ON WATCHING BOSTON RUN

You know, I can’t watch the Boston Marathon without tears running down my face — there’s so much bravery, strength, dedication, pain and heart on display – international runners, wheelchair runners. people pushing their kids and running. I love this race. I always wanted to run in it.

But let’s be honest. I watched it in an easy chair while eating chips.

Then I did something I never do — I went downstairs to my office and dug out the old, crumbling, yellowed file that holds the remnants of my own racing career. You have to touch the certificates gently because they fall apart so easily.

But once upon a time, as they say, I ran a marathon in Panama. It was on May 21, 1983, and my time — wait for it — was 5:56:16. Yes, that’s a long, long time to run, and if I remember correctly the other finishers, their friends and their families had been hitting the beer for quite a while by the time I pulled in.

Undeterred, on December 10,1983 I ran a second one in 5:04:48. Not so bad, I think.

The file also has certificates for triathlons, 24-hour races and a variety of short distance races. I don’t think — no, I’m certain — I never won a race. But I love the people of the Panamanian Corredores Del Istmo (Isthmus Road Runners), and if it’s not too late, I’d like to thank them all for letting me have such a wonderful experience.

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CHOPPED LIVER AND THE HIGH HOLY DAYS

On the High Holy Days when I was a little girl, my most important job was to chop the liver.

Now, as you might know, chopped liver occupies a special place in the Jewish heart.

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BEARS: IT’S THEIR WORLD; WE JUST LIVE IN IT

(I was honored to be asked to contribute a piece to our town’s excellent newsletter, Views of Dummerston. So along with the news that our librarian was stepping down, information about help with home weatherization and an informative piece on Dummerston geology, this piece appeared in the Summer 2013 issue. I’m adding some photos — by Randy Holhut, of course.)

Bear 1Bear 2Bear 3They suggested that I write about bears and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

It used to be that whenever I saw a truck bearing (heh heh) the bumper sticker “A fed bear is a dead bear,” I would nod my head in smug self-congratulation. After all, Randy and I live deep in the Dummerston woods, and we know enough not to feed the bears. But it’s not that simple.

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KITTY EMERITUS

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Our cat has apparently retired.

She’s only 10, so it’s a very early retirement. Maybe she’s getting social security checks every fourth Wednesday from that Great Whisker in the Skies? I don’t know, but she’s definitely stopped working. Continue reading “KITTY EMERITUS” »

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