We’re not necessarily anti-commerce, but we have our limits, and the hype surrounding “Black Friday” has definitely pushed us to that limit. As our quiet little protest against the hysteria, we’re going to officially make the Friday after Thanksgiving our own personal “Green Friday”. The day will involve a quiet breakfast at home, followed by a long, slow, bike ride away from the main roads, maybe a picnic with leftovers, and a movie or two in the late afternoon. What the day most definitely will not involve is a car and a lot of hustle-and-bustle.
I took this photo of my brother-in-law and his fiance in Amsterdam this summer. I just love that cycling is the preferred form of transportation in this unique city. My husband and I rented a tandem dutch-style bike for the day and had a blast riding through the narrow streets.
Danielle Ashley Photography
It was the beginning of summer. An hour earlier she had walked across a stage to receive a diploma, the capstone on two years of graduate study. He had started to notice her around campus during that last year, and was glad when they started hanging out. Now, he was taking her down town to their first dinner with her family. Sunshine and opportunity seemed endless.