Gave Up the Gym, Hello Greenway!

I'm so much happier since I gave up the gym. Instead of a "should" hanging over my head, I now have a "want." Rather than an opportunity to feel bad for the fee we paid and the use I didn't make of the privilege, I get to see dogs and babies frolic on the grass. I notice the sparrows who have cleverly figured out that only human-sized motion makes the misty interactive sculpture go. On hot days, they lie in wait and when someone sets off the cool mist, they sweep in from the surrounding trees. Some wait right on the paving stones. The other day I got to show a couple of kids how it works and told them to watch for the sparrows. They were thrilled when the mist came on and couldn't believe it when, just as I'd predicted, the birds joined in the fun.

I get to see what the plantings are looking like. Now there's a new silvery green ensemble in a planter.

Another day the black-eyed Susans look like they might take over the Boston Fire Dept building across the Surface Artery. Gorgeous.

I'll stop and talk to Ed at Silk Road BBQ who offered a snack for my four-legged friend Tucker.

And the Farmer's Market!

I found Methley plums, gorgeous and practically bursting with juice, the perfect size for my little buddy Kieran's hand. A surprise in the knick of time for the sweetie who is adjusting to little sister Emma (less than one-week old.)

Today I realized that the Greenway and the Harbor walk are my gym. I couldn't be happier. As I rounded the Federal Courthouse this afternoon, watching the ships in the harbor, circumnavigating tourists with maps, I noticed a huge herring gull pop up from the harbor just feet in front of me. I stopped. What was that in his beak? A crab. Poor thing was gone in such an efficient number of maneuvers I couldn't navigate the iphone to camera before it was no more. The gull first decided if I was going to try to steal his crab. I looked him in the eye and said "go on, I'll wait right here." Snip, one claw gone. Snip, second, third gone in succession. Then the body was gone in a couple of strong pecks. Only when the soft parts were done, did the gull go back to pick up the claws he'd littered around. Amazing. Bad day for that crab, I guess.

Come on down to the waterfront, enjoy a chat with Ed and try his fantastic Silk Road BBQ. Say hi to the Greenway Gardeners, read a book, watch the kids play in the fountain. And if you see someone talking to a sparrow or a seagull, it's probably me, say hi!

Favorite spots


  • Dewey Square Market - Always something delicious to try, some fun discovery - This Thursday August 18 it's Salsa! Stop by Kimball Fruit Farm and say hi to Dan, ask him what's new!
  • Silk Road BBQ - Discover what old world "social networking" means. A chat, a nosh, a laugh. Good guys, great food. (You could win a trio of Silk Road BBQ sauces by commenting on August BBQ Bonanza posts. Tried Cervena yet? New Zealand Venison recipe courtesy of Chef Peter Pahk.)
  • Rose Kennedy Greenway - parks, events, places to sit quietly, places to eat, and there's free Wi-Fi so you can bring a little work outside on a nice day.
  • I love the immigrant stories near the Silk Road Yurt.
  • The fountain - you cannot watch the kids (big and small) run through it, squealing and laughing without laughing yourself