A Daily Walk With DietPower
Walking is the best exercise for weight loss. And the things you see!
Walking up Kilian Drive today, I found a gorgeous garland of Bleeding Hearts next to a neighbor's shiny wet driveway.
I never see these oddball flowers (Dicentra spectabilis) without thinking of Kenneth Crosser, a high-school civics teacher and Boy Scout leader who lived next door when I was a child. Kenny (everyone, even kids, called him Kenny) had a remarkable talent for surprise. He looked beneath the surface of things. He knew secrets about animals, plants, rocks, fire, butterflies, Presidents, bicycles, planets—the universe.
"What do you see here?" Kenny asked me, plucking a Bleeding Heart from his garden one morning when I was six. "A flower?"
"Things are not always what they seem," he replied. "Hold out your hand."
As I stretched forth a grimy palm, Kenny began pulling the flower apart and laying the pieces side-by-side. "Here you have twin rabbits," he said, starting with the matching pink shells. "And here's a pair of slippers...three pairs of earrings...a baseball bat...and a ball!"
Over the many years since that day, I've shown Kenny's Secret to dozens of children, including my own. It never fails to delight.
I tried it again today when I got home from my walk. If you look at the pieces below, you'll see that Kenny was absolutely right.
About this page: Precisely at noon each day, I step out of my office for a 3.5-mile walk around my Connecticut neighborhood. I carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TX5 pocket camera with a Leica 10x optical zoom lens. My object is to make an interesting photograph of at least one thing that is different that day. I post the results here, hoping they will inspire you and your friends to walk, too. —Terry Dunkle, DietPower founder and CEO.
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All My Yesterdays
Sunday, May 3: Monument to an Afternoon
Saturday, May 2: Gasoline Rainbow
Friday, May 1: The Duck and the Bashful Maiden
Thursday, April 30: A Poison Ivy Sandwich
Wednesday, April 29: The Very Picture of Spring
Tuesday, April 28: A Busy Bumblebee
Monday, April 27: Electric Pink
Sunday, April 26: Saturday Night Special
Saturday, April 25: An Old Oak Falls
Friday, April 24: How an Ant Sees a Daffodil
Thursday, April 23: The Nameless Brook
Wednesday, April 22: Weeding Time
Tuesday, April 21: Wet Apple Buds
Monday, April 20: Mr. Allen and the Crew Team
Sunday, April 19: Bloodroot II
Saturday, April 18: Green Jellybeans
Friday, April 17: Bloodroot
Thursday, April 16: Skunk Cabbage III
Wednesday, April 15: Find the Critter
Tuesday, April 14: Blessing of the Animals
Monday, April 13: The Crow Who Said "Wow!"
Sunday, April 12: A Quirky Church
Saturday, April 11: Self-Portrait in a Pothole
Friday, April 10: Easter flowers
Thursday, April 9: Dumb as a Squirrel
Wednesday, April 8: April Snow
Tuesday, April 7: Egg Trees, Connecticut Style
Monday, April 6: I Carry My Lunch
Sunday, April 5: A Tree in Spring
Saturday, April 4: Pigs with Drivers Licenses
Friday, April 3: Forsythia
Thursday, April 2: Skunk Cabbage II
Wednesday, April 1: Mystery of the Hanging Shoes
Tuesday, March 31: Downy Woodpecker
Monday, March 30: 300-Year-Old House
Sunday, March 29: The Broken Fence
Saturday, March 28: "You're Such a Delight"
Friday, March 27: Skunk Cabbage
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