Sun 4/12/09

A Daily Walk With DietPower

Walking is the best exercise for weight loss. And the things you see!


Today being Easter, I stopped to photograph the only house of worship on my walking circuit: the King Street United Church of Christ. My family became members when we moved to the neighborhood in 1994, and my wife, Mary, and I both sing in the choir. The congregation dates to 1830, when local farmers banded together to form what was then called the Christian Church.

During the 1890s, soon after the current building was erected, its five-pointed steeple blew off in a whirlwind and stuck point-down in the cemetery. (I'd give anything for a snapshot of this zany afternath, but the Brownie box camera didn't appear until February 1900.) The church remained pointless for nearly a century, until 1989 when a replica of the original steeple replaced the old. You can read more of the church's history by clicking here.

I used to find the utility pole in the side yard a shameful blemish. I don't know the story behind it, but I've always imagined that someone at Connecticut Light & Power placed it there out of personal enmity, or perhaps just wanton esthetic insensitivity. Over the years, however, I've come to see the pole as another lovable quirk, like the church's bell and steeple.

Download DietPower and lose poundsAbout this page: Precisely at noon each day, I step out of my office for a 3.5-mile walk around my Connecticut neighborhood. I carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TX5 pocket camera with a Leica 10x optical zoom lens. My object is to make an interesting photograph of at least one thing that is different that day. I post the results here, hoping they will inspire you and your friends to walk, too.  Terry Dunkle, DietPower founder and CEO.

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All My Yesterdays

Saturday, April 11: Self-Portrait in a Pothole

Friday, April 10: Easter flowers

Thursday, April 9: Dumb as a Squirrel

Wednesday, April 8: April Snow

Tuesday, April 7: Egg Trees, Connecticut Style

Monday, April 6: I Carry My Lunch

Sunday, April 5: A Tree in Spring

Saturday, April 4: Pigs with Drivers Licenses

Friday, April 3: Forsythia

Thursday, April 2: Skunk Cabbage II

Wednesday, April 1: Mystery of the Hanging Shoes

Tuesday, March 31: Downy Woodpecker

Monday, March 30: 300-Year-Old House

Sunday, March 29: The Broken Fence

Saturday, March 28: "You're Such a Delight"

Friday, March 27: Skunk Cabbage

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