running trail

On pain and steep learning curves

As you start this week, may you learn to appreciate the purpose behind your pain. I know that’s what I’m learning right now. I recently started running again after a year hiatus, when I tore my ACL and needed complete reconstructive surgery (it was a doozy). Most of last spring I was in regular physical (read more…)

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afterexercise

Livin’ on a prayer at the YMCA

The bass is pounding. Beads of sweat are running down my arms, and I screw up my face in a herculean effort as I lift the bar once more. There are only four kilos of weight on each end, but it feels like a million. My legs are trembling and my muscles are screaming in (read more…)

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flight

Courage to change (which sometimes means going to rehab)

I grip my boarding pass tightly and stare at the bar-code as if I can somehow decipher the meaning behind the lines, trace the trajectory that led me here—trembling in an airport, waiting to board my plane to a Northern California treatment center. I’m going to rehab because it’s been a decade since I left (read more…)

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Tree from the ground, looking up.

How is your other half?

In our backyard stands a beautiful tree. A liquid ambar that is at least 20 meters tall. She makes a heap of colorful mess for three months of the year, but bathes the back deck in gorgeous, dappled shade for seven more. So we forgive her. Not long before we moved here, the previous owner (read more…)

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dandelion

Expectations that were never yours to meet

As you start this week, may you know yourself well enough to be at peace when the naysayers come. May you rest easy when people claim you different than what they thought you to be, or when you didn’t provide what was expected because, well—what they expected was never yours to give. Last week I (read more…)

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