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Kristen R: December Reflections No. 4 – What’s a Bad Week for an Optimist?

Here’s the deal: I assumed by this time this week I would be just about one long run away from hitting the 1,000-mile mark. Well, guess what? I am still 25+ miles away. And it’s all because of some pretty … Continue reading

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Kristen R: December Reflections No. 2 – The Art of Planning Your Runs

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year is planning for my daily running. Sometimes, these plans just fall into place perfectly. Other times, well, life as a mom, wife, friend, daughter and someone susceptible to illness can put … Continue reading

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Kristen R: December Reflections – No. 1

I cannot believe the last month of 2013 has arrived. I keep saying to myself, “Finally, it’s here,” while also thinking, “December is here¬†already?”¬†It’s a strange, conflicting feeling. Never have I recorded pieces of my life in regular snippets as … Continue reading

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Claire: Symbolism, Part 1

When I teach symbol analysis in my classes, my technique is to have students draw a T chart and list the literal details (using actual quotations) an author uses to describe an object on one side of the chart, then … Continue reading

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Claire: The “M” Word

This morning, I told Newman that a co-worker had noticed a diamond ring I’ve been wearing on my right hand for months; she asked if I had gotten engaged and seemed a wee bit disappointed when I explained it was … Continue reading

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Kristen R: Training Week 4 – Deviating from the Plan

The end of this week feels so surreal and I know that trying to find the words to express my emotions will not do it justice. I didn’t intend to deviate from my training schedule this week. Life, as it … Continue reading

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Claire: Finding My Way

What is our job or duty when there is so much sadness and pain in the world? I asked Newman this question last week as we sat together in front of a campfire. I had been experiencing waves of sadness … Continue reading

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