Why I Run: Amber’s Story

Get your tissues out. Amber’s story is one of those. Amber is another one of my dailymile friends, but she’s more than that. She’s supportive, funny, and has a heart as big as Oklahoma. Leave her a comment, if you’d be so kind. I wasn’t sure what to write for this at first because I run for a reason […]

When Is a Hill Not a Hill

Last spring seems like a distant starting line to me, a smudged and faded white paint line across the pavement of my little running journey. I know I write about running, a lot. That’s because I’m not that bright, and running is a kind and easy teacher. Every time I step outside, every time I […]

Plumbing the Depths

So, I’m writing this book, Run with Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo. It will be published in a mere 82 days. My late grandmother-in-law would say, “Oh, boysie.” I submitted my first draft a few weeks ago and then twiddled my thumbs while my highly trained, incredibly bright, probably tired of my […]

Hi! My Name is…

Continuing with the identity series, today’s post comes from my darling husband, Kurt. I don’t know how to introduce him without gushing like a schoolgirl. Suffice it to say, Kurt rocks. He’s a high school math teacher, a soccer coach and my best friend. You’ll like him, so say hey.  One caveat; I did give him the […]

Pressure Washer

We are not a people that enjoys yardwork. We are not gardeners. We do not plant. We want to be people who have pretty, lush grass. We want to not be Dexter to our flowers. And yet, there are no green thumbs in this house. Therefore our backyard is not exactly a suburban oasis of […]

The Girl in the Mirror

In The Practice of Love, a collaborative book of essays to which I contributed, I write about an early experience with bathing suits that still sends shivers up my spine. Most women I know, in every shape and size, experience some level of body-shaming as swim suit season approaches. We swallow our pride and suck in […]

Growing into Identity

My twitter friend Dan Moyle is our guest writer today in my continuing series on Identity. I left the topic intentionally broad, because I wanted to see how different writers approached the process and the topic. Dan doesn’t disappoint; he takes a left from last week’s post and writes about becoming a writer. Find him here orhere. […]