Monthly Archives: January 2019

A Captain at sea and on land

As a Captain the Naval Reserves, Mike Czarnik spent many months at sea over the last thirty years. In an event held at Great Lakes Naval Center in North Chicago, Illinois on January 12, 2019, he completed the second phase … Continue reading

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Why I’m equivocal about legalized pot

For quite a few years I’ve been a believer in legalizing pot. Not because I want to smoke it these days. Frankly it was fun to smoke a bit in my twenties, but I just don’t want or need it … Continue reading

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It’s a Flat Earth and Fast Food world so go for it, you’re going to die anyway

A Los Angeles Times story recorded that the Clemson football team will be served fast food during their ceremonial visit to the White House. “Clemson’s national championship football team went to the White House to be honored for winning the … Continue reading

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Embracing my inner sloth

While watching an Animal Planet program about the impact of island ecology and evolution, we learned about a colony of pygmy sloths that lives on an island no larger than Central Park in New York. Somehow the population of sloths … Continue reading

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The long train ride home

While writing an email to my two children this morning I mentioned how weird it feels to be sixty-one years old. The best analogy I could create was that being sixty-plus is like being a on a long train that … Continue reading

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On becoming a grown-ass athlete

In one of those social waves that seem to wash over culture now and then, I’ve been hearing the term “grown-ass” thrown around quite a bit lately. Radio talk show hosts are using the term ‘grown-ass’ to describe all sorts … Continue reading

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To Chicago and back

The first time I was a full-on commuter to the City of Chicago I was just twenty-one years old. I was also naive and a bit frightened to be working downtown. Our family had not made many journeys from the … Continue reading

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Running in good company

For our Sunday morning run, we traveled over to a facility called The Labs where a bunch of our friends meets each week to train. Some of them are former teammates from triathlon clubs to which we no longer belong. … Continue reading

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What you can actually learn from a world-class steeplechaser

Watching running videos on YouTube can be a great source of inspiration and motivation. It can also be quite instructive. Recently I watched a video celebrating a world-class steeplechaser named Conseslus Kipruto. Like many African distance running athletes, he seems … Continue reading

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What book would you use to be sworn in as a Triathlete?

My wife turned to me this morning and said, “The new Muslim Congresswoman is being sworn in with a Quran.” Makes total sense of course. We all want to abide in our respective faith traditions. Yet we also know that … Continue reading

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