A Daily Walk With DietPower
Walking is the best exercise for weight loss. And the things you see!
The Danbury police parked a radar sign on Middle River Road today, where the speed limit is 25 and motorists commonly go 50. This car was doing 27—and the sign rightly said something about it.
I don't carry an electric sign, but in 16 years of walking this circuit I've signaled many a reckless driver. Sometimes I shout at them—"SLOW DOWN!" Sometimes I make hand motions or tilt my head into a mocking, "Well, aren't you cute?" expression.
It's not just my own safety that concerns me. Fourteen years ago, on this very road less than a quarter-mile from here, a man speeding home from work struck and killed a 12-year-old boy who darted out of a driveway on his bicycle. The child had just finished selling candy to a neighbor for a school fundraiser. As I pass the spot where the impact occurred (a white X painted on the road was mercifully paved over a couple of years ago), I am often haunted by the thought that the boy would now be a healthy young man, perhaps with a wife and children, had the housewife who bought the candy only taken a moment longer to find her purse or count her change. I also wonder about the driver of the car. In many ways, his tragedy is more profound than the child's.
As the sign says, wherever you're going, slow down. Please.
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
Monday, May 11: What Lilacs Are For
Sunday, May 10: Mama Butterfly
Saturday, May 9: Gone to Seed
Friday, May 8: A Pack of Boston Terriers
Thursday, May 7: Underground Passage
Wednesday, May 6: White Violet
Tuesday, May 5: Singing His Heart Out
Monday, May 4: Kenny's Secret
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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