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Bike Riding Love

This is a bit of a personal indulgence. I wanted to share some of the enjoyment I get from my bike.

Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal columnist and avid bike rider wrote in his book Little Victories about his interview with Robin Williams, “Robin Williams was fanatical about cycling.You know when you’re talking to somebody at a party about their job and they give very autopilot answers, and then when you talk to them about something they really care about … they suddenly turn into the very exuberant 11 year-old who still lives inside? It was like that. Robin Williams began talking animatedly about bike riding and his bike collection … and his trips to the Tour de France. He sounded like a different person. His happiness poured into the phone.

“At the interview I asked Williams why he liked to ride his bike so much.

It’s the closest you can get to flying.

“That line hits me like a hammer whenever I am on the bike because I know it to be true. I mentioned it in a column after Williams died and was struck by how many people wrote back to me about how a bike had saved them in hard times. That’s exactly the way I feel, too, they said.”


I wrote these words in a post on National Bicycling Month on May 2 of this year, “I have tried to explain to myself first as well as others who asked, why I love to ride my bike. Until recently, the best I could come up with is that I feel like I am flying. Not soaring high, just flying along several feet above the bike path.” Interesting coincidence, huh?

That’s all the words, enjoy the pictures.


Look at their faces.





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R.I.P., Robin Williams

I have been a fan of Robin Williams since he exploded on the public consciousness with his antics as Mork, the alien from Ork in 1978. For more than three decades he never failed to bring me to outright laughter in his manic public appearances. His humor was so powerful that I often had tears running down my face and couldn’t catch my breath from laughing so violently. It is so tragically ironic that the battle with depression, of all things, cost him his life. I feel like I have lost a wonderful, funny, crazy friend.


I posted on depression just over a year ago – How Bad is Depression?. You can read the entire item by clicking the link.

Here are some highlights:

One of the first things you need to know about depression is that it is a disorder of cognition not just mood, according to Robert D. Edger, M.D. speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.

Depression is significantly more than feeling down or feeling sad.

Dr. Edger said that depression is the leading cause of disability in the world according to the World Health Organization. Women outnumber men by a factor of two-to-one. Only a quarter of the people who suffer from depression ever get treated. (Emphasis mine.)

The Mayo Clinic said, “More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply ‘snap out’ of. Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment.

WebMD wrote today, “One of the most urgent signs, which calls for immediate action, is talking about death or suicide.

“Other warning signs, according to Schneider, Krakower, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, may include:

“Talking about hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness
Feelings of being trapped, desperate, or anxious
Having persistent sadness or depression
Becoming more angry or irritable
Losing interest in life or loved ones
Having sleep problems
Contacting people and seeming to say goodbye”

Williams was only 63 years old, a young man by modern standards. Certainly, he could have counted on another decade or two if he hadn’t gotten derailed by the depression.

If any good can come from this tragic loss, perhaps it will be to awaken us to the dangers of depression and raise our level of consciousness on the subject. Maybe someone, or someone’s family, will address the problem instead of taking the easy way out and ignoring it. As funnyman Robin Williams has demonstrated, depression is no laughing matter.


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