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Living by the Numbers / Fighting Time

I’m someone who likes to track numbers. Calendar dates, meeting duration, time running, distance. Weight. Number of hours fasting. Or feasting. I’m always looking at goals and percentages too. 60% there. 70%. 80%… If the scale says I’m up by 7 pounds overnight (and it has, I assure you), it can ruin my day and […]

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First World Runner Problems

Hat

When I started this morning’s run, I realized, oh crap, I left my hat in the house!  I usually wear a cheap baseball cap, one I picked up a couple of years ago at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I wear it to keep the sun out of my eyes. I realized, as the sun […]

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Receiving Support from Others is a Gift

Sometimes people support us when we least expect it.

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Unusual Gifts

Observations from the road.

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Wisdom from Miss Marple

I often have vivid dreams. This morning’s was so profound, I’m still thinking about it. It was about friendship, how some people can be fake–you think they are “for you” but they are secretly cheering when you are down or hurt. Two people were having a conversation with me in my dream and they revealed […]

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Running and Me

Last year I decided to follow up on a long term goal. I wanted to fully run or jog a 5K. This may not seem like much, but I set the goal when I was 130 pounds OVER a healthy weight. And I had stopped running.  When I left the military in 1992, running became […]

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Gifting Stones

I’m not very good at receiving gifts. I recall when I was a teen, I much preferred giving gifts than receiving them. I suppose I took the quote “’tis better to give than to receive” more seriously. Or perhaps I didn’t feel worthy of receiving. I remember there were times I’d criticize the gift itself […]

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Plated

Reflections on a Russian idiom during the 2020 Pandemic.

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Unneighborly Pandemic Thoughts

It’s getting hot. That’s not unusual for Sacramento at this time of year. But a pandemic, a stay at home order, and the closing of all public and municipal swimming pools is. With the extension of a county stay at home order until May 22, and an expected “no beach” order to hit on May […]

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About Masks

The other day I had to go into the office building from my safe shelter, so I strapped the homemade, home sewn mask over my face. Babushka sewed it for me, so of course it has flowers and is a bit girly.  I would actually have preferred something bright red and angry looking or maybe […]

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