Late summer has been uncharacteristically busy. I’ve wanted to post to my blog – I love to post, it always feels great – but one thing has led to another, what can I say. Since my last entry an inexcusable 11 days ago, I have seen and experienced wonderful things. Most wonderful of all – my close friend of eleven years Kendall graduated!

The Graduate! What an accomplishment!

He has matured and overcome more in eleven years than I can even describe. Kendall has stuck by me through thick and thin, and remained a loyal and steadfast friend through more difficult experiences than I care to recall. He is generous with his many gifts, and taught me things I never learned in college or graduate school. What a privilege.

We’re also all still working through the loss of Max which, as you may imagine, comes and goes. I still feel Roux is having the most difficult time. She’s doing fine, but she’s obviously out of balance. Obvious to me, anyway. I think a new  dog will find its way to us soon. We’re keeping our eyes open.

I see lots of beautiful things, and enjoy them all. I haven’t gotten as many pictures as I like and few with my “good” camera, i.e. my camera that does not also double as a telephone and an internet browser. But I’ve been privileged to see beautiful sights when I only had my phone, and I’ll put them here too. It does well when the light is good. A week ago today this was the sunrise:

I am amazed every time. Like the river, the sky is always different and always perfect.

After the river this morning I squeezed in a quick ride. I was riding for about 1.5 hours and when I’m riding I don’t care to stop. I like to keep the pedals turning and stopping is rare for me. Equally rare is a beautiful field of sunflowers; in my decades of riding I’ve never seen one before. This merited a break from my no-stopping rule:


I got back to the car an hour or so later and took my helmet off. Inside, to my great delight, was this lovely moth. With a color faintly reminiscent of sunflowers; perhaps she (or he) hitched a ride back at the field. Possibly searching for greener pastures, if you will. The black is the inside of my helmet, the red is the padding, the blue is the hood of my car. You just never know what you’re going to see.

Isn't she lovely?

Anyway, that’s it for the moment. I have two more runs this week and one more ride then my first recovery week! Yay! Sunday is the last day of Week 3; then it’s 10 weeks until Beach2Battleship.

Have a great day,

Jay and friends

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to Wonderful!

  1. Evelyn says:

    An exciting week for sure. That moth knew what it was doing hitching a ride with you! Great photos – forward movement seems the theme. Thanks for being such a good sharer.

    • It’s always great to have a friendly moth along for the ride. Especially a sunflower-colored moth on a sunny day. Thanks for being such a good sharer too! Have a great day,


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