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Monday, May 25, 2015


Happy Memorial Day, friends.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

sunday-morningWe’ve had a relatively quiet weekend.  We enjoyed some fish tacos on Friday night followed by our weekly trip to Lowe’s, then poked around a gear swap at our local multisport store yesterday morning and had some spectacular sushi last night.  We’re off to coffee with the NYT in tow, then to the pool for a few laps.  Happy Sunday, friends.


In case you are looking for a little reading with your morning cup of coffee:

– How to make your long run easier.

– Just finished your long run?  25 beautiful donuts.

– Words from the week.

– Home renovations continue.  Next up:  outdoor shower.

– #PortraitsofStrength

– Breakfast is looking good this week:  this + this.

– “Isabel Marant’s Favorite Parisian Florist.”

– 100 years of fitness in 100 seconds.

– Will you go see the Mad Men set exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image in New York?

– On gel manicures in The New York Times Magazine.


And, in case you missed it here:

What to do in Ho Chi Minh City and thoughts from a long run on Vietnam.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

spring-sunset I woke up to the beat of marathon finish line music this morning.  I was at once relieved not to be mid-26 miles, but also pained by a twinge of jealousy that my morning won’t culminate with a mylar blanket.  I mean, is there any better feeling in the world than being wrapped up in that sheet of foil?  Which reminds me that I need to sign up for a race.  In the meantime, it’s a quiet morning of coffee and clementines here.  In a bit, I’ll wander down to the course and cheer on the runners.  I’ve been the recipient of so many well wishes during race miles that it only seems right to pass on the same to this morning’s runners.  Freely you have received, freely give.  Those are this morning’s words.


In case you are looking for a little reading with your morning cup of coffee:

– “The best free, 10 minute online workouts“.

Avocado hollandaise over a poached egg sounds like the perfect post-run breakfast.

Zoolander at Valentino.

– Thoughts on writing and on “the middle.”

– How to eat like a local in Vietnam.

– Man Repeller’s rules on binge watching tv shows.

– And on that note, this weekend I plan on binge watching Tina Fey’s new Netflix sitcom.


And, in case you missed it here:

Arriving in Vietnam, what to do in Hanoi and thoughts on running, cycling and Rwanda.


Sunday, March 8, 2015


The countdown is on:  less than two weeks until the first day of Spring.  The forecast today is 65 and sunny and with the clocks rolling forward an hour last night, I’m quite hopeful that warmer days are here to stay.  We’ve spent the weekend renovating our laundry room, but today we’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy the weather.  Let the thaw begin!


In case you are looking for a little reading with your morning cup of coffee:

– “How to make mornings better, faster, and more fun”

Porridge Elevated — More herehere and here.

– Speaking of Honduras, a lost city discovered in the Honduran rain forest.

– The next great American woman runner?

– A lovely bathroom.

– The best gluten free pasta and sauce pairings.

– “Spelling Light Phenomena

– Trying skin food and a humidifier in an attempt to kick the dry skin.

– “Fewer Women Run Big Companies than Men Named John”

– And on that note, today is International Women’s Day.  If you’re looking to learn more or lend your voice, look here, here, here and here.


And, in case you missed it here:

A winter escape to Honduras and the requisite souvenir shopping.


Sunday, March 1, 2015


I flew in late Tuesday night from Honduras.  Snow started falling a couple of hours before I landed, so I hustled through customs and ran to the gate of an earlier flight to try to make it home before the snow brought air travel to a grinding hault.  Unfortunately, I picked up some sort of unstoppable cold in Honduras, so I’ve been laying low and drinking lots of tea in an effort to shake it.  Here’s to a quiet Sunday and easing into the week ahead.


 In case you are looking for a little reading with your morning cup of coffee:

– Did you hear that Matthew McConaughey will play Caballo Blanco in the new Born to Run movie?

– Where to eat:  DC’s Innovative Restaurant Scene

– I just bought a 10 pound bag of quinoa, so I am going to be cooking my way through these recipes.

– This week’s snow day beauty trial: at-home gel sans uv lamp.  I bought this perfectly neutral light gray polish and this topcoat — no base coat necessary.  Review so far:  this might be my favorite polish brush I’ve ever used.

– After these sunset cocktails in Sedona, we headed to this restaurant.  (Courtesy of Sunset magazine’s Sedona travel guide)

Wrinkly dog burritos (!)

–  Ann Lamott on living a satisfying life:

“I learned that opening myself to my own love and to life’s tough loveliness was not only the most delicious, amazing thing on Earth but it was also quantum. It would radiate out to a cold, hungry world. Beautiful moments heal, as do real cocoa, Pete Seeger, a walk on old fire roads. All I ever wanted since I arrived here on Earth were the things that turned out to be within reach, the same things I needed as a baby—to go from cold to warm, lonely to held, the vessel to the giver, empty to full. You can change the world with a hot bath, if you sink into it from a place of knowing that you are worth profound care, even when you’re dirty and rattled. Who knew?”


And, in case you missed it here:

– The most helpful career advice I’ve heard in quite a while.

– Thoughts from a long run in Santa Monica.

– And, hiking in Sedona.


Friday, February 27, 2015

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Since we’re on the topic of professional discontent, job changes and career trajectory, I thought I’d share an article that resonated deeply at the time when I wrote this and this.  It’s a short piece by Amy Poehler on a summer she spent scooping ice cream as a teenager.  You can read it here.

In the midst of her narrative there are two bits of career advice that I have reminded myself of time and again and have passed on to others who are navigating professional growth, changes and setbacks.



“I wasn’t sure yet that I wanted to be an actor. I was planning to go to Boston College as an English major and maybe become a teacher, like both of my parents. But when I stood in the dining room and demanded attention I was reminded of things I already secretly knew about myself. I wasn’t shy, I liked to be looked at, and making people laugh released a certain kind of hot lava into my body that made me feel like a queen.”

Stated another way, what do you secretly know about yourself and what makes you feel like you have lava pulsing through your veins?



“I quit when the summer ended. I had started forgetting to charge for whipped cream. I was failing to use the ice scoop. A customer told me I was banging the drum “too hard.” She was right. I was angry; I wanted to be gone. It’s important to know when it’s time to turn in your kazoo.”

Stated another way, know when it’s time to exit.


I find the story simplistic and relatable, yet challenging and confronting.  What I love about this piece is the theme of honesty with ourselves – acknowledging what we already know to be true about who we are, working to define then enact our passions, having the self-awareness to know when to leave, and knowing where our time is best spent and our presence is best suited.

I think what Amy Poehler is really advising is authenticity and the courage to pursue what we come to know to be true about ourselves.  The title is instructive here, as the hard work of becoming who we truly are and aligning our professional trajectory with our true selves will never be easy.  But, the cost of inertia — of mindlessly or disingenuously pressing on – is far higher.  So I agree with Amy:  go ahead, take your licks.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

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One reason I am grateful for my liberal arts education is that someone made me read A Long Walk to Freedom.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I would’ve ever picked up Nelson Mandela’s 600 page autobiography if it hadn’t been on my History of Southern Africa course syllabus.

After I learned of Nelson Mandela’s death I drove home and found my copy of the book.  My name is written on the inside cover and I notice my handwriting looks a bit different now.  I start paging through it.

Terrible news came out of the Central African Republic today.  A colleague called to ask if I’d heard.  One hundred people are dead.  He tells me the story of a three-year-old boy whose legs are cut off right in front of his father.  The child bled to death.

I have a global career that every so often touches pieces of stories not altogether unlike this one.  And while I often find myself optimistic about the trajectory of our world, sometimes it all becomes just a bit too heavy.

We have covered much ground, but there is still a great deal of room for healing, for reconciliation, for hope.  There is a certain sadness knowing that Nelson Mandela’s presence, guidance and insight would be so exceptionally helpful as we collectively, as a world, navigate the way forward.

But, for tonight, what I have is a very heavy book and the hope that his memory might lead us, each in our own way, to involvement.  Maybe it’s taking an extra moment to understand a point-of-view that is different to ours or purchasing a Christmas gift that will make a difference for someone else far, far away or maybe it’s simply holding our nearest and dearest extra close this holiday season.

I’m hopeful that Nelson Mandela’s life will continue to remind us that in the face of really, really heavy times, we can choose involvement – trusting that in some small way our action matters.



[ In case you’re looking for gifts that do good, here are a few from UNICEF, Oxfam, World Wildlife Fund, St. Jude’s, Heifer International, Every Mother Counts and World Bicycle Relief. ]


Saturday, September 14, 2013


Runners like words.  We value words of encouragement from spectators as we race, we turn mantras over in our minds as we find strength to climb, many of us write.  So often as I run, a quote or phrase will come to mind and I will spend a few minutes (or miles) considering its application within the context of the miles I’m covering.  Perhaps you do this as well?  I thought it might be fun to start sharing them here, just in case you are looking for some words to carry you through your long run this weekend.

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