Gaining a Different Perspective

I have the Devo song, “Whip It” stuck in my head right now but I would change one word; “When a problem comes along, you must flip it. When something’s going wrong, you must flip it.”flip

A while back I wrote Running at 50+. I had become very discouraged about a running program that I had started. Although I had been running my Couch to 5K (C25K) intervals faithfully for almost two months, I didn’t feel that I was getting any stronger. In fact, it seemed that I was going backwards (figuratively, not literally; that would have caused more problems than being winded). After some research, I discovered that I my running pace was too fast for my fitness level.

I am happy to share that the solution, slowing down my running pace, worked! Continue reading

Curing Labor Pain Anxiety

stages-of-pregnancy_262618-700xOver 25 years ago, my younger sister and I were both pregnant at the same time. She was young, it was her first child, and she was beginning to worry about labor. She made the mistake wise choice of coming to me with her fears. Having been through it once already, I felt qualified to respond to her concern.

Being the honest person that I am, I did not intend to mislead her. So I smiled, put my arm around her shoulder and said, “It hurts like hell.” Continue reading

What to do When You’re Stumped With Writer’s Block

I am stumped as to what to write about today, or as many writers would call it, I am inflicted with writer’s block. However, I took on this NaBloPoMo Challenge and I want to see it through to the end. So I decided to do some research on writer’s block and share what I found here.

I would like to give credit for this great piece of art but I could not find out who the original artist was. If you know who drew this please let me know.

I would like to give credit for this great piece of art, but I could not find out who the original artist was. If you know who drew this, please let me know.

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Kathrine Switzer, Athlete Activist

Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer

In the world of runners, particularly female runners, Kathrine Switzer is a legend. On her website, Switzer is billed as an author, activist, and athlete; but these adjectives only begin to tell the story of this phenomenal woman. Continue reading

Whispers From the Past

Isn’t it interesting, how long lost memories seem to bubble up from somewhere in the subconscious sometimes. Perhaps it was triggered by an approaching high school reunion, that memories, not of high school, but of my experience in the military surfaced.

It has been nearly 40 years (holy crap! Am I THAT old?) since I was in the US Air Force. Fresh out of high school, with no marketable skills, absolutely no inclination to attend college, and hell bent on avoiding being someone’s wife, the military seemed like the answer to a prayer. Travel, discipline, free room and board, valuable training; it was a no-brainer for me.

I made it through basic training thanks to the advise of my wonderful recruiter, “There is going to be yelling, but they won’t be yelling at you personally. They will be yelling at your performance.” Continue reading

5 Positive Ways to Develop a Daily Writing Habit

For a writer, writing daily is an important habit that is endorsed by a multitude of writing professionals:

“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits…You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or it dries up and blows away. ~Flannery O’Connor Continue reading

Running at 50+

Last New Years Eve, I got a real eye opener about the state of my health. I was partying with my wonderful LNO friends, a song came on that was line-dance worthy, and we were all just lubricated enough with drink that we started doing the Electric Slide. By the middle of the song I had sweat dripping down my face, my muscles were starting to ache, and I was breathing as if I had been running! Dancing had always been my thing! When the hell did I get so out of shape that I couldn’t dance my way through a song? Continue reading


Why yes, that is me!

Why yes, that is me!

Pickpocketing:  a form of larceny that involves the stealing of money or other valuables from the person of a victim without their noticing the theft at the time. It requires considerable dexterity and a knack for misdirection.

I’m not sure that my experience technically qualifies as “pickpocketing” since I wasn’t wearing my purse at the time but the misdirection part was definitely there.

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The Next Phase of Friendship

From The Princess Bride: “Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togeva today. Mawwage, that bwessed arrangement; that dweam wivin a dweam.”princess_bride_movie

Funny movie! One that my kids could probably recite word for word because they watched it so many times when they were young. But this post isn’t about the movie. Continue reading