...and the rest is silence.
It's the end of October, less than a week from Halloween. It's a kids' holiday these days and I don't think many of us stop to think what this day was - All Hallows' E'en - and that it's followed by All Saints' Day. Here is what the World Engl... Read more
The first true fall storm has hit us late yesterday evening and continues to blow through today. This is the time year when it becomes clear beyond any shred of doubt that we do in fact live on the coast and are subject to coastal weather. Yes... Read more
A visit from an old imaginary friend
I have a habit of re-reading certain books over and over. Some of them I re-read seasonally - the Horatio Hornblower novels are a late fall/early winter fare, while E.F. Benson and P.G. Wodehouse are more of a spring/summer cocktail- some I rea... Read more
Let go, believe, listen, find joy
It has been a long and hard ten days in my world. It was a perfect storm of things I find difficult to do, tasks that I am not inspired to get done and having to take a break from the things I normally find invigorating and vital to my physical... Read more
Girls of Iron or why having daughters is good for me
I have two daughters, the taller one who just started third grade and a shorter one who entered first grade. They are very different from each other and in many ways different from the way I am. Hazel, the eight and a half year old, is tall an... Read more
As the man said "You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running"
It has been a busy weekend in our family. My fantastic friends have worked with my husband to arrange a weekend away for the two of us. As a result, we were able to take a short trip to Fidalgo, just a couple of hours northwest of Seattle, the... Read more
How running has changed me or how I have changed because I run
On the surface, it seems like the same thing, doesn't it? But it isn't - not at all.
Running has changed me over the past year. It has had a profound effect on my fitness, on my endurance, on the muscle mass that now resides in my legs,... Read more
Do you have change for 150 miles?
I track my miles and times consistently - well, make that religiously... It's one of the first things I do, after stretching, after a run. Often still in my sweaty, stinky running gear, I get the ol' laptop out and log in the stats. I am not ... Read more
Running Fairies strike again!
A few day ago I wrote a post about the surprise gift I received from my "running fairies" - a registration for a race I thought I would have to skip because I could not afford it. Well, apparently that was just the beginning! Yesterday, I came... Read more
Running shoes and Haruki Murakami
I both love and loath it when the time to shop for the next pair of running sneaks rolls around. I love doing the research and reading reviews and looking at all the available choices and all the places you can get them online and in stores, et... Read more
Running fairies visitation or why my friends are the BEST
In my last post, I talked about how I wish I had more money for race registration fees and how I don't run some of the races I would like to because I can't afford them. Well, overnight, I have become a believer in running fairies.
I was a... Read more
Confessions of a chronic non-vacationer
I have a bad, bad habit and I am not sure how to break it. I hardly ever take time off and have the hardest time scheduling vacations. It's not that I don't get vacation time at my job - I do and, since I don't use it much, I tend to have a ni... Read more
How did we get here anyway?
I find that I like reading other people's stories about their own journeys towards health and a life more whole and their own. Sometimes, I am awed and amazed by them, sometimes, I am humbled and reminded (once more) to be grateful and to appre... Read more
On the value and challenge of not using one's words
Mum = Gold
when there is no need
and no one will hear
or care to know
what's in your head
or in your heart.
Let the words
dissolve on your tongue
without the bitter
w... Read more
Adding seconds to get minutes, minutes to get hours, hours to get days...
Today I received an email (semi-personal, the kind that goes out to one's whole work team) from my sweet boss, informing us of a death in our community. It was not an unexpected, sudden death, in as much as one can even expect it, but a passing... Read more