She rides again 2

After a successful summer last year of riding horses and loving the stables, and a fall show series that she seemed to love, m became skittish of the horses and the stables in the spring. She had a couple of falls, and the horse she had been riding—the horse she adored—had become too much for ...

The Spirit of the Run 2

The Spirit of the Run
Last year I ran, along with some of my former co-workers, the Staten Island Half Marathon. Afterwards my daughter and her “sister” ran the kids’ race. It was a great experience for me not least because for me it was one of my fastest half-marathons—and I completed the race while singing and thoroughly enjoying myself. ...

Hitting on an Actress 1

Hitting on an Actress
I arrived at the second rehearsal studio for Breathing Under Dirt on a Tuesday with two kids and enough stuff to keep them occupied for hours. I shook hands with the director, Grant Aleksander, and he introduced me to Tina Sloan and Cynthia Watros, two of the other stars of both the play and Guiding ...

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou 1

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou
Our final city in China had a lot more going for it running-wise. Guangzhou was by far the cleanest city that we had visited thanks in part to being fairly close to water. High ocean winds seem to blow the pollution further inland. The air was clear, the sky actually blue, and even with the ...

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan 1

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan
Here’s something I found out about pollution in China: it’s worse outside of the major cities. Taiyuan is the capital of Shanxi province, and with a population of 4.2 million souls it is far from a small town. But surrounded by coal mines and coal burning power plants, Taiyuan has pollution even worse than Beijing ...

Running in China, part 1 1

Whenever I visit a new city I like to explore it on foot. I get out of bed while my family is still asleep, tie on my running shoes and slip out the door quietly. Runs in a new city are hardly every training runs. I don’t plan on a certain distance or focus on ...

Returning Home to Real Life 2

Returning Home to Real Life
Our last few days in China dragged. I wrote about the adoption reality show, and lamented that all any of us wanted was to get home and start our lives together. Still, one thing that is nice about being in a place like that, about living out of hotels and having your life reduced to ...