Tuesday, 3/17/20

Craig Leener, a great friend in Southern California, is interviewed on NPR.

His books are available on Amazon, $9.99 for the paper, $4.99 on Kindle. I read the first book three times.

Quick story. Vince McGrath, a fellow runner, and I organized the first Beast race, a 4.86 mile, 2000 foot climb to the peak of a prominent mountain in Santa Clarita, CA. At the top, on a (rare) clear day, you could see Catalina.

Leener, a local sportswriter, not a runner, and two other journalists hiked the Beast and publicized the event. Thereafter, on the second Saturday in December, the event attracted a lot of runners. We charged a fee and provided a cool Beast shirt. Every cent collected went to the local Food Pantry, over $5,000. We could do that because Leener leaned on his entrepreneurial brother to contribute the shirts. I still wear my last one on runs alongside the Willamette River.

Saturday, 3/14/20

Ode to Joy

Wednesday, 3/11/20


I’m here to help.

Sunday, 3/8/20

He Held a Plank for More Than 8 Hours

Saturday, 3/7/20

Running links from the New York Times. Lots about the Coronavirus.

Better reading in Leo Damrosch’s The Club: Johnson, Boswell and the Friends Who Shaped an Age. …We’ve all been members of a club, a regular post run coffee group, lunch, or dinner regulars. Johnson’s club might be the greatest ever. By invitation only, all members must agree. Samuel Johnson group met for dinner, drinks, and talk every Friday night at the same place. It included James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Josiah Reynolds, David Garrick, Edward Gibbon, and Adam Smith. …Yes, just heterosexual old white guys. Presumably misogynist, racist, homophobic, etc.

Thursday, 3/5/20

Q&A with Usain Bolt

Remembering Kobe with Respect, Not Adulation

Tuesday, 3/3/20

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse


Just teens? What about adult addiction (can’t stop/ won’t stop) to drugs, alcohol, bad food, junk media?

Friday, 2/28/20

Joyas Volardores

Thursday, 2/27/20

I Did Trail Work Once and Felt Smug for a Lifetime

Monday, 2/24/20

An Aging Marathoner Tries to Run Fast After 40