Non Fiction Category

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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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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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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On the Approach of March 9

This week is going to (and already has started off as) a tough week of memories as we approach the first year anniversary of unspeakable tragedy. There are so many people who impressed me forever with their bravery and resilience. I will acknowledge them here, whether they ever hear it from me or not, I […]

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Paradise no longer

“I can’t bear it. But I do. And I think wildly about the headlines to come. Paradise Lost. Paradise is burning.” I can’t bear to look at it, but I look anyway. I can’t bear to feel it, but I feel it anyway. I can’t bear the thick grey smoke, the ashes of someone’s life, […]

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Reflection on Thousand Oaks

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps. How fricking ironic. A few days ago, a Marine veteran was in the news. Not for a heroic act. He was probably a hell of a good marine, trained on tactics, how to shoot, how to kill.  How to remain stone cold calm while snuffing out the lives of enemies, […]

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