Easter: New Life. Or, Same As It Ever Was?

“Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was”. Those words were sung by the prophets from the band, Talking Heads. And, as we look at Easter, 2021, are they right? The pandemic has changed many things, yet some things remain the same. Today, I saw a woman saying hello to a senior citizen, …

What Our Cat Taught Me About Prayer

Meow. Meow. Meow. Every morning. Meow. Meow. Meow. Every afternoon. Meow. Meow. Meow. Everyday, our cat, Rory, cries, meow! It gets annoying, but he sure is effective. The reason for his constant meow? He wants his Temptations treat. Yes, those little bite sized treats in a jar. He has been conditioned that he gets a …

Why You Need To Support A Virtual Race

Another year, another canceled race. Is it frustrating? Absolutely. Is there a chance your favorite race won’t ever come back? Absolutely. Is there something you can do about it to make sure that it WILL come back? Absolutely! As we continue to slowly venture into opening things back up from the Pandemic shutdown, more races …

Take The Baton

Several Years ago, I was in a 12 person relay race called, RAGNAR. The race territory covered 200 miles. One runner would pass a baton to another runner. Then, we’d drive to the next destination, and wait for that runner to pass the baton so that the next runner could go. Then, on and on, and …

That’s One Small Step For Man…

July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil walked on the moon. THE MOON! It was small steps that were celebrated. He didn’t run hundreds of yards. We celebrated a small step. And, still today, it is considered a massive feat. But, …

Explaining Love Through Rock And Roll Lyrics

In the month of February, there’s always a lot of talk about, “Love, exciting and new…” Well, I am going to try and explain it with a little help from rock and roll. You may be asking, like Foreigner, “I wanna know what love is.”  Perhaps, like Whithey Houston, “The Greatest Love Of All” is …

The Closing Credits

You’re watching your favorite show, and it comes to that one gripping, powerful scene. The plot twist. The Hero Conquers. The Villain dies. The show ends, and the credits begin. This is generally when you turn the movie off, and miss the closing credits. But, there are so many people behind the scenes that bring …

Sometimes Life Brings Some Pretty Tricky Footing

Living in Michigan, if you want to run outside, it means that sometimes you have to run in the snow.  The other day, I was running on a path that I’ve run hundreds of times. It’s paved, but when its snow covered, it makes for some very tricky footing. It turns a normal 15 foot …

I Was Told I Had 10 Minutes To Live

January 24, 1982. West Michigan was hit with a snowstorm with high winds. 5:45am. I was sound asleep in my waterbed, when I heard a very loud noise. A noise I had only ever heard during the daytime. Immediately I knew something wasn’t right. I walked outside of my bedroom door, and heard the smoke …

You Really Should Build A Snowman

In West Michigan, kids, and some adults, can’t wait for the very first snowfall.  There’s something magical about it. The other day, after said first snowfall, while running through my neighborhood, I saw a Dad and his two kids building a snowman. Well, Dad was building, and the kids were making snow angels.  As I …