Category Archives: Commentary

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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Fitbit or Fitcat: Which is right for you?

Fitbit wristbands are very hot right now. These devices can give geeks and stats freaks lots of numbers to play with, as they monitor their wearer’s activities and sleep 24/7. For those of you who are worried that Fitbit might … Continue reading

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