Category: Blog Posts

Take This Test and Shove It

(Originally published June 2011) I know I’m not going to be popular for saying this but I’ve got a grudge against JFK.  My Grandpa’s rolling in his grave right now since JFK was our first and only Catholic president and therefore was, in Grandpa’s eyes, perfect.  But JFK was also responsible for the unique grammar school torture known as the…

In the Woods

(Originally published December 2011) Today I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the day I fell in love with trail running. It was December 5th, 2009 and though I’d been running for about a year I’d never ventured onto the trails. I was deeply depressed because in a two week period I’d gone through an unexpected and extremely painful break-up and…

Nina & Me

(Originally published July 2011) Long before anyone had heard of “Marley and Me” there was Nina and me. Nina wasn’t even supposed to be my dog, not really. It was 2000 and My grandfather (who’d lived at my house his last few years) had just passed away. My dog Snuffy, always a social animal, was despondent. As his depression dragged…

Being 50 is Weird

I remember when I was a teenager and  30 seemed so old.  Now people who are 30 seem like kids to  me.  I turned 50 last December and I’m finding it all very weird. The 50s are particularly charged in our family.  My dad died at 55.  His sister died at 55.  I’ve had at least 4 cousins die in…