Tomorrow will be 18 years since I last got to see my Dad. He died on October 30, 1999 after a grueling battle with glioblastoma. The same thing stole his dad when I was 10. Yesterday, I watched as genius doctors, heroic children, and courageous families gathered together to celebrate successes, honor losses, and write … Continue reading Write a better story…
Today, I'm thankful for this amazing collection of friends, family, and acquaintances who give my life meaning. These are just a few of the individuals who have taught me so much about myself, the world, and how to treat others. (I've also noted that there are some people I don't have any photos of... not … Continue reading Thirty Days of Thankful 11.2.16
"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
Running brings a lot of good to the world. If you're reading this, you've likely read or know about my time with THON, the Hope Express and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Today, I'm trying to make Good Friday good by asking your help for a friend who is always helping others. No matter what your faith, … Continue reading Make Good Friday good, no matter what your faith.
Today I am thankful for that time in any endeavor when everyone involved is ALL IN. They are completely invested. It can be a new race training plan, a new business or a tug-o-war contest. It's this wonderful glittery time where everyone is blasting full speed ahead with all their mind, heart, and might. What … Continue reading TDT 2.0 Moralers
Alrighty... Here goes Thirty Days of Thankfulness 2.0: Today, I'm thankful for all the people I spent the day with in New Cumberland, PA working to plan the charity running event: The Hope Express. www.thehopeexpress.org Brian, Hank, Connie, Jodie, Matt, Carolyn, Sarah, Bobby and Isabella helped make a wonderful day. I can't thank everyone enough … Continue reading Thirty Days of Thankfulness (TDT 2.0) Hope Express
For my HE family... The last few days have changed my life, Just like they always do, And sitting here worn out tonight, I wonder, "Who else, too?" In the parking lot with old family and new, I donned the green and brown, HOPING the words I had to say, Would really sink, deep down. … Continue reading Hope Express Recap 2014
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
Caveat: This post is especially for Hope Express runners, past and present: Yet again, Hank has beckoned me to duty. My story, “start to finish,” about my experience with the Hope Express. I asked someone dear to me, what he thought that meant. He said, "What inspired you?" Herein lies my feeble attempt to answer … Continue reading Hope Express Story: Cast Your Stone
During my run this morning, my mind raced with the memories of three years ago today. Indulge me, if you will. Three years ago this morning, I woke up bright and early to embark upon a journey. At the time I knew two things: where I was going and how I was getting there. I … Continue reading Runner’s Weekend 2013
"Sometimes it's better to put love into hugs than to put it into words." ~Author Unknown Today, I'm thankful for hugs. There’s just something about a hug that can make time change; well, vanish really. It’s a special thing when you are blessed with a hug like this. I hope everyone knows what I’m talking … Continue reading TDT: Hugs
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
I’m thankful for reading. "So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? " Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail When I read something prior to running, it floats around my brain and new ideas are jolted loose with each pounding step. The thoughts … Continue reading TDT: Reading
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?