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3 Painful Lessons About Practice

Four weeks ago I ran and completed the 2013 Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon - a 13.1 mile jaunt through the highways and byways of Frederick County Maryland. Now mind you, the last time I had run a distance that far was early last summer before the birth of our son. Even though I'm in better shape than I was then - great cholesterol and blood ratios as well as a 31 lbs weight loss - I still had not been training or practicing for the distance. I signed up on a whim after a … [Read more...]

An Unexpected e-Mail of Encouragement

A few weeks ago I wrote here about some of the health issues I've been dealing with lately. As a general update, every week I'm feeling better and getting healthier. I plan to provide more specific results after the New Year. Since my first post on these health issues, I've received many well wishes of encouragement. Below is an e-mail that stood out because it came from a blogger buddy of mine who's living in Paraguay with his family. His name is Ken Hagerman. He's a missionary and … [Read more...]

Fighting the Good Fight – Against Myself

I recently shared about a sobering emergency room visit involving a cardiac issue I had. As a result of that visit, I've made some lifestyle changes  regarding how I eat and how I exercise to ensure healthier outcomes going forward. I've been on WeightWatchers for three weeks now and went to weigh-in this morning. As of today I've lost another -2.6 lbs for a total loss of -9.2 lbs. So far so good. Additionally, I've committed to exercising everyday. To help me in that regard, I … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Break a Creative Block

Creativity Takes Work Anyone who has done any kind of writing for an extended period of time will eventually experience some form of writer's block or creative dry spell. It simply comes with the territory. I used to be a news reporter with multiple deadlines throughout the day and had to deal with writer's block regularly. You might think it would be easy to write about "news of the day" but that's not always the case. That's especially true if I was assigned a low interest, low … [Read more...]