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What passes for normal in a mixed up world

I drove down to the gym in darkness today. My wife left early for a business trip, so I was up and at’em at 5:00 a.m. Time to make use of the day. Last night we practiced yoga at the … Continue reading

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A comma in the sentence of life

We all have a history about ourselves that we carry around in our heads. Some of it is based on clear and definitive moments in our lives, our own memories. Yet some of it is created from things people tell … Continue reading

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On writing and the light within

I remember well the jury-rigged IBM Selectric typewriter that I used to write in the summer of 1983. I’d purchased the machine from a friend for $100 and it worked fine except for the fact that the carriage would sometimes … Continue reading

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Winging it with monarchs

In the early 1970s, I recall running along the roadside of Illinois Route 38 just north of Elburn where we lived. The east-west orientation of that highway with its raised road bed made it a perfect monarch-killing machine. Over just … Continue reading

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Getting my 20 on

I’m not a slow bike rider. But I’m not a super fast bike rider either. My brother-in-law Paul once rode 40K (that’s 24 miles) in an hour. On a road bike. That’s fast. And he was still a CAT 3 … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a triathlete?

The Bible is a remarkable book both in what it reveals and also what it leaves to our collective spiritual imagination. For example, the creation story and the rescue of species from the worldwide floods lists a few “kinds” of … Continue reading

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Summer lovin’ 1972

Those formative years of distance running remain special to me because everything was still so new. The sensations wrought from running farther than I ever imagined possible were both stimulating and daunting. Coming off a freshman year cross country season … Continue reading

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A black belt in fatherhood

Twenty-five or so years ago, our family went camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a busy season, so campsites were scarce and the more remote campground in Hiawatha National Forest where we wanted to say was closed … Continue reading

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Things I learned today on a morning ride

At 5:30 this morning the air was cool and clear. A light north wind had broken the humid grip of mid-summer on our part of Illinois. It was a fine time for a bike ride. I’d planned the morning ride … Continue reading

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Sibling rivalry

Our family consisted of four boys and our mom and dad. We apparently had a sister that died very early in life. She was born between my next oldest brother and I. Still hoping for a girl, my parents had … Continue reading

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