Caveat: This is a post that comes from nowhere and really belongs nowhere but, for me, permeates everywhere. I love the show CBS Sunday Morning. I love the music. I love the pace. I love the art. I love the connection. I love the vignettes. Why? I don't know. But, today, I was reminded: When … Continue reading Re: Connect
"Ohana means family." Today, and every day, I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for my family related by blood. I'm thankful for my family related by running, related by the Hope Express, related by yoga and related by our humanity. I hope I adequately show them all how much they mean to me. What … Continue reading Thirty Days of Thankful… Day 3
Today marks 16 years since my dad and I last shared the same bit of earth. Usually, I spend the day moping around crying and thinking about everything he's missed and what it would have been like if he'd been there. On this stunning, fall Annapolis morning, I just can't do that. I won't do that. He hasn't … Continue reading Grateful…
Happy Monday Morning! Running, in one form or another, has brought so many amazing things to my life. 1. Health 2. Joy 3. Clarity 4. Peace This list could really go on and on and on. The thing most important: 5. Beautiful People Coaches who have been proud of me here on Earth as my … Continue reading Beautiful People
There is ONE thing to be thankful for today: All Veterans. Special mention to those in my family who have served: Mom, Dad, Pop, Grandpa Bob, Uncle Clarence, Sheri and countless others. Please take a few moments to visit http://www.theconcertforvalor.com to find ways to supports those who support us.
Today I am thankful for conversation. Sometimes it's the back-and-forth that volleys in my head on a run; imagining what my Dad would think about this or that. Sometimes it's really getting a chance to talk with someone about more than just the everyday surface-y stuff and getting to see a little of the nit … Continue reading TDT 2.0 Conversation
A number of years ago, to the day, I was sitting in the living room of the blonde brick house in Northern Kentucky where I'd lived from the age of ten until I went away to college. I was visiting with my mom and Brendon. (For brevity of the story, we'll say he's my nephew.) I … Continue reading Fifteen Years
I have a confession. The topic of this post was not conceived while pounding the pavement or traversing the trails. This post is included in a blog about running because I would not have been able to manage the crippling situations detailed in this post without the countless therapeutic miles spent putting one foot in … Continue reading Purpose
Do you remember that time we walked on the beach? We spent the whole day talking about life: the ups and downs. I told you all the things that made me stressed and worried. You said, "Life's like that." Remember how I told you about all the amazing things going on? Remember how you smiled? … Continue reading I went for a walk with my Dad…
Maybe I'm asking too much. The answer to that is this: you ask for what you need, when you need it, so "too much is relative." Perhaps I come from a position unknown to many. There are two facets to answer this. Since the death rate of human beings is hovering right around one hundred … Continue reading Second Sunday in June
Thoughts on days like today can change your life: and they should. When someone dies, there are countless family, religious and cultural traditions that descend upon the community of those acquainted with the deceased. There are layouts, visitations, memorial services, funerals, burials and numerous other ways the general population is afforded the opportunity to bid … Continue reading Hope Express 2013 Recap
I'm thankful for this poem. I think of it almost every day. Coach Mayer read it to me one day after an extremely difficult practice. I was particularly hard on myself because I LIVED for cross country practice and did not understand why my body would not do what I wanted. At the time, we … Continue reading TDT: The Race
Today, I'm thankful for the Music. Not just any old music, but THE music. You know what I mean. The music that you can identify after hearing only a few notes. The music that makes your heart flutter; lulls you through the valleys of life; pushes you to the peaks and morphs you there whenever … Continue reading TDT: Music
Today is the Marine Corps Birthday and tomorrow is Veteran's day. With my family history, not days I'll ever forget. This year has been a bit different on the outside, but not in my heart. So Happy Birthday Marines everywhere. Semper Fi. And thank you Vets everywhere. With that, I leave you with this story: … Continue reading TDT: Memorial Day and Marine Corps Birthday
A dear friend told me that she loved when I posted things that really helped her learn about me. This piece may not be the best. It may ramble, it may be too long and it may mean nothing to most, but it means something to me because it is a part of me. October. … Continue reading October
Run? Why does anyone really do anything? Why does one start; persevere; endure? Try to become part of something bigger than yourself? Why did I start to run? Coach Mayer asked me to. On July 13, the summer before my seventh grade year, Coach Mayer called my house. He said, “The cross country team is … Continue reading Why do I?