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Morning: A Gratitude List Morning: A Gratitude List

Morning: A Gratitude List

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Life

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  – Marcus Aurelius I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind […]

Finding God in an Oklahoma City Garage Finding God in an Oklahoma City Garage

Finding God in an Oklahoma City Garage

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 in Life, Races

This morning I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon. It’s part of a quest I am on this year to run 20 half marathons – nine of them in the remaining nine U.S. states I have not yet visited. This was an exponentially awesome decision on my part, because it crosses the things I love […]

Epic Adventures for Epic Causes

Epic Adventures for Epic Causes

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

In less than a week, I leave for Nepal where I will trek for two weeks to base camp on Mt. Everest – and then run a marathon at 17,500 feet. In July, I will cycle 270+ miles in in Glacier National Park. Two epic adventures mean I am raising money for two epic causes […]

Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail. Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail.

Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail.

Posted on Jan 1, 2019 in Life

So I came up with this really ambitious plan for 2019 and already missed the mark on day one. Perfect! I did not forget, I tried, I just could not make it happen. And that is completely cool because this year I did not make any resolutions, only intentions. YAY! Off the hook! This intention […]

Why I am not rooting for midnight Why I am not rooting for midnight

Why I am not rooting for midnight

Posted on Dec 31, 2018 in Life

2018 was a challenging year for me, and I am not glad to see it go. The past 12 months have included grief, heartbreak, health challenges, ego-busting professional changes, financial fears, and failed resolutions. That 10-mile race in April I set my sights on? Didn’t happen. The partner I was sure to find? Still missing. […]

I have to go.

I have to go.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Today am flying from Chicago to Washington DC to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Why? Why does it matter that a bunch of people march together outside? What does it really change? One of my friends asked me this question recently, and it got me thinking that it was important that I answer […]

Brainfood Brainfood

Brainfood

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 in Ideas

                          I have this habit of reading something that inspires me or something that I think would interest or help someone I know, and then moving on quickly to the next thing of the day and not sharing this something. So I am […]

Is branding more effective when you don’t plan it and you don’t pay for it? Is branding more effective when you don’t plan it and you don’t pay for it?

Is branding more effective when you don’t plan it and you don’t pay for it?

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 in Ideas

I’ve been observing (and participating in) the “branding” around the gay marriage movement, and asking a question I don’t yet have clear insight around: does the organization-agnostic branding of a movement help to propel it forward with funding and advocacy? Is it helpful in fighting stigma? There was a great piece on the history of the […]

How I made my decision about who to vote for in Chicago’s 43rd Ward aldermanic election How I made my decision about who to vote for in Chicago’s 43rd Ward aldermanic election

How I made my decision about who to vote for in Chicago’s 43rd Ward aldermanic election

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today was a really interesting day, and I learned a little about politics and much about the campaign for alderman in Chicago’s 43rd Ward. In case you have been living in a cave or isolating in cynicism — Election Day is Tuesday and if you live in Chicago the outcome will directly affect your life. […]

South America Adventure in Lists South America Adventure in Lists

South America Adventure in Lists

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in Travel

  When I travel, I keep a little notebook. For some reason on this trip I started keeping odd lists. I like to notice patterns, and don’t really believe in accidents anymore, it is much more interesting to find meaning in things. Here are my lists and my observations about them. Travel days on this […]

Window Repair for Greater Happiness? Window Repair for Greater Happiness?

Window Repair for Greater Happiness?

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Life

One of my favorite blog posts by Gretchen Rubin (Happiness Project) is about identifying “broken windows” – seemingly minor signs of disorder or discontentment in our lives that can serve as warning signs or opportunities to examine what is really going on inside, you know, your feelings. She says fixing some of these things can […]