Monthly Archives: October 2016

Two Cuties and a Scary Clown

Sue and I got up Saturday morning and ran thirty minutes with some hill strides at the end. Despite the strain of moving this week, my body did not feel terrible. That meant the Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10k was not … Continue reading

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A powerful moving experience

Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore relates the tale of his job in college where he was assigned to toss lumber at a mill in Oregon. The men at the mill took a look at him and scoffed. But when matched with … Continue reading

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The legacy of Kent Finanger at Luther College

  This week my college cross country coach Kent Finanger celebrated a birthday. Kent always encouraged his runners to appreciate that day in their life. “This is your day!” he’d egg us on! “Wow Fun Wow!”   That was one … Continue reading

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Stumbling on The Fountainhead

Just one more day of house clearing and the cleaning begins. Then we close on the sale of the house. It’s been a long journey. Almost like training for a big race. Every day there has been a workout to … Continue reading

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Gaming the system when we run, ride and swim

Perhaps some of you are into gaming, the virtual kind. My son played Warcraft and Halo and tons of other games through his early high school years, then kind of dumped the whole thing. His friends used to like when … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Goodwill

  You gotta love a Goodwill store. Whether you buy things that no one else needs, or drop things off that you don’t need, the Goodwill store is the place to be.   And I have been there. A lot. … Continue reading

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Music matters

Thanks to the wonders of Sirius XM radio, one can now listen to music in all sorts of categories. There are stations for every era of music from the 40s through the Y2Ks. One can also stream music through Spotify, … Continue reading

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Packing it up but not packing it in

Yesterday the moving truck arrived at my home to haul the large furniture items from my house of 20 years to our new place. We’ve already moved two households of boxed goods. My process began two months ago, clearing out … Continue reading

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She’s got it all together

At the early hour of 4:30 a.m., the alarm rings and she stirs in bed. Then come the contact lenses and the hair cinched into a ponytail. Through the clothes drawer she searches out a sports bra. Then socks. Matching socks … Continue reading

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Inspiration from the skies

  At the age of 5 years old I was given a Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds. The book was a gift from an aunt that seemed to sense that I’d have an interest in such things. I still have … Continue reading

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