Author: lizjansen

Watermelon as Soul Food—Connecting the Past and Present

by Liz Jansen As soon as I opened the notice for the Watermelon Social, I knew I’d have to find a way to go. Yesterday was the day. Watermelons, it turns out, are soul food. When Dad could no longer

Opening a Message in a Bottle — Or Parking Lot

by Liz Jansen He stood in the distance, against the curb behind his parked vintage motorcycle, beckoning, a helmet under his right arm. I noticed him from the middle of the parking lot, where I stood with my co-instructor, Mike.

Overcoming a 30 Day Yoga Challenge

by Liz Jansen I did it on a whim. In late May, the Lion’s Den Yoga Studio, where I practice, posted a 30-day yoga challenge: 30 days of yoga in June. They relaxed the start date so the challenge could

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Remembering A Father-Daughter Trip of a Lifetime

by Liz Jansen One year ago, Dad and I were preparing for the trip of a lifetime. For three years, I’d been on a quest, learning about my ancestors, and how their experiences had shaped me. As part of that

Getting Perspective Right Means Using the Right Lens

by Liz Jansen “Where are you riding to this year?” It’s a question I’m commonly asked, as people know I love long-distance motorcycle travel. It was especially relevant as I was at a Horizons Unlimited meeting, attended by people who

The Answer My Friend is Blowin in the Wind

by Liz Jansen “The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan Wind represents the element of air—our thoughts, ideas, and communication. It informs us, and often brings change with it. For a motorcycle rider, nothing matches

Gravel Roads, Grit, and Graceful Endings

by Liz Jansen Growth comes through tests and challenges, and motorcycle rides inherently come with lessons. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when gravel roads showed up on a recent trip. I love riding back roads in the Appalachians in

Honoring Yourself, Even in Retrospect

by Liz Jansen The last few months have been a time of intense editing and revisions on Crash Landing. The journey it relates has taken me back to who I am before the stories I heard about who I was.

The Guises and Risks of Excess Weight

by Liz Jansen Researchers tell us we tend to gain five to seven pounds on average over the winter. Understanding risk factors, improve our chances of emerging in spring without excess weight. Winter weight gain is programmed into our biology—we

Shout Out to My Incredible Grandmother on her Birthday

by Liz Jansen These days I’m ensconced in editing and revising Crash Landing, which explains my sporadic posts. In case you missed it, CL’s the story of how the experiences of our ancestors shape us. It includes a motorcycle crash