Good | Bad | Rad #37

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Cathedral Park, St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Oregon by Shannon WilkinsonYoga. I joined a gym this week, and boy was it perfect timing. Turns out yoga was the perfect antidote to the events of Monday — I went three times during the week. It felt a little strange joining a gym when the weather’s just starting to get nice, but I really want it for the classes (Yoga! Zumba! Spinning!) and also the treadmill for some of my interval runs. It doesn’t mean I’ll spend less time outside, but rather that I’ll have more ways to be active, in addition to the running, riding and hiking that I’m already doing. Plus, I joined with a friend, so we’ll be encouraging each other, and getting to hang out more.

Starting to Celebrate. Next month marks the 2nd anniversary of my monthly Explore & Play calls. It’s been great fun reading the congratulatory notes and ideas for next month’s peoples’ choice topic. If there’s something you’d like me to cover on next month’s call, let me know!

The Bad

Boston Bombings. I remain stunned by this act of terrorism. While it was awe-inspiring how people stepped up, stepped in to help, how so often it takes a tragedy to shock us into caring deeply about one another. As Rachel Cole put it on Facebook, “What if our ‘hearts went out’ to each other every day and not just when a tragedy occurs?”

The Rad

My bridge. Well, you know, not really mine, but the one in my neighborhood. You might have noticed from my photos, I have a big crush on the St. Johns Bridge. During the dedication of the bridge in 1931, engineer David Steiman said “…It is the most beautiful bridge in the world we feel.” I’m with him on that.

But it’s not just about the beauty. There’s something about it’s soaring height, the backdrop of the river and Forest Park in one direction, and the town of St. Johns in the other. There’s extraordinary beauty in the support structure, so much that it resulted in a beautiful green space and named it Cathedral Park.St Johns Bridge at Sunset, Portland, Oregon by Shannon Wilkinson

It wasn’t until Monday evening, when I headed to the park after yoga, that I realized what a touchstone it has become for me. The pictures I take there often reflect my mood. Walking through the park has helped me sort out what I want to write here, work through business and personal issues, or just get out of my head and enjoy a fascinating mix of natural and manmade beauty.

And you?

What were the Good | Bad | Rad parts of your week? Share them here, in the comments, or on the Perception Studios Facebook page.

 

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