Category Archives: Friendship

A Lonely Bird

I’ve been sitting in my home office researching and preparing for my trip to walk the Camino de Santiago. The past few days have been very mild and on the cooler side of August temperatures. I’ve left the sliding glass … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cake

Written on August 09, 2010 I made a red velvet bundt cake tonight. My daughter asked me if I would. The beanpole boyfriend was over, so I thought, “well at least it won’t tempt me tomorrow…they’ll eat it all at … Continue reading

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Sad, Not Sorry

Everyone…well almost everyone, is lamenting 2016 as a terribly difficult year, myself included.  To those of you that aren’t sad, you may want to avert your mouse to a different blog post. During this year we lost so many people … Continue reading

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You Can Call Him, Stretch

Yesterday I was able to convince my hiking friend, fellow retiree and general mischief maker, Art to go to yoga with me.  My invitation was a little selfish in part because we have a long backpacking trip coming up and I … Continue reading

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AQF!

(Originally written on January 10, 2011) I have to say, with the exception of literally about two or three people, there are very few souls that I call my friends who don’t know how to laugh. How is it that all … Continue reading

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Let Go. Be.

Oliver Sacks, upon learning of his diagnosis of terminal cancer wrote: “I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer … Continue reading

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Cruz

The rain stopped.  It seemed we were almost there. Traveling sure is hell.  No wonder we didn’t make the trip more often.  People are always talking about how great it is to travel; they’ve never ventured into northern Mexico with … Continue reading

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Day 7: Gratitude Moves

My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today I got my sorry self out of bed at 5:30 in the morning and went on a hike at Montaña de … Continue reading

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Day 5: Gratitude is Seeing the Beauty

My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today, a day when we received our first rain in months, I found gratitude in the beauty of it all. Day 5. … Continue reading

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Day 4: Gratitude is Not Fussing Over the Timing

My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today I found my inspiration at the last minute. Day 4. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Today has been all about time.  I … Continue reading

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Day 3: Gratitude is Recognizing the Value of the Unseen

              My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today I found my inspiration at the grocery store. Day 3. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 … Continue reading

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Day 2: Gratitude is Seeing the Connection

Gratitude is Seeing the Connection
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The Light Changed Today

All day today, from the moment I opened my eyes I noticed that the light has changed around the house. The sun, cantaloupe orange, in that fake summer way poured over me as I lay in bed. The day would … Continue reading

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Running Has Taught Me…

On December 31, 2013 I conducted an inventory of my life during the previous year. In doing so, I decided that among other things, I would resolve to run 1500 miles during calendar year 2014. On August 26, 2014, while … Continue reading

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On the JMT with JiffyPop

A couple years ago my ex sister-in-law, now just sister convinced me to go on a day hike with her. I knew she was plotting to entrap me in her web of hiking gear, and exaggerated tales of beauty and … Continue reading

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How Big Is Your Brave?

Watching my son check his boarding pass to confirm his seat assignment filled my heart with nostalgia last Thursday.  Just a few days away from his eighteenth birthday, he has become all of a sudden, more of a man than … Continue reading

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On the way to the movie…

“Because we have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to survive, we are ready to give up everything – even our lives – in our struggle for justice.”* ~Cesar Chavez   Like many Latinos my age, … Continue reading

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I Lost My Pride Up There

Going hiking in Yosemite is one of the easiest things you can do.  Trails are well marked.  There are tons of people, so you’re never really alone. It is, however, so much more fun to hike a trail with someone … Continue reading

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Boys to Men

Traveling with three 17 year old boys is hysterical. Driving from Sacramento to Las Vegas is a bit less jocular but still amusing. Only one of these young men is mine, clearly a duh, since they by team requirement they … Continue reading

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Mountains Out of Mole Hills

For the last two years, since preparing for and finally accomplishing my retirement I have entered my house through a garage door that wouldn’t quite close, look into a kitchen dining area to be reminded by the discolored ceiling, as … Continue reading

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When Triumph Means Loss

Earlier today I happened upon a post about the Ray Bradbury short story, All Summer in a Day. I became very interested in his post because I too remember reading the story in middle school, and like the blogger, I … Continue reading

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Courage

Originally written in September 2011 I think that many of my favorite people also happen to be courageous (or is it that they are brave? You know, if you look both words up in the dictionary you get a lot … Continue reading

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Making Fiends

There’s a thin line between a friend and a fiend. Fiends are, however, are just as easily made as friends. Actually its easier to make fiends I think. Have you ever wondered what is it that you have to do … Continue reading

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To Infinity, and Beyond!

Originally written in November of 2012. My niece and her equally painful two-year-old have infiltrated my home.  I used to have a closet under the stairwell…it has once again been converted into a playroom. Now mind you, 16 years ago, … Continue reading

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Leave No Trace

Most runners love to run in cool, dry weather.  Unfortunately for me, I love sleeping more than I love cool dry weather.  Heck, I’ll run in the rain if I can sleep in.   So what does this mean? It … Continue reading

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