Category Archives: running

It’s not a bucket list, it’s a GAF list

The principal of the high school where I taught English many years ago once showed up at a faculty picnic wearing a baseball cap with ‘DILLIGAF’ on the front. When I found out what it meant, his approval ratings went … Continue reading

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Dear trolls who write nasty, ignorant comments: Identify yourselves

The past three days brought out the best — and worst — of my community. Neighbors of mine, 12-year-old twins with muscular dystrophy, were initially denied entrance into a popular July 4th 10-mile run. After a media and social media … Continue reading

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Finding my way 500 miles from home — one step at a time

LANSING, Mich. — This morning’s mission in unfamiliar territory 500 miles from home: fit in a 10-mile run without getting hopelessly lost. I don’t own a smart phone or a Garmin. I don’t believe in Map My Run. I have … Continue reading

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Insomnia — or whatever this is — really sucks

I’ll have to research what qualifies as insomnia, but whatever it is that keeps me awake at 2, 3 and 4 in the morning is not fun. The good news is, since I’m awake at these hours more often than … Continue reading

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Road trip revelations: A weekend in Happy Valley

Of the many observations I made visiting my son this weekend, one made all the rest possible: he is happy and thriving on the path he has chosen in life. That confirmation allowed me to enjoy the weekend, without any of the common … Continue reading

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Injury forces a new perspective on this old ‘Goat’ runner

A bum heel and a bout of food poisoning put me on the shelf for one of my favorite running events, today’s Mountain Goat 10-miler in Syracuse, NY. After moping about this for a couple of weeks, I decided to … Continue reading

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You are now free to move about … the rest of your life

I’ll take my metaphors wherever I can get ’em. This one came courtesy of a flight attendant — four of them, actually — on my recent vacation. A cross-country trip from the snowy Northeast to sunny California (and back home, … Continue reading

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A premature ‘Last Lecture’: Time Wounds All Heels

Tomorrow I will send a letter to each of my three sons, ages 25 to almost 21. I started the letter in 2008, shortly after a good friend died in his sleep at age 52. My friend never married, never … Continue reading

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The doorbell rings: face-to-face (not Facebook) spontaneity

You’re relaxing at home on a day off and the doorbell rings. You’re not expecting anyone, and there’s no delivery truck out front. Do you peek out a window to see who it is? If you can’t make a positive … Continue reading

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‘God bless Kyle’ and other moments from 2013

“Irish Investigations” has awakened my passion for writing and for telling stories that matter. Starting and feeding this blog has rekindled my spirit and my optimism. Along the way, I’ve met some people who are truly inspiring, and I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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