Art of Running – Part XIX – Urban Dweller

“Every child is born an artist. The problems begin when they grow up.” – Picasso

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

I’m a native Philadelphian—hung out on street corners, grew up working the Delaware River waterfront, a passionate Eagles, Flyers, Sixers and Phillies fan. With age I developed a love of the outdoors–hiking, camping, trail running. For some reason I can’t get enough of mountains, and my travels have taken me to majestic peaks—the Rocky Mountains, the French Alps, the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.

When my kids moved out and began lives of their own, my wife and I moved to rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Now after five years of living in a beautiful rural setting by a lake where I run, cycle and play, I come to realize I am an urban dweller at heart. It’s in my work—the stories I write, the photos I shoot. So we’re off wandering again, this time back to our roots, back to the city. It is where our heart are (Disclaimer: so are the grandkids.) photo

The plaque at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program says it best, “It’s All About Community.” And in the end, “Placing Art Within the Heart of Wellness.”Dream

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About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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4 Responses to Art of Running – Part XIX – Urban Dweller

  1. On to your next life adventure. You will have great places to run in Philly – as you well know.

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      And I’m looking at a few properties near one of my favorite running trails this week. Thanks for the well wishes, Mary Lou, and join me for a run if you are ever in Philly. Be well.

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  2. LB says:

    Following the Grandkids, eh? Thank goodness they live closer to the urban places you enjoy!
    It’s not that far from Bucks County to the City though right? So you can still return when you like.
    I still remember your post about the Delaware Water Gap and plan to get there someday! Maybe I need to do a ride across PA … west to east. Hmmm ….

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    • Jim Brennan says:

      Let me know when you have a PA trip planned. Perhaps we can meet up and share a few stories. I used to ride the River Road in Bucks County the the Water Gap back in the day when I had my Harley, it’s a beautiful ride. Now I hike the Water Gap, beautiful both ways.

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