Olympics Fever


I have Olympics Fever, but it has been years since I was infected. Growing up, we watched the Olympics as a family. My mom lifted the limits on how much TV we could take in. We found the countries in the atlas, memorized the flags, and watched in rapt attention at the athletic prowess of the competitors. The fever was contagious and particular in the novelty of only every four years for the Summer Games. The Winter Games, while beautiful with snow and ice, don’t really fill me with symptoms. After eight years of missing them, I tune into the … Continue reading Olympics Fever

A quote from Kristin Armstrong


  “What is the best part about being 40? . . . You get to say the things you used to think about but would never say.  Other times you choose to keep your mouth shut because it just doesn’t bother you anymore.  You aren’t afraid of having a preference or an opinion, no matter if anyone else agrees with you or not.  You do the things you used to talk about doing but never did.  You quit playing small.  You learn to forgive.  You learn the difference between when to let go and when to hold on tight.  You stop rushing.  … Continue reading A quote from Kristin Armstrong

Emerging In Eighty Days


“The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.”–Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days (1872) 80 days. Eighty days is also 1,920 hours, or 11 weeks and 3 days, or 115,200 minutes, or 6,912,000 seconds. It’s a good chunk of time, but without paying attention, 80 days fly by in a blur. There is something quite romantic to me about this time frame, maybe because of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days. With constant connection and airplanes, it takes much less to get around the world than it did … Continue reading Emerging In Eighty Days

Inspiration, Motivation, Perspiration


Three months ago, I was in the midst of a “normal” emergence into spring. Spring always makes me think of new birth and new beginnings, but I was continuing the spring like most of the vernal arrivals of previous years. In other words, same old, same old. Nothing new, while something deep inside of me was yearning for something completely different. Yearning and doing, though, are very different things. How does thought get into action? How does a long dreamed for desire finally become the impetus for action, the “spiritual kick in the butt”? From my mid-twenties into my mid-thirties … Continue reading Inspiration, Motivation, Perspiration

A Resolution Run


On New Year’s Eve, on the mostly empty campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, a few runners and public radio supporters get together for the Resolution Run 5K, a fundraiser for the independent and local public radio station KRFC. Over the last decade, I have participated in this race five or six times and it just might be one of my favorite traditions ever. It’s small, low-key, and even in the midst of winter, it has grassroots. The race is scheduled early in the evening, so those that need to get their party on to ring in the … Continue reading A Resolution Run

Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013


Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2013! Set your timers for September 29th! At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making WordPress.com and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness. Automatticians running a 5k in 2012 We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 120 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day!… Continue reading Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013

Fire and Ice


In this case, fire is my face after running, and my lungs burning while running. While not pretty, it’s an exhilarating feeling. Ice in this case, is ice cream, in particular a batch of homemade ice cream that I made on Saturday morning. A summer tradition and treat. Early this Sunday morning, my alarm went off at 5:30. I had good intentions to get up early to run and then go on about a busy, productive day, which included cleaning, writing, rearranging my room, and wrapping up some work stuff. The night felt too short, the alarm felt too soon, … Continue reading Fire and Ice