Category Archives: Vignettes

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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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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bill bissett’s banana peels and slipping into a Zen moment

Just another rainy morning Last week, the weather forecasts for Vancouver were lousy, predicting rain or heavy rain every day. On one of those mornings I resigned myself to doing an indoor workout at the rec centre, figuring if I … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s collective depression and another hypothermic bike ride

I woke up this morning a little before 6:00, and registered some good things about the day. First, it was already starting to get light out. Secondly, it was a holiday—that meant no traffic noise. Instead, all I could hear … Continue reading

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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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