The blistering orange sun burns through the smoky morning sky. I feel saddened for our Sonoma & Napa County neighbors and so many others across the country rebounding from ‘natural’ disasters. Even as I seek to green my lifestyle and politics, smoke from nearby fires envelopes the Bay Area where I live.
Russell and I needed a new website to articulate the teaching partnership we envisioned - skills to age vibrantly, relieve pain and prevent injury. We turned for help to a marketing professional, our son Amon Rappaport, a storyteller for organizations and purpose driven companies seeking to make the world a better place.
Our beloved Mt.Tam was held hostage by the murders of four women in 1979. We felt powerless to set her free until the day Anna and Larry invited us to mobilize our feelings and help heal the mountain, and ourselves.
Coincidences amaze me. I was moved to write this thank you note several days before a diagnosis of skin melanoma near my right ankle. The subsequent surgery and recovery demanded being off my feet for a few weeks and threatened a long anticipated vacation with my granddaughter.
Every four years the Olympians inspire us to greater heights and deeper depths of courage, resilience and commitment. Sprinting faster, leaping further, soaring higher, they break world records of time, space and force. They must bust through personal boundaries as well; injury, pain and fear. Collectively they raise the level of the sport, our spirit and the transformation of our species.