Running in the 'Meda: Big-league mishaps

I don't often write about the top levels of competitive running, since most of us are so far removed from it. It seems like something from another planet. But this past week in Beijing, the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships have been going on.

Many top track & field athletes think of this meet as even more prestigious than the Olympics (perhaps because it is only track & field, not all those other sports). Monday and Tuesday each included unusual occurrences, both involving American women. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Big-league mishaps

Amblin' Alameda: E-Tree

My days all include a little time for checking Facebook, right after I go through my e-mails. Facebook is the primary way I can watch the development of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren so it's of enormous value to me - so much so that I forgive it the crude attempts to sell me things or snag my attention with scantily clad young women and the occasional lurid headlines. It is also a very effective method of building communities. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: E-Tree

Running in the 'Meda: Taking action on a fitness routine

I heard someone this past week refer to the old saying (a prayer, originally, now often used by organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous) about accepting what you can't control and having courage to take action to control what you can. This is an important concept in physical fitness and comes up in many contexts. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Taking action on a fitness routine

Amblin' Alameda: Hot enough for you?

Our lives are complex arrangements that usually take all our time to maintain. Work, school, home care, shopping, maintenance - just getting everything done is a challenge and usually consumes our attention. Until Mother Nature stirs, and then our attention is quickly concentrated, usually on the weather. So here comes another heat wave, another lesson on how Big Mama can command our focus by just pushing the temperature up a few degrees. Whew. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Hot enough for you?

Amblin' Alameda: Cat life

One of our two cats - Bessie - has diabetes. We're currently settled into a routine: fill her bowl first thing in the morning and then inject one unit of insulin around the nape of her neck. This does seem to be controlling the symptoms - excessive urination being the most obvious - and since she shows no signs of minding the needle, we both go about our business of dealing with the disease methodically. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Cat life

Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Physical events

Physical events become more meaningful as we age. What may have seemed minor when we were younger takes on an added perspective because the consequences are usually more significant.

It was Saturday, January 19 - National Service Day, a holiday encouraging people to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., whose official day of recognition was the following Monday. Ari and Isaac were coming over to spend the night and they were being dropped off after lunch. Read more >> about Aging Gracefully (Or Not): Physical events