Category Archives: Personal stories

How Big is Big?

Expanding my world in 1966 and 2019 One thing I’ve realized as I’ve grown older is that I have yet to grow up. When I was a kid, 20 years old was a huge, far-off age. Twenty meant being grown … Continue reading

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Finding my way out of writer’s block with photography: a photo journal

    I’ve been trying to puzzle out why I haven’t been able to write much in the past year or two. What is the cause of my writer’s block? There are all kinds of uncertainty involved. I have nothing … Continue reading

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What is an “ideal” professional runner?

What is the role of a professional runner? Becoming a professional runner requires talent, hard training, and good coaching. Running is a simple and democratic sport compared to other sports; you need no special equipment and you can run almost … Continue reading

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WordNerds: Making a big foofaraw about Lionel Shriver’s Property

Property: Stories Between Two Novellas A few days ago my better half, Keith, sent me a text containing the word “foofaraw.” Now Keith is not a professional wordsmith, but he’s got a good vocabulary and he’s always eager to learn … Continue reading

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Burnaby Lake 10K: connecting with the runner I used to be

Labour Day run at Burnaby Lake Summer is the season I love the most, the time I thrive like the roses that are my favourite flowers. In Vancouver the season has changed, and our summer of unprecedented heat and smoke … Continue reading

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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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Joy of summer workouts #1: a perfect run

Yesterday I started my run in Mundy Park at 6:45. It was still fresh and cool. I was running in the shade, and the early rays of sunlight filtering through the leaves were still benign. Nonetheless, after ten minutes of … Continue reading

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Still friends, but not neighbours: saying goodbye to Doug Alward

I recently had to say goodbye to one of my close friends. Doug has been a challenging training partner and a loyal friend to me for over 20 years. He has moved to Penticton where his father and many other … Continue reading

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Imagining the future: growing into old age

  I hesitated and actually cringed before typing the words “old age.” There is a big part of me that rebels against even thinking about “the dying of the light.” (This is from Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle … Continue reading

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The peacefulness of snow

Snow is wonderful if You don’t have to drive . . . . . . or have a vehicle equipped for battle. You are a skier. February 23, 2018 After successfully driving up the slight incline out of my apartment … Continue reading

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