Month: September 2013


I decided to head into the countryside on my favorite lollipop-shaped route for an unofficial half-marathon, training style.  It was by far my best run in months, not for time or distance, but for the sheer joy of it – for the strength and sturdiness of my legs, for my steady breathing, and for my spirit and self-esteem. I rounded the corner for home … Read More Unbound

Itch, Be Gone!

I’m the happiest person on the planet.  I cried on the way home from work tonight from sheer joy and relief and overwhelming gratefulness I feel for every good thing in my life.  In most things, I don’t think I have been given any more or better than anyone else, but being able to feel it is what makes it divine. There is one … Read More Itch, Be Gone!

Waiting for Superman

Daughtry – Waiting for Superman She’s watching the taxi driver, he pulls awayShe’s been locked up inside her apartment a hundred days She says, “Yeah, he’s still coming, just a little bit lateHe got stuck at the laundromat washing his cape”She’s just watching the clouds roll by and they spell her name like Lois LaneAnd she smiles, oh the way she smiles She’s talking … Read More Waiting for Superman

Laundry Time

Once you have something in your life that makes you crazy happy and comfortable, it’s really hard to let go of the thing, even for a short while.  It’s like your favorite sweats are in the clothes hamper – none of your other clothes come close to a reasonable substitution, and you won’t feel completely content until the sweats are clean, folded and ready … Read More Laundry Time

Fly Me to the Moon

The other night I dreamed of flying.  I believe I’ve dreamed it before; it felt so familiar.  It started with me jumping and realizing I could jump very, very high and didn’t feel the pull of gravity yanking me back to earth.  So I relaxed and jumped higher and higher until I was floating in the sky above the buildings around me.  I found … Read More Fly Me to the Moon

Ready, Freddy

Fall weather has arrived on the scene, and I, for one, am ready.  What I’m not ready for is the whooshing noise that takes me from Back-to-School night to New Year’s Day in the blink of an eye.  It happens every year. What I am ready for:  sweaters, football games, fireplaces, hot chili and sweatpants… and cuddling up inside of piles of warm blankets. … Read More Ready, Freddy

Cinderella Life

I’m excited to dream but too tired to sleep. Life is busy and wonderful and moving forward like a freight train.  My running schedule is in the back seat while other things take the stage, front and center.  And it’s a good life – a really, really, very good, extraordinary life. Yesterday’s workout with Coach felt deliciously comfortable as we hit our normal routine … Read More Cinderella Life


Nashville – Lyrics: Looking For a Place to Shine Looking For a Place to ShineWritten by: Angela Lauer and Natalie KimbySung by: Clare Bowen (Scarlett) I jumped in, looking to make a waveI was working what the good Lord gaveWell baby, here I goYou’ll be praying for land while I’m rocking the boatAnd I’m moving, come on and join in my paradeI’ve been waiting … Read More Shine

Story Time

She wore a simple pullover dress with a conservative neckline and a flared hem that fell a little above the knee.  It was an innocent choice, paired with sweet black platform stilettos and a flapper-style chain.  Underneath lay her not-so-innocent secret – the black and leopard print lacie thong and black bra that pushed her breasts up and together. The sexy lingerie is a … Read More Story Time

And the Walls Came Tumblin’ Down

The hair on the back of my neck is standing straight up, and I have goosebumps as I await the start of the Washington Redskins’ season opener.  The Monday night crowd sounds electric at FedEx field.   It was Chest Day at the gym, and one of the trainers came over to Coach while I was on the incline press machine with my 45’s … Read More And the Walls Came Tumblin’ Down

Adventure Run

I was still recovering Sunday morning from a late Friday night, and I almost talked myself out of running at all.  By the time I finally decided to hit the road, the temperature was well into the 80’s.  I didn’t want to wreck myself again and set myself up for another tough training week, so I decided to keep it slow and short – … Read More Adventure Run

Out to See

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. ~  William G.T. Shedd Sometimes we unwittingly become vulnerable.  Like getting caught in a thunderstorm with no cover, we suddenly realize we are in a potentially dangerous situation without any form of protection.  It sends a jolt of fear through the body and we scramble to return to a safe place. … Read More Out to See