Category Archives: Vignettes

Little pieces: why write vignettes?

What is a vignette? The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd. ed.) says: vignette 1a a brief descriptive account, anecdote, essay, or character sketch. At times I’ve questioned whether or not I should publish a piece of writing on my blog. I’ve … Continue reading

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Beauty Behind the Madness: high in the fog

February 2016 I was pumped from the gym. I’d done my whole workout while listening to a new album I’d just downloaded from iTunes: The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness. The Weeknd is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a Canadian-born singer-songwriter of … Continue reading

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Riding into the hail: another little cycling tale

Last Tuesday was my final day to spend time with my parents in Toronto. I was eager to get out for a bike ride before sitting for five hours on the flight back to Vancouver. Last year my brothers had … Continue reading

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A lucky bike crash

I’ve had lots of luck as a cyclist. Last spring, I had my second flat ever in about 40 years of cycling (and that included years when I had running injuries and was riding a lot!). My luck is especially … Continue reading

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Pretending to run like a kid on the soccer field

My arthritic knee was more cooperative than usual in September and October. I even managed to do two or three “real” workouts with my Phoenix club in Mundy Park. Those times are rare for me now; it’s a kind of ecstasy … Continue reading

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In praise of older men (and roses!)

Two days ago I was alone in the running store. It was early afternoon; there had been few customers, and the sunlight of a mild September day was flooding in, adding to the store’s peaceful, sleepy atmosphere. All of a … Continue reading

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Getting rich from running again?

Encouraging words from a young barista This morning I walked into my neighbourhood Starbucks at 6:31 a.m. I was surely the first person there since they don’t open until 6:30 on Sundays. The baristas there all know me. I’m that skinny … Continue reading

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Today is the best day of your life

Today, as a customer walked purposefully through the running store towards the shoe wall, I acknowledged him with a simple, “Good afternoon.” He said, “How are you today?” “Good, how are you?” “Today is the best day of my life!” … Continue reading

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It’s all about the bike

This morning I knew I had to complete my bike ride in less than 45 minutes to make it to West Van in time to help Keith videotape the Ambleside Mile. I was feeling pretty good, so I decided I’d … Continue reading

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Eleanor Wachtel explores identity, relationships, and writing with Jackie Kay

Yesterday evening I had a near-mystical experience of closeness—the kind of closeness you can have when you are alone, yet deeply connected in some way to others. I was listening to Eleanor Wachtel’s “Writers & Company” on CBC’s radio one. … Continue reading

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