Category Archives: Original Writing

My Eclipse Day

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Studying the map for the August 21 total solar eclipse, I realize I was only about 300 miles from the path of totality (where the moon’s shadow completely covers the sun), or about a half day’s drive.  I’d never seen a total eclipse before, so I

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Mountain Climbing 101

For some reason, I can’t import any of my photos into this article.  Photos are on my Facebook page.   Several weeks after I’d signed up for my Africa trip, the travel agency called me.  “Would you like to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?” I thought that sounded like  a real adventure.  At my age, this would

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The Amazing Maasai

In my last post, I mentioned traveling to Kenya as a kind of homage to all the great runners who have come from that region.  Not only did I get to see some iconic wildlife up close and personal, but I supported girls’ education by participating in the Amazing Maasai Marathon (http://www.marathontours.com/races/amazing-maasai-marathon-333). The Maasai tribe

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Thoughts on World Travel

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Kenya and Tanzania, which I will write about in the upcoming weeks. I describe this trip as amazing because it was both ambitious and exotic, visiting places most people never see.  This is a shame because these people have proud cultures stretching back thousands of years, and

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It’s The People You Meet

In preparing for another major trip overseas this summer, I thought back to November 2012, when I was in Athens, Greece.  This was a marathon trip, paying homage to where it all started by running on the Olympic course from the Plains of Marathon to the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Athens. Athens was

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Definitely Not Fading Away

The June 2017 issue of Runner’s World magazine has an article that caught my eye.  It’s entitled “Not Fading Away” about runners age 50 and older, which is definitely me.  Included are “Tips for Running In Your Later Years”, like “Backing Off” and running on soft surfaces.  But what really got my attention was that

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Original Story — The Personality Test

In February, I mentioned the nice folks at Bewildering Stories published another short story of mine in issue #701 (http://bewilderingstories.com/issue701/personality_test.html).   If somehow you couldn’t access it then, I’m repeating it here today.     The Personality Test “Ah!  Mr. Young.  I’ve been looking forward to this.”  The diminutive man sporting a tasteful suit and huge

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