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From Saturday April 14th through the 18th, 2010 my Dad, son, nephew and I traveled up the West Branch of the Penobscot River and across the northern end of Chesuncook Lake in the Northern Maine Wilderness.  Through our journey we gained a better appreciation of Henry David Thoreau’s adventure of 1853.  While logging in the Northern Woods of Maine continues, the river that we paddled on remains mostly unchanged. 

You can imagine the sites and sounds that Thoreau experienced as he journeyed up this river.  We saw many moose, every day, stopping to feed and drink at the rivers edge.  We saw Eagles and Loons, ducks, geese, ospreys raven, fish, red squirrels and more that we could not identify…but it was the moose, lanky majestic in stature and serenity that captured our imaginations the most.

They are, as Thoreau called them: “God's own horses, poor, timid creatures”; but they are a stark reminder that we are guests in their wilderness; and that they’d continue to roam these woods long after we’ve returned to our creature comforts.

This annual trip is much more than just a canoe ride or camping experience: it is an opportunity to reconnect with nature and our family.  It’s also an opportunity to tell stories by the camp fire light.

Here we listen to the stories that give the lives of our friends and family meaning.

These are the moments that make those stories real…my son and nephew will always remember the story of my Dad’s Aunt Penn and her husband Alex, and now so will you: because it is in quiet places; without distractions: that we have deeper conversations and tell the stories that of the people we have known and loved.

The wilderness is beautiful on so many different levels: as a place to reconnect to our planet and more importantly each other.

If you’ve never visited the woods, lakes and rivers of the wilderness; you owe it to yourself to do so.  It’s not scary, it’s peaceful, it’s not boring, it’s insightful, it’s not dangerous although it can be extreme…but you’ll never learn to appreciate the universe we live in, and the people we care about until you can absent yourself from the modern world and follow in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau.

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Fdip241: Dr. George Sheehan and Growing

I am a disciple of Dr. George Sheehan, I’m not ashamed to tell you that, I’ve read and re-read everything the man has written…and I’ve come to know him in a comfortable, familiar way.

 

A man of science and medicine; a man filled with great passion for this sport and a devoted Roman Catholic…Dr. Sheehan and I have a lot in common; but while I yearn to be a writer and use this podcast as a creative outlet: I will never come close to the writer that he was…I will never approach the level of philosophical understanding of life, the universe and everything that he understood so well.  Dr. Sheehan was a great thinker…I’m merely a doofus.

 

But Dr. Sheehan was also human, and prone to human error, selfishness and sin.  He understood his weaknesses…he understood his imperfections and he didn’t live his life in wonder and celebration of those sad, dark and lonely attributes: but he did seek to understand himself and to understand how and why to love others.

 

Today, I’m going to read one of the final chapters of his book “Running and Being: The Total Experience”.  I’m doing so in the hopes that you might buy his book and read carefully what he wrote.  Profound, enlightening and brutally honest: this is the Dr. Sheehan that I’ve never met, but who over the past 11 going on 12 years of my running life I’ve come to know very well.

 

Show Links:

 

You can purchase the book “Running and Being – The Total Experience” by Dr. George Sheehan, at

 

http://amzn.com/0966631803

 

Or for $20 US (including shipping and handling) through http://www.georgesheehan.com

 

Send a check or money order payable to “The George Sheehan Foundation” to

 

George Sheehan Foundation 

P.O. Box 1831 

Red Bank, NJ 07704

 

 (732) 758-1611

 

http://www.nevernotrunning.com/

 

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

 

Free Audible Book download: www.audiblepodcast.com/phedi

 

The song “Grow” was by April Start http://www.myspace.com/aprilstartsmusic

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As it is with most things in life, taken in moderation: Caffeine can be good for you and improve you’re your health and your performance on race day. But too much of a good thing can lead to disaster.  In living our lives to the top we have to learn to savor, with small sips, those things which bring us pleasure and improve our health.

Show Links:

http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2440(07)00076-X/abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1478936/?page=1

http://worldwidefestivalofraces.com

http://hearzenrun.com

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 “The Java Jive” was by The Inksports (1940)

“Coffee Man” was by Calvin Owens http://topcatrecords.com

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