Author Archives: nancytinarirunswrites

About nancytinarirunswrites

I used to be known as a competitive runner, but now I have a new life as a professional writer and editor. I'm even more obsessive about reading, writing, and editing than I was about running. Running has had a huge influence on my life, though, and runner's high does fuel creativity. Maybe that's why this blog evolved into being 95% about running, but through blogging I'm also learning about writing and online communication. I'm fascinated by how the Internet has changed work, learning, and relationships. I love to connect in new and random ways!

Third Beach in the summer of Covid-19

Being at Third Beach in Stanley Park this year seemed like an escape to a fantasy world. I always try to make the trip to Stanley Park to swim at least once every summer. I’ve never left it to September, … Continue reading

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Two 1,000-page novels at once: Kristin Lavransdatter and Ducks, Newburyport

Reading during a COVID-19 summer This summer has been memorable in several ways, not only because it is the first (and perhaps not the last) summer of living with COVID-19. For one, this is the first time I’ve ever read … Continue reading

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The aging athlete: protests and silver linings

I have found that being an athlete over sixty means feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: gratitude, exhilaration, disgust, sadness, sometimes even despair. I wasn’t sure whether to write this post because in public we are always supposed to be … Continue reading

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Summer at Sasamat Lake in the time of coronavirus

The short story: Important tips if you are planning a trip to Sasamat Lake You may not be able to get in to the parking area unless you go well before noon, especially on nice days. Parking is not allowed … Continue reading

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Three unexpected gifts

For nine years now, I have been keeping a journal I call “Three Good Things.” I write in it every night before going to bed, sometimes for less than a minute and sometimes for much longer. The only requirement is … Continue reading

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Books for comfort: Duane’s Depressed, The Last Picture Show, and Machines Like Me

Note: I wrote this post over a month ago—before the time of coronavirus. Maybe it is even more relevant now. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post about books. Ironic, because in the past three months … Continue reading

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Life in the time of coronavirus

We are living in a reality that seems unreal. It’s a dystopia like something out of the imagination of Margaret Atwood or Stephen King. Those of us who didn’t live through a world war (that is, most humans alive today) … Continue reading

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A gem about love from comic book artist Chris Ware

I was driving home on Sunday evening, listening to CBC radio, eagerly anticipating Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel—the one radio program I listen to every week without fail. When the announcer said the upcoming interview would feature Chris Ware, … Continue reading

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My son in Japan Part 2: adapting to another culture

This post continues from my previous one. In that post, I described Abebe’s ten years (so far) in Japan. He completed university there and has achieved his dream of becoming a director of Japanese videogames. My previous post expressed my … Continue reading

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My son in Japan Part 1: emotions

  The day my son Abebe left home in September 2009 marked the end of our unconventional family. Abebe was 18 years old and he was going to university in Japan, the first step towards achieving his dream of becoming … Continue reading

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