Deep Roots

  Just after I moved to Tulsa, the city celebrated its centennial. Since I had grown up the Ohio Valley, near Fort Pitt, I remember thinking that was pretty cute. Pittsburgh’s history dates back to before the Revolutionary War. Some sweet little pioneer town having a big blow out over […]


Have Tos and Get Tos

I start my runs most days at the trail head for a cross country spur that winds along the spine of a mile-long campus. One of the most unexpected joys of campus life is the delightful cacophony of activity. It reminds me of what I have to do and what […]


Jen in Rome: A Month-Long Tour 1

My friend Diana’s post flickered past my awareness. I’ve been “too busy” to read blogs from my talented friends lately. But something about the photo, or the phrasing, something tickled the periphery and I stopped, for once, the incessant scrolling. She’s challenging herself to 31 days of posts this month. […]


Running Makes Everything Better

In 2010, I laced up some old running shoes to see if I could manage to run 3 miles with The Dog. My first book recounts the story of how I started doing this to prevent The Dog from depositing his detritus under my sewing table, where I had spent […]


A Mile is a Mile 2

My sister called me this morning, and when she asked me how I was I ran into my room and started to cry. I hid in the bathroom a little while after we spoke, because moving Okies to Georgia is fraught in all the usual ways and I didn’t want […]


Just Trying to Get There

Last week, my longest-term running partner and I were slogging through eight soppy  miles. The cloud cover did little to assuage the moisture-heavy air. A slight breeze only swirled up the heat around us. We stopped at a shady spot to refill our water when we spotted them. Two gorgeous young women […]


Spanning Interruptions

  Just before a contraction began, our doula Kathy arrived. She sat with me through the crest and then asked me what time I noticed the beginning of labor pains. “Around 10 pm I felt something but I went to bed,” I began. “I didn’t want to get excited over nothing. […]


And a Time to Rest

I’ve been in marathon training mode twice yearly for the last three years. I’ve run more miles around my neighborhood than I have driven, seen more Lycra than should be legal, had more chub rub than my fair share, and gained, I like to think, some wisdom and perspective. I don’t […]


First Comes Love

They were the blooming days of youth, full of vigor and promise, ripe with delicious zeal. I couldn’t wait to do it again, to get out there and be with my new love. You know those nights where sleep is elusive, so filled is your mind with your beloved, and those […]


Know Thyself

A wild mass of excited parents filled the generic school auditrium. Our talented and genius progeny awaited in the lobby, some in ties and some in shorts, some in dresses and some in jeans. Their younger siblings ran circles around the plastic chairs while Pomp and Circumstance played on a […]