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A controversial Facebook Post and Response - how we view and encourage others
Maybe some of you saw this post on Facebook from a man who was "praising" a "fatty" for running. It starts out with insults but then the tone changes. As I read the initial FB post, even after the initial paragraph, where things were supposedl... Read more
I refused a Honeybun. A FREE Honeybun.
I have inherited a certain trait from my father. I find it hard to pass up a bargain, even when it's something I know I won't use or won't use completely. It is not uncommon to look in my parents' pantry and find 10 jars of jelly or 30 cans of... Read more
Recently, when I was at a conference in Baltimore, I made use of the fitness room at the hotel. (Side note: It was a lovely facility overlooking Camden Yards.) There was a man on a treadmill next to me using it in a fashion that has always fa... Read more
The BrooklynBorn & Hayburner-Cast???????
I donít know how many Sparkers out there have the same experience as I do, but when Iím running, new thoughts and ideas enter my brain. I think of solutions to problems and do some of my deepest thinking. I had one such idea come to me today.
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Courage and Passion Required
Once, a friend made a comment referring to my talent and passion for music. I am an accomplished pianist and a pretty decent soprano, and they are used to hearing me perform my job well every Sunday at church. However, as I thought about it, I... Read more
Thank you, Sparkers, for common courtesy.
A friend shared a link on Facebook to a blog about the latest Victoria's Secret catalog. I found most of it to be humorous - such as her points that it's uncomfortable to be chasing after kids with your butt cheeks hanging out, and that you nee... Read more
Eat This, Not That - Whipped Cream Cheese/Greek Yogurt Spread
Around Christmas, I noticed this new cream cheese product on the shelves at Kroger.
(I apologize for the image being sideways; it wasn't sideways on my iPhone or my co... Read more
I don't need a sandwich (or sweets, or wine)
I am just under 5'4".
When I'm in prime running shape, I weigh around 113-115. Believe it or not, that is a good 10 pounds heavier than I weighed when I went off to college at age 18. So, back then I was roughly the size (and age) of the ... Read more
Run away! Run away!
If you have ever watched "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," you recognize that quote.
This has nothing to do with Monty Python, but it certainly describes my run yesterday.
Sometimes I get tired of the same old routes, and sometimes it... Read more
The Most Miserable Run of My Life. Finding something positive.
Yesterday I had to get a run in and it was 11* with the windchill. (20 mph Arctic winds). For a Virginian, that is extremely cold. For this Virginian, (sometimes I wonder if I'm part reptilian,) it's unbearably, torturously cold.
I put ... Read more
"... but with the dawn, rejoicing"
I've had a rough week. My 11 yo daughter suffered a severe puncture wound from a bike brake lever a week ago today while we were camping. I have never seen so much blood in my life; I thought she had hit the artery and I was going to watch my ... Read more
Can you DROP a gallon of milk?
Most of us are used to being called occasionally at work with the request, "Can you pick up a gallon of milk on your way home?" So, what do I mean by "Can you drop a gallon of milk?"
I once heard someone who was embarked on a weight loss j... Read more
How old can you still be a "late bloomer"?
I was, shall we say, a rather late bloomer when it came to physical maturity. While this frustrated me at the time, I must say I am rather glad now. It seems many of the girls who were rather voluptuous in junior high and high school developed... Read more
Want an Excuse to Binge on Reese Cups or Oreos?
I didn't realize quite how health-conscious I have become until today at Wal-Mart. My husband and I went shopping together. Here is our cart.
You might think, "How o... Read more
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
"Slow and steady wins the race."
You probably heard this at least once in your life in the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The hare, in his overconfidence, loses the race to the slow tortoise. Of course, the race in that fable is a me... Read more
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