An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. Do you think Newton suspected I was being a lazy ass in the former? I've spent the better part of a year letting multiple sclerosis dictate what I could and couldn't do. Well, more like did and didn't, because it… Continue reading Use it or lose it
It's in the books. And thanks to my support network, Team Word Herders raised $640, surpassing the goal I set for us and putting us 16th in the top fundraisers. I had an awesome group of people with me for the walk - Nick, Crystal, Shannon, Beth, all of them I've known since college. And… Continue reading MS Walk 2011
Today is the Little Rock Marathon, an event that has drawn elite athletes and weekend runners and ... me. At least for the 5K. What can I say, I like wearing medals like I'm Mr. T. I've never much been into running as my calorie-burning activity of choice. I enjoy the scenery and the commune… Continue reading Born to run?
“Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? Well, think about it. Maybe you’re playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.” — John Steinbeck, East of Eden The streamers are coming down, the balloons have all been popped. And I'm nursing a sugar… Continue reading Enough
It's official. Team Word Herders is now registered for the MS Walk in Little Rock on April 9. Three cheers for that! (And a big thanks to Kristin for the suggestion. She's so rad.) While I'm not entirely comfortable with asking people other than my dad for money, I'm going to try anyways. Because when… Continue reading We’re walking, yes indeed
Everyone could use a good dose of inspiration now and again. I find it in nature, in words, in music (but not Words & Music), in other people overcoming challenges large and small to make an impact in their little corner of the world. And now, I find inspiration in a certain former daytime TV… Continue reading Heroes, or how I came to like Montel Williams
The next time someone says to take a deep breath and relax, they have the weight of scientific evidence behind them. (Read the NPR article here.) While engaging in deep, slow breathing won't exactly cure anything, it can stop those pesky stress hormones from taking over. And everyone knows that stress makes everything worse. I… Continue reading Deep breaths
Looks like I'll be dusting off my mat and limbering up to align my chakras — after reading this article in the Los Angeles Times, I think I'll be giving yoga a try. That's because I haven't found an exercise or activity that has helped me cope with the physical ravaging and mental draining that… Continue reading Namaste
A sherpa I am not, apparently. While I can't claim mountain climbing as a skill of mine, I honestly thought that a recent mid-morning hike up Pinnacle Mountain would be a breeze. Wow, was I wrong. Last time I scaled the mini-peak, I was in my prime, physically speaking. I remember the 20-year-old me scrambling… Continue reading Mountain high
It's happening. My clothes are fitting a bit looser (which has led to some very slapdash modifications at work recently). Even my shoes aren't as snug. I'm not just firming up - I'm losing poundage. Nineteen to be exact. A whole size. And people are noticing and commenting. Along the lines of "Hey, baggy drawers,… Continue reading Down she goes!