness, loss unexplained, a feeling I’ll never forget. 9-11 impacted all of us as a nation, and the heroes and lives we lost that day. The rebuilding of not only Ground Zero, the city and our country is so powerful, and the emerging generosity of human beings as people has proven again this is the greatest nation in the world!    I want to take a moment to remember, but to also be thankful for the wonderful opportunity of being part of such a great nation. Please join me in taking a moment of silence for those who were lost, and a moment to voice your thankfulness for the loved ones in your life. 

Press Play

Walking through the park the other day and listening to my headphones I saw a group of older Asian ladies doing Tai Chi. As I stared it seemed as if I their off sync movements began to flow to the beat of my electro beats as a child ran spastically, but rhythmically around them. It all seemed acted out, like a music video set that I was unintentionally directing. I noticed that when I press play, the world seems to slow down – or speed up – to move in motion to my beat. I took a moment to sit and stare at everyone else plugged in, wondering… what is acting out in their minds? The guy on the train with blonde wavy hair and flip flops, closing his eyes and strumming his fingers … hitting every beat of the jerking train tracks as if it’s in sequence to crashing waves on the beach. The burly man in a fancy suit and tie standing in line for coffee – restricting his head shaking with wild eyes …

Running Diaries

Runners from all around the world are gearing up to hit the pavement this weekend for the NYC Half Marathon. A good friend of mine has been training for the past few months, and I’ve been trying to keep up by joining her on some runs on the days it’s at least been above 20 degrees (although it never feels like this). Getting ready to map out my cheering stations, I keep reflecting on my experience training for this same race last year. Many of you joined my journey, as I sent e-mails with updates and photos from my running adventures and accomplishments leading up to the day of the race. Reflecting back I didn’t realize what an impact this race had on me at the time, but it truly got me through some of the hardest months I’ve personally faced. I had committed to running the race with Team for Kids, a fundraising organization, in which you had 72 hours after signing up to cancel your entry or be fully committed to paying your goal amount whether you …