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Twice this morning, I found a better route (the first, significantly shorter, the second, avoiding a big hill and a busy intersection – two things that are important when you’re on a bicycle in the summertime in Durham, North Carolina). I was able to navigate around these obstacles because I’ve been in Durham so long.

I’m not sure how clearly it comes through in my writing, but I am a fairly moody person. It is not unusual for me to wake up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Maybe something didn’t go right yesterday. Maybe an important relationship is feeling a little strained. Maybe life isn’t working out as I expected. Whatever the cause, it can lead to mornings – and if I am not careful, the rest of the day – feeling let down. (Charlie Brown has always made perfect sense to me.)