Re-define My Impossible

February 2, 2012

Last Friday night I ran my first 5K. There is so much wrapped up in that short statement, the gist of which is: I did the impossible! im•pos•si•ble |im′päsəbəl| adjective not able to occur, exist, or be done When I registered for this run on October 27, 2011, there was NO WAY I could run [...]

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A list is not a plan

January 2, 2012

I am a list maker. For many reasons, I make lists, and I could do the obvious here, and make a list of reasons why I make lists, but I will skip that, as it is too obvious, and it is not really what I am talking about right now. What’s important is that the [...]

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Forty nine days. Day Eight

December 27, 2011

There are a few things on my mind these days. Quite a few things, actually. Of course at this time of year there is the implicit task of reviewing the year just past and planning ahead for the year to come. What have I accomplished in 2011, what has touched me? What shall I pursue [...]

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Forty nine days. Day one.

December 23, 2011

Travel day. Malo to Tonasket to Wenatchee to Leavenworth to Snohomish. The weather was perfect for a drive. Clear highways, sunny skies. A combination of winter colors and winter sunlight gave me so many beautiful sights and scenes along the drive. Even the most mundane things were gorgeous. I wish I’d had a camera better [...]

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Forty-nine days. Day four.

December 23, 2011

And on this morning I had the opportunity to run on a real track and time my mile. I came in at a pace of 11 minutes, and I feel pretty good about that. The minimum pace for the 5K in January is a 16-minute mile, so no worries about that. And even at my [...]

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Moonrise in Ferry County

December 11, 2011
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Why we are anti-bah-humbug

November 26, 2011

Dear Spencer, We have the rare good fortune of having a large, loving family. This is why you have so much excitement about Christmas. Our family has a collection of holiday traditions, many of them long-standing. Because the way we “do” Christmas is what you have always known, I suppose it is difficult to imagine [...]

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Alone.

November 25, 2011

  “How to Survive the Holidays” “Alone for the Holidays” “Tips for Singles for the Christmas Season”   Who writes these things, anyway? Psychologists? Suicide-prevention specialists? Grief counselors? I’m pretty sure that the authors of these dismal checklists do not spend these onerous winter days alone. I know they mean well. But really? “Call a [...]

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Aunt Lila’s Hacks for Life

November 16, 2011

Always leave interesting terms or questions in your search engine window. You never know who will see this or when–and how it will reflect on you. Might as well stack the deck in your favor. Or, amuse the viewer. Terms to avoid include ones such as: hemorrhoid cures, scabies, bad breath, cheap brake jobs, little [...]

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Fly like the wind, Bullseye

November 13, 2011

So, in a fit of spontaneity, I agreed to run a half-marathon with my niece, Olivia. Take note, that although I was quite the long-distance runner in high school, uh, I haven’t done much running for decades. I will ask you to also note, that I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and I don’t have [...]

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