Saving A Rainy Day

I have fond memories of rainy days. Today has been a good one. Too many rainy days, of course, can trigger a gloomy mood. And rainy days and Mondays are, to paraphrase Karen Carpenter, almost always a bad mix. But not today. I'd planned to get up at 5 to run before the sun rose high enough to make it unpleasant. But shortly before my alarm was set to go off, I awoke. To the sound of thunder. … [Read more...]

Sit and Gain Weight

Too much sitting is definitely bad for health and fitness. I know because I've been sitting a lot for the past month and I can detect a noticeable decline in my fitness, based on how I feel when I go for a run, and an additional couple of pounds based on how my clothes now fit. I'm not the type of person who's happy sitting behind a desk all day, but lately I've had to sit more than I'd like to … [Read more...]

Komen Alabama Race for the Cure

Yesterday, I ran the Komen Alabama Race for the Cure 5K in Birmingham. This week's Sunday Sign on The Ben Franklin Follies  is dedicated to the Komen Race for the Cure. More than 16,000 people ran or walked in the Komen Alabama Race for the Cure this year. I ran my first Komen Alabama 5K in 2002. I've also previously done the 2009 and 2010 Komen Alabama 5Ks. It's amazing and inspirational, so see … [Read more...]

On Running: When A Turtle Soars

I ran the Helen Keller Festival 5-Mile Run last Saturday (June 25, 2011). I finished 138th out of 183 runners. I've always been a turtle, even in my youngest running days. I ran in my first Helen Keller Festival Run back in the early 1980s. I don't recall the distance in the early years, but it's been a 5-mile run for a while now. I missed quite a few years from the mid-90s until I made my return … [Read more...]

On encountering cows while running….

I always say "Hey" to cows whenever I pass them while running. Kind of like when Scout says "Hey" to Boo Radley. … [Read more...]

The foundation for productivity

This month, the Carnival of Journalism topic is "LifeHacks." Specifically, the question asks: What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively? Although I use a lot of cutting edge tech tools, platforms and apps, in my work and personal life, when it comes to improving productivity and completing … [Read more...]