Wordless Wednesday (Cade’s “11” Edition)

This past weekend, I ran with a superhero. The only feet touching the ground were mine, but I was not a “solo” runner.

I was running with 200+ of Cade’s friends.

The occasion was “Run the 11th Mile for Cade on Mother’s Day Weekend

A compilation of images from my run is below. I kept hoping for signs: “superheroes,” the number 11, things that would symbolize Cade, who passed away at the age of nine in 2010. As is often the case with life, I really didn’t find much until I was on my cooldown walk, when I stopped trying to force something to materialize:

Cade Collage

To learn more about Cade, visit his CaringBridge page here.

This event went from a “why don’t we?” idea on Facebook to what I am pretty sure is going to turn into a recurring event. If you’re interested, let the group know via the event page.

cade plaque

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Wordless Wednesday (Through The Trees Edition)


This weekend’s Instagram “Weekend Hashtag Project” honored the 141-year-old Arbor Day holiday, dedicated to planting and caring for trees. The goal was “to capture photographs through trees.” All of mine were taken in a 20-minute period while on a cooldown after a run Saturday.

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Pedrick Pond – Spanish Moss


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My favorite – a literal “through the trees” image!


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Capital City Christian Church

(Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.)

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Wordless Wednesday (Autism Awareness Day 2013 Edition)

April is Autism Awareness Month, and today (April 2) is World Autism Awareness Day.

I started off this morning watching the sun rise behind the Autism Speaks puzzle piece as I finished my Charity Miles run:

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And I ended the day at Florida’s Old Capitol, waiting for the sun to go down so the blue lighting could convey its message. As I waited with families, some affiliated with Parents In Action, who have children on the autism spectrum, I heard about Asperger’s, service dogs for children with wandering issues, 13 year olds who still have meltdowns and who are difficult to restrain because of their size, teachers who take the time to pore over children’s records in order to best educate them, and disabled vets who take on new roles as learning assistants for children with autism. I had barely scratched the surface before we had to part ways. In the midst of all those details, I heard love, the kind that every parent has for their child, the kind loaded with hopes, fears, and prayers. And as always I found families willing to educate me about their journeys with autism. As people come to work tomorrow morning in Tallahassee, I am happy they will see our Old Capitol all dressed up in blue. And I hope awareness and acceptance will have gained just a tiny bit more purchase on the stretched-thin agendas and hearts of our civic leaders and fellow Tallahasseeans.

blue old cap

 (I also really encourage you to read Diary Of A Mom’s post about today’s significance.)

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Wordless Wednesday (Veterans Village Edition)

Back in January, I wrote a post about the Tallahassee Veterans Village. In connection with that post, I asked you to pitch in and provide 21 bus passes for the residents of Veterans Village.

Through your generosity, I was able to present 22 passes to Veterans Village on

March 8:


22 7-day Star Metro Passes

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Veterans Village Director Shawn Noles After Being Presented With The Passes

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A Flag At The Village

Thank you to: Diane Kaji, Dr. Cyneetha Strong, Ron and Michelle Harrison, Debbie Smith, Noelle Mahone, Jennifer Harris, Lisa Cox, Chris Turner, and the anonymous donor who provided 7 passes. You have done a useful and appreciated thing.

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