I’m not sure about you, but my listening world these days is being taken over by podcasts. Like your favorite show on Netflix or HBO Go, podcasts about your favorite conversation topics are for your for your ears whenever you want and wherever you are. These are actually good for long road trips when you lose radio reception and you’re sick of your playlist. We often listen to music podcasts like Sound Opinions or All Songs Considered, on the way to the cabin.
So rather than a tune today, I’d like to tune you into a new local podcast about biking. I notice many of you bike to yoga so I assume there’s some interest in biking, from you, from bikers who live in the Twin Cities. Patrick Stephenson, co-founder of “#30DaysofBiking/ 30 Days of Biking”, co-hosts a new podcast called PEDAL HUB, with ”One on One Bike Studio" co-owner Gene Oberpriller, Amber Dallman, with "St. Paul Women on Bikes”. They talk about biking and bikers and why everyone should love biking. You may even hear a tip or two on a secret bike trail in or around town to try out.
While we still can, grab your bike and bike on over to yoga! We gather at 6:30 in our usual spot.
Click here and check out the Pedal Hub podcast streaming or find it on iTunes. Stay tuned while you’re on the Greenway, you just may spot one of the hosts.
I feel a little silly posting a fun tune today given the world is mourning the loss of Robin Williams and reflecting on his suicide and his inner struggles. I believe we all know someone or people who struggle with depression. My world has not been immune from experiencing or helping someone through depression. All I think of to say right now, is that it’s helpful to just extend a listening ear or an offer to do something with someone who you may think is experiencing depression or loneliness or just a tough time. I’m not an expert and won’t pretend to give professional advice, but I extend my empathy to those who struggle.
I’ll share a quick personal anecdote of just how simple outreach can help. One time I was feeling really low as I was in the midst of a job search, and three girlfriends sent me flowers out of the blue. It really made my day and made me realize that there is and always will be someone you can lean on. Sometimes a person just needs a reminder of that. It doesn’t have to be flowers. It can simply be a call or email to just say “hello, how are you? You want to talk?” If they do great, and just listen. If they don’t, maybe just offer up going for coffee or a movie, simple companionship.
From one of his great comedic moments form the movie, The Bird Cage, I leave you with this tune and sequence, “We are Family”.