She persisted.

I am developing this in celebration of Women’s History Month and in response to two recent events: Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s statement regarding his use of the procedural right to cut short Elizabeth Warren’s speech against Jeff Session’s nomination for attorney general: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” A […]

Fallen angel.

It began as a not-torqued brain day. I knew it as I lay on the pull-out couch, even before I opened my eyes. Sign #1: The window in my in-laws’ basement does not have light-blocking curtains, but the brightness did not anger me. It was quiet. Only the soft hum and whistle of my husband […]

Reflections: An Evening of Memoir

  I have been invited by Jersey City Writers to read at Reflections: An Evening of Memoir. Date and time: Wednesday, June 17, 7-9 pm. I am scheduled to read at 7:20-ish. Location: The Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright Street, Jersey City. Hope to see you there.

Random observations from my morning run.

The new normal I get lost a lot because of my PTSD, even in familiar places. I never know when my sense of direction and memory of where I’ve been and where I’m going will abandon me. I use street maps in my own city and recite the names of the streets I’ll take every […]

Bravery?

“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” — Talking Heads   It was 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Ru Freeman and Jamaica Kincaid sat on a stage and talked. I sat in the front row and took notes in my “writing” notebook, i.e., the one only for information essential to […]

Yes Or No?

Saturday, December 15: Being nice is a choice. This morning I waited to dart-and-dodge across the six lanes of Route 139 and get my run started. I savored the moment’s perfectness: it was well before 9:00 a.m., clear, sunny, dry pavement, no wind. My legs felt fresh, and I was comfortable in my high-tech, wick-away-the-stench […]

The visitation.

La Virgencita spoke to me today. It’s true. I had to tell somebody, and I know my husband B won’t believe me. Please don’t give me that look. It really happened, this morning, in my bedroom, as I was getting ready for my run. My Virgencita medallion felt glued to the dresser when I tried […]

Leave it on the road.

  Regret weighs more than disappointment. I was a ruthless runner. Sub-seven minute miles and qualifying for the Boston marathon were my driving goals, and my motto was “Leave it on the road”. I gave my all in every run, whether it was a morning five-miler, a 5K for a local charity, or the NYC […]

Happy Feet.

A runner’s feet pound the ground an average of 1,500 times per mile — making shoes a runner’s most important piece of gear. Selecting the proper shoe from among the available variety, and the marketing hype, is a challenge for new and seasoned runners. A good first step Start by identifying individual factors such as […]