Category Archives: anxiety

Screw the crack of dawn sometimes

I’ve always been an early riser. As a kid, I took off before dawn to go fishing in nearby creeks and rivers. As an early teen, I took on a paper route that started at 5:30 a.m. During high school … Continue reading

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May we all RIP in the digital universe

This afternoon I received a notice through my Linkedin social media account asking me to wish Happy Birthday to a longtime coach and friend. There’s just one problem. He’s no longer living. I still wished him Happy Birthday. I did … Continue reading

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Who needs that kind of baggage?

Having just gotten home from a triathlon training trip, I got thinking about the physical and rhetorical aspects of baggage, and how much we like to carry. Traveling by air these days forces one to make choices or face big … Continue reading

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Chill factor in Chicago

When a friend and I lived in the City of Chicago for a couple years, our apartment was situated on Clark Street overlooking Lincoln Park. We lived on the second floor of a building commonly called a two-flat. Our landlord … 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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The snowblower in my veins

If I need a snowblower to clear out my veins in the long run, so be it. Whatever works to keep things safe and navigable. Continue reading

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Survival in a cat and mouse world

This morning while removing my wife’s bike carrier from the back of her Outlander, we pulled the metal insert out of the bumper mount and found, to our surprise, a stock of bird seed pouring out of the three-inch metal … Continue reading

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Sleep it off now and then

During the summer months we often wake quite early to run or ride before the wind and heat pick up. A few times this summer I even rode in the morning on weekdays. That required getting out the door by … Continue reading

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When someone tells you that you’re not good enough

There are a lot of people out there in the world confronting the problem of bullying and how it harms the psyches or people young and old. I lived with bullying growing up. Many times I fought back. I’m not … Continue reading

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When things are looking up, don’t look down

I once had a boss who told me, “I like you a lot more when you’re smiling.” Now, the circumstances surrounding my resting dour face were not exactly common. So let’s set the stage. I’d just started a job as … Continue reading

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