Category Archives: writing

People, Portraits and Prizes

People, Portraits and Prizes

PRIZES?  Yes! Keep reading. Back when I lived in Sudan (and couldn’t run), I was working as a story writer and photographer. The land in Sudan was as barren as barren could be. There wasn’t much to work with in the way of landscape photography. The roads were dirt, the homes constructed of sticks and mud,… more…

Running: For So Many Reasons

Running: For So Many Reasons

Yesterday I ran ten miles in Paris. I circled the arc, passed under the Eiffel tower, and wound my way along the Seine to Notre Dame. I dodged tourists, tripped on cobblestones, and spent a lot of time thinking as the French summer sun shone on each of my steps. I often run in cities… more…

Just Do You.

Just Do You.

About a year ago I wrote about keeping your eyes on your own paper. Surprisingly, this post is my most popular entry here of all time– a metric which teaches me an important lesson: I’m not the only one that struggles with measuring their value against the accomplishments and perceived perspectives of others. When we’re… more…

Building Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

Building Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

This morning my tea leaves spoke to me. Well, the leaves didn’t actually speak. It was more like the words on the tea bag tag jumped out at me as I sat at my desk sipping my sweet and spicy herbal blend and wondering how I’m ever going to make it through the list of things… more…

Double Happy Spring

Double Happy Spring

Happy Spring.  I love new seasons and I’ve spent the last month counting down the days for spring to arrive.  (I also co-own an amazing hammock company and most people don’t want to buy hammocks in the middle of an arctic-vortex so seasons are also good for business).  In the middle of getting all excited… more…

Treasures vs. Shit: The Value of Words

Treasures vs. Shit: The Value of Words

I’m a person of words. I’ve always been. I’ll challenge you to a game of Scrabble or Scattegories any day. I wrangle words for a living. I place them together into nice lines that make interesting stories and then people give me money for them. Words are my friends, but I don’t always use them… more…

Choosing Joy and Lessons from the Universe

Choosing Joy and Lessons from the Universe

The universe has been trying to teach me a life lesson lately: Being happy is my choice when things aren’t going my way. This isn’t a new lesson, I’ve been learning it for at least 30 odd years, but lately it just seems to be smacking me in the face. Sitting by a fireplace with… more…