The Little Gen-Jen That Could

The Little Gen-Jen That Could

My blogger friend Paul, at The Captain’s Speech, wrote me a motivational letter today for my upcoming marathon. You can read it here.
This is my response letter to him.
Paul,
Your letter arrived today, and your timing could not have been more perfect. By my calculations (since I don’t count the day of the event) my marathon is only…

When You Fall Running, Get Up

When You Fall Running, Get Up

I had run 4.64 miles when it happened.

I tripped.

There wasn’t a rock, pothole or good reason it happened. I was still trying to figure out what happened as my right, then left knee were torn open.

My palms instinctively tried to brace my body and were grated open on the bumpy asphalt. I immediately rolled to my backside and stood, on the side of the road.

My whole body …

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

When you live somewhere with snow on the ground 6 months of the year, you have to take every moment to savor the warmth.

The First Time I Saw my Mother

The First Time I Saw my Mother

You were there my entire life, but I never saw you. As you are, without the layers of expectations of motherhood piled upon you. I took for granted until I was 37 that you were a person. Someone separate from the role that was defined by you giving birth…

Do you. Your Voice Matters.

Do you. Your Voice Matters.

“Maybe you should charge him a nickel. You’re the one that’s having the financial issues right now. You could probably use it.”

She must have seen the stunned expression on my face through the shadows in the van.

She said she was just joking, but I didn’t see the humor. No one laughed.

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