Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Running the Bridges

After a remarkable recovery this afternoon, I went for my first outside run. I ran the bridges which is a run just under eight miles that includes both sides of the beautiful Saskatchewan River and five bridges (I ran across the two end bridges). My house is right on the river and over the winter I have been missing my river runs. I ran from 6:00 PM to a little after 7:00. The sun was shining, no wind, and I only ran into a wee bit of ice (which I avoided because I knew no one would come to my rescue if I fell and sprained my ankle). I had plans to just run three bridges but the run felt so good that I did all five. As I ran I thought of how lucky I am to live in a country where a single woman can own her own house, be a university professor and freely decide when and with whom she wants to have sex (April 8th...a little foot note needed here...since writing this, and having it posted to my e-mail by a colleagues, I have several people jokingly asking about my "sexual freedom"...while I would love to see all you happy married folks live vicariously through my exciting single life have you forgotten that I'm busy running a 1000 miles and writing blog every night...get your minds out of the gutter!!!! :) ...Oh, and also decide to go to the grocery store for ice cream without needing to ask a man (and have men not think this is a problem....ya Canadian men)! In all of our good fortune including our wonderful freedom and human rights protections, we should all take a wee bit of time to do whatever we can to demand the human rights of all, including Afghan women. We need to send a clear message to our politicians that we do not want our military defending a foreign government that legislates the oppression of women. Our military deserves better, we deserve better and above all the women and girls of Afghanistan deserve better. My thoughts at the 315 mile mark!
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  1. Caroline,
    I wish i shared your optimism about Canada being so great, just ask someone who
    lives in structural unemployment, like the latest study pointing to aboriginal
    peoples income disparities as compared to non. Or as someone living with no
    running water once said, the freedom of the slopbucket. Sorry we still have a
    long way to go.

  2. I finally came up in the library request queue for Malcolm Gladwells newest book "Outliers". The underlying premise of his work is that success and the deep-seated beliefs in our society about what creates it are incomplete. He quotes and illustrates the "Matthew Effect", which explains how talent and ability and hard work can still leave individuals "unsuccessful" by the measures of the times. What appears to be the predominant predictor is being lucky: in the right place, in the right time and having the benefit of luck, some of which is embedded in our society and some of which is sheer serendipity. It's a very engaging and interesting read. And I wonder if we will ever overcome the strictures in our collective thinking about what makes a human important, successful, and valuable.

    "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath."