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Hi there,
As a white male recently married to a black woman, this past last week has been a whirlwind.

How do I provide comfort? What do I say? What do I do? I'm trying to learn and understand.

Last night, I was listening to a white friend similarly married to an amazing black woman as he described trying to explain the world to his four young children.

You could see the moments he was fighting back the tears as he recounted the experience. Then the realization, if my wife and I are blessed with children, we're going to experience that same harrowing moment.

As I admit to my gross ignorance, I want to share a few words my wife wrote earlier this week:

Imagine that you can’t wear your natural hair because you won’t be taken seriously in your career.
Imagine being followed around a department store with your mother like you’re a hardened criminal in need of surveillance.
Imagine being discounted in your intellectual abilities based solely on the color of your skin.
Imagine being scared to have a male child because you’re unsure if he will be harassed, attacked or killed for no reason other than his skin color.

This is my experience as a black woman in America. Being from an upper-middle-class family, my experience is nowhere near that of my fellow black Americans. All we ask is that you listen to our experience so you can understand what is truly going on in our country. Thank you.

Love you, Tiffany.
Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

@JackButcher, the creator @VisualizeValue recently tweeted the 10 ideas that changed his life.
Do It Now
One day, I want to communicate on this level. Do you have any other great visualizers to share?
GRVAT Update

I'm running, virtually across Tennessee in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000k (GRVAT). 634 miles (5 miles/day) between May 1 until August 31st.

I did some running on trails for the first time a long time Saturday. I loved running through the "green tunnel"... 
Green Tunnel
Until it dumped me into the sun for the next four miles.

Strangely, I found myself at a chapel next to a small pond in the woods. I enjoyed a moment of rest, said a short prayer, and then ran another mile before I was left death marching back to my car.
Chapel in the Woods
Fortunately, God said there would still be miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep.

Wed: 7.04
Thur: 0 (thunder-stormed out)
Fri: 4.09
Sat: 9.18 (trail running)
Sun: 10.75 (run with brother -- 166.2 miles for May) 
Mon: 3.01 (walked)
Tues: 0

Total Miles this Week: 34.07 miles
Cumulative Miles: 169.02 miles
+/- from Finishing Pace: +4.02

Quote of the Week

A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.
- Poet Yahia Lababidi (h/t James Clear)
Until next week, stay safe, sane, and intentional.

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