Why I Run: Corey’s Story

To continue the Community/Solitude discussion, please head over to Halfway to Normal, but make sure to say hi here first! My friend Corey is the most enthusiastic person I have ever met. Normally, people like this make me suspicious; I wonder what there is to be so excited about. But Corey’s zeal is infectious and genuine. Though I […]

Community or Isolation

It started like this: “Today I’m thinking about community and isolation. I know which I prefer. Do you?” Less that 140 characters innocently clicked into the vast continuum of time and space that is the internet. Within minutes, I had received several replies, a few follow up questions and a rather fun debate ensued. What […]

The Dog and The Door

I do not understand The Dog. He refuses to walk on dewy grass but he will submerge his entire body in a roadside puddle that is more trash and car oil than water. He chases squirrels with an unrelenting fervor despite evidence that suggests he will never capture one. He barks at leaves. He, apparently, […]

The Dog and The Door

I do not understand The Dog. He refuses to walk on dewy grass but he will submerge his entire body in a roadside puddle that is more trash and car oil than water. He chases squirrels with an unrelenting fervor despite evidence that suggests he will never capture one. He barks at leaves. He, apparently, […]

Know Thyself

Today’s post comes from my friend Jake Kampe, whom I’ve never met but have enjoyed writerly conversations with. I like his take on identity, and it fits well at the beginning. More than tackling what identity means to him personally, Jake paints with a broader brush. Take a gander and leave him some comment love. […]

Why I Run: Jeff’s Story

  If you’ve been here before you know that this girl came to running accidentally. I’ve asked some of my favorite online runner friends to tell me why they started running and why they continue to run. Jeff encouraged me when I was unwilling to call myself a runner and he still gives me tips […]

Wait! I’m Not Ready

It happens every year. School ends and I find myself completely unprepared for the changes in our family rhythm. It’s not that I’m surprised that the calendar has maintained its persistent march. It’s not that I mind these people being at home. It’s that I have to adjust my daily expectations among a group of […]

Call Me A…Writer?

Today’s post comes to you from my super awesome friend Alise Wright, aka @bigmama247. She is compiling a book of essays on depression. She is a musician, a fun mom and a wife. She is also a writer. Say hi to Alise.  This week will also feature another guest writer, Shawn Smucker. We are writing about identity. In the […]

Tiny Town

Every year at Christmas, old Buhl Planetarium* used to showcase an elaborate train set that spanned the breadth and width of a room about the size of the average primary school cafeteria. Lines of people in heavy winter coats and dripping wet boots huddled together with excitement to wander around this gargantuan recreation of old time […]