Relief When I’m Gone

Good morning and Happy Saturday. It’s raining again here in Mercyburg so I am once again sitting in the same room I have occupied all week. As opposed to being outdoors, I mean. This week I was sent home to work remotely so this creative space also became a work space. I am now part…

Third Month Rituals

Here we are again; a ritual return. Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. The idea was to show the work which goes into wellness as a practice to reinforce that wellness is indeed a practice and it is indeed work. To support my 2020 theme of Ritual, I’ve…

How The Grinch Comforted A Runner

Items found while running now including this disembodied head which is also missing a mouth. A headpiece of some kind also seems to be broken off and lost and I truly can’t tell if the neck stump is designed that way or also broken. There are also no ears. I found it at the end…

Time Travel In A Can

A thousand years ago I was training for my first marathon. I was training to run it in Pittsburgh. That’s right; I was doing destination races long before it was cool. We didn’t call it this back then, but social media was message boards before Facebook came along. Through a running-related message board I picked…

Novel Response

Folks, no one is going to let you miss anything. You will be updated against your will. You’ll know when things are worse. You’ll know when things are better. If you have the wherewithal to be reading this, no one is going allow you to remain uninformed. Your watch need not be so vigilant. You…

First Of Many

It worked out that my first week of tennis therapy coincided with my first league match. It’s technically not therapy but it is a form of training for the mind. Why did I need tennis therapy? I didn’t. My coach needed it. She started using it to improve her own experience and had such success…

Second Month Rituals

Here we are again; a ritual return. Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. The idea was to show the work which goes into wellness as a practice to reinforce that wellness is indeed a practice and it is indeed work. To support my 2020…

What All People Must Want

Remember last weekend when I found money — paper money — while out on a run? This weekend I found jewelry. The fact that it is intact is more of a miracle than the find itself. Most everything I find on the road is damaged by traffic on the road. This big-ass bling had obviously…

Spooky Loot

Okay, folks. For those of you who scoff at my assertion that the items I find when I’m out running are magical, let’s go a little deeper. Sometimes it isn’t so much what you find but how you find it. For instance, when you’re out on a run or a walk and you discover this:…

First Month Rituals

Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. The idea was to show the work which goes into wellness as a practice to reinforce that wellness is indeed a practice and it is indeed work. That’s still the case but to support my 2020 theme of…

Ritual Teasing

Last week of January, which means this will likely be my last post of the month. However, if you’ve been following this blog long enough to remember my Work Release posts, you’re in for a treat. They’re back! I reinstated them for 2020. I should say, it’ll be a treat providing you liked those Work…

James The Curly: Smugus Magus

Items found while running were amusingly greyscale this week. I found them on different blocks of the same run. The blackie is obviously one of the dozens of hair bands I find on the run. The other is a silicone wrist band advertising an indoor trampoline park. These felt rather benign after my last find…