Don’t Push the River

I'm re-reading Richard Rohr's Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. I bought the book a couple of years ago at the urging of my college friend, Russell. It was an excellent read, and I got in the mood to read it again - just in case I might have a different perspective now. I … Continue reading Don’t Push the River

Chicago From a Window Seat

A man on the streetcorner amplifies his voice through a bullhorn. "Jesus loves you," he screams to no one in particular. A taxi horn toot-toots. Shoppers swarm across the bridge wearing dark coats, bright hats and multi-colored gloves as if it's a uniform. The wound on my back throbs. I should have bandaged it I … Continue reading Chicago From a Window Seat

My Trusty Rides

I'm not sure what month I purchased them. Sometime last fall, I committed to running again and walked over to Connected Soles, the running store two blocks from my house. The shoe specialist offered me some choices, and I ended up with a pair of purple Saucony Rides. They felt so comfy on my feet … Continue reading My Trusty Rides

#PhoneBreakUp: It’s Over

So I broke up with my phone. You can read more about my initial journey by going to the category on my blog entitled How to Break Up With Your Phone. I use it mainly for listening to podcasts and tracking my runs with an occasional glance at the news. And, of course, I watch … Continue reading #PhoneBreakUp: It’s Over


Today, October 20, is the National Day on Writing. And thousands of people are sharing the reasons they write with the hashtag #WhyIWrite. I'm not sure why I've never heard of this day before, but I thought I should be a part of it now that I know it exists. In reflecting on #WhyIWrite, I … Continue reading #WhyIWrite

Subtle Shifts Matter

I learned to motivate myself by being hard on myself. You are a loser, so you'd better shape up. You're fat... better exercise and eat right. Nobody likes you, you'd better learn to be nice. Being mean to myself doesn't motivate me. Yes, it might cause me to get started with some action, but the shame … Continue reading Subtle Shifts Matter

Running Through the Stars

For some reason, the city of St. Joseph isn't turning on the street lights about half the time in my neighborhood. It's a little irritating when I have to run early because it's really dark out. But I'm loving running amid the nighttime sky. The stars are amazing here in rural Michigan, and without the … Continue reading Running Through the Stars

Taking the Path of More Resistance

I mapped out my 11-miler for Sunday morning. I just could NOT do another circular run around my house. During the week I have to stay close to save time, but why on earth would I trace the same steps again when I have the freedom to roam? I traced a beautiful route online through … Continue reading Taking the Path of More Resistance

Embracing the Ending

Endings.... I used to hate them. My octopus arms suctioned around the leaving object and fought for dear life. Bloodied and exhausted, I found the letting go a torturous bloodletting. Life is full of losses.  Friendships True love Worn-out barbie dolls Beloved pets Mentors and sages Favorite earrings A perfect job Youth Innocence Coffee mugs … Continue reading Embracing the Ending

Building The Integrity Muscle

The #metoo movement is long overdue in my opinion, but there are times when I'm not quite sure how to feel. Everyone deserves to tell their side of the story. I groaned when I heard there was a drunken high school accusation being lodged against Brett Kavanaugh. High school? Really? I thought of my high school … Continue reading Building The Integrity Muscle