Today is the first day of the Million Mile Month, in which all those who are signed up for the event on the https://events.healthcode.org, begin their challenge. This is the fifth year for the event, and it is the fourth year this pedometer geek will have participated. (This is based on the number of t-shirts I now own, but I digress.) This year I have challenged myself to walk one hundred miles. Now, to do it as I came up short last year.
The organization, that encourages donations, are always looking for more participants and it doesn’t just have to be walking or running. Other events like swimming, gardening, biking, yoga, and others can be used for this challenge. More than anything else, the idea is to participate in healthy activities, and their charity promotes this.
I hope you will join me and the thousands of others who will walk, run, bicycle, swim their way to the goal of a million miles during April.
BP: On another subject, March was a particularly good month for those haiku of mine which were selected for publication. I had at least nine haiku/senryu published in various journals: Stardust Haiku, World Haiku Association, Haiku Window on the Haiku Foundation. I also had some haiku chosen for publication in the near future (and three of them can be found on April’s Failed Haiku). On the other hand, I had my share of rejection, but the scale is tipping in the favor of acceptance. Thanks to those editors who found something in my haiku and chose them. It keeps this poet trying to make sense of the world through the written word especially now that it is National Poetry Month.
From those selected, here is one of them.
the woods fill
Stardust Haiku, March 2018
Wonderful on the health and haiku counts both! I had another haiku published in the subscribers magazine – I’ll send that to you – maybe on a post card. I also was posted on ‘pure haiku’ blog in the Ocean theme last month. I have fun with my prompts – but I guess I don’t count them as submissions to be accepted.
I came in forth in a minimum 5,000 step challenge through my hubby’s health program. A total of 505,000+ steps (average of 16,275 per day). About 6.60 +/- miles a day. I get some spendable Amazon points for that. But then everyone who did their minimum of 5,000 steps gets the same points.
I don’t join much online causes… but I’ll keep you company on this journey – since it was your first mention of the program that got me stepping out in the first place.
I sent you a PC while in NY…
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Wow, Jules….impressive! If I make 10K+ (about 4.25 miles) a day, I am happy. I am over the moon if I hit 15,000 steps (and that will happen more often once the weather gets nice again).
I figure most people won’t join the MMM, but if, like you, become more active it is a win-win for everyone. In fact, knowing you will be with me in spirit may give me even more incentive to complete my 100 milies.
I have to admit to trying to submit more haiku to various journals, but there are some that I will never submit my haiku to. I have a three rejection rule. If the journal rejects me once, maybe twice, I will try again, but thrice, like David Bowie says in his song, “Fame” ‘I’ll reject you first’ because they obviously don’t like my poems, and why waste my time and theirs.
I am in an online haiku group of Ohio haikuists and they are extremely good with constructive criticism and posting journals’ submission dates. Since it is a closed group, the haiku are not considered published and we can workshop them, giving feedback. It is through them that I have become willing to submit. I also have done a few kukai (blind haiku contest where each person votes for their choice of their favorite top three from the other people….no votes for one’s own poem), which helps me in writing mine. Sometimes I get no votes; sometimes I get a few points, and have even placed near the top in a few of them.
I received your post card yesterday; thank you. I plan on coloring it, too. Thanks so much.
In case I forgot, I hope you had a wonderful Passover. ~nan
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I wrote about that here:
pound the pavement
Just got back from none-traditional Easter Dinner at the In-laws.
Hope you have wonder-filled spring holidays. We are supposed to get 3 inches of snow starting at 3 am! This winter just doesn’t want to give up!
How exciting re: the publication news and what a gorgeous poem. Congratulations.
Also, I am so impressed by your walking. You are an inspiration!
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Thanks, EtM, for the compliment on my haiku. Every so often I have to do a BP (brag post) and March had an outstanding number of poems accepted. Most months, though, there are none. It is those rare acceptances that keep us writing, right? ~nan