Category Archives: Commentary

Sasamat Lake mini-triathlon 2018

In 2013 I wrote here about my plan to do my own personal mini-triathlon, with a bike  start/finish near my apartment building in downtown Port Moody and the run/swim sections at Sasamat Lake. Since then, I’ve completed this mini-triathlon at … Continue reading

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Javier Marías with Eleanor Wachtel: how imagination enriches our life stories

Eleanor Wachtel’s interview with Spanish writer Javier Marías, which aired on CBC Radio One on October 15, 2017, was another Writers & Company interview that connected perfectly with my own current preoccupations. Marías is billed as “Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writer,” … Continue reading

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Zadie Smith talks to Eleanor Wachtel about dance, Swing Time, and joy

I’m driving my car on the highway on a dark Vancouver evening between five and six o’clock. I have to concentrate on the road because the rain is pelting down. My wipers are going furiously and water has pooled in … Continue reading

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Getting older: Crunch time

At first I was going to call this post “Getting Old,” but that was too blunt. I couldn’t accept it. Soon I will have another birthday and it will be #57. I’m sure that for a long time, I would … Continue reading

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Memorabilia from the 1932 Olympics: Photo blog

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about keeping artifacts in a digital age. (Read here.) I thought about this because an old running friend of mine, Ross Patterson, recently mailed me three old documents from Toronto. His … Continue reading

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Sexual jealousy and what I learned about sex from a 1946 children’s book

I’m not telling you what book it is yet. Your choice: read on or skim. An old cliché calls jealousy “the green-eyed monster” and never is that monster more emerald-eyed and sharp-fanged than when it’s sexual jealousy. A friend of … Continue reading

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Anaïs Nin describes her LSD trip, natural highs, and the transformative role of the artist

Reading The Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume Five 1947–1955 Recently I finished rereading the fifth volume of The Diary of Anaïs Nin.  I had picked it  off my bookshelf months ago when I had nothing new to read; perhaps I … Continue reading

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Personality types of elite (or fanatical) runners: Do you recognize yourself?

From my years of competing at a national and international level, I’ve concluded that elite runners usually possess one of a few distinct personality types. In addition, they have different motivations for training hard and making it to the top … Continue reading

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Bodily integrity, spiritual integrity

I’ve been thinking of what I wrote in a recent post about “my body’s integrity.” I defined this as “the basic confidence that everything is working, that all the parts and systems are functioning together as they should.” I also went … Continue reading

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Sport watches part II: Is there really a coach inside the watch?

I finally broke down and bought my first GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner 10, after 38 years of running successfully (for much of that time at an elite level) with nothing more sophisticated than a Timex chronograph watch. Recently I’ve … Continue reading

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