Category Archives: Personal stories

A perfect Easter morning ride

Preamble (you should probably skip this) Several times last weekend (Easter weekend) I found myself feeling quietly depressed and oddly unmotivated to work or write. Holidays can provoke the swirling up of suppressed emotions in many of us. I was … Continue reading

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The “senior” athlete: finding a new equilibrium

In my last post, I wrote about my “accelerating physical decline,” and how difficult it is to come to terms with that. Also, I raised the question of how my public identity has been tied for so long to my … Continue reading

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My worst Sasamat Lake bike ride ever

For a month or so I was hardly on my bike at all because almost every day was cold and rainy. January has been better. A couple of weeks ago I finally got back to one of my most regular … Continue reading

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Spirit of a Rose

I am close to letting go of this year’s roses. I have three rosebushes. One is deep red, and arrived with a description highlighting its “incredible fragrance.” My second rose variety is called “Grande Dame,” and it produces giant, dark … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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