Sunday 11/19, Run #85: Midwood, Borough Park
Distance: 9.19 miles
Weather: mostly cloudy
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Unique Miles Today: 7.95
Total Unique Miles: 666.22
Percent of Brooklyn Run: 38.24
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Notes: I ran today because I didn't know what else to do. Late last night I received the news that my younger sister Tara had died. She was 36 and a Navy veteran, having served in a medical unit in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. She was also a kind and gentle person, who loved animals and drawing, and did her best to keep the lost art of letter-writing alive -- each year I could count on several cards and missives written in her unfailingly neat (though almost microscopic) handwriting. But she had also had been living with a debilitating mental illness for the last several years, and recently her condition seemed only to worsen. My parents and other siblings, as can be expected, are taking this pretty hard (especially my other sister Mel, who has been mentioned a few times in these posts over the months). I am not a religious person, but if there is indeed an afterlife, it's my hope that Tara is someplace where she has finally found the peace that she found so elusive here.
I apologize for the less-than-jovial tone today, and please forgive me if my posts over the next few days are short, perfunctory, or even nonexistent.
Apartment building on Bay Parkway
The colorful corner of 65th Street and Bay Parkway
9/11 memorial at tiny Dahill Triangle (where 23rd Ave, Dahill Road, and 59th meet)
Just your typical Reformed/Lutheran/Russian/Korean church (Avenue P)
Houses on E. 13th Street