Vegan Succotash Chowder

Some ideas for recipes just come to me on a whim, like when I’m on a run. That’s how the idea for this chowder developed.  Succotash was one of those vegetable side dishes I grew up with that I had to learn to love, but once I did, it became a comfort food. Nostalgia canContinue reading “Vegan Succotash Chowder”

A Dozen Life Lessons I Taught My Daughters

My themes of parenthood Motherhood was not something I truly contemplated. I just assumed that I would be one someday. It’s an expected part of life as a woman, at least of one my age. (I’m pushing 50.) That being said, I was lucky enough to give birth to two amazing daughters with an equallyContinue reading “A Dozen Life Lessons I Taught My Daughters”

That’s a Wrap!

My year in running in 2022 Oh, this sport. Running has been a part of my life now for 10 years. For 8 of those, I have run at least one spring half marathon and a fall full marathon. This year was no exception. Adding to my activities were a few leadership roles. And despiteContinue reading “That’s a Wrap!”

On Becoming the Other Side of the Sandwich

When your time in the “middle” of the sandwich generation is running out We lost my father-in-law in October. His passing, although challenging, was expected. It was a slow process that really began 6 years ago when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. We watched helplessly as the disease robbed pieces of him from us bitContinue reading “On Becoming the Other Side of the Sandwich”

The Power of Empathy

Why healthcare providers need this superpower I woke up one morning, looking over toward the bathroom of my apartment. I took a glance at an object that wasn’t supposed to be there: a wheelchair. My overstudied brain suddenly recalled that on that day, I was supposed to be a paraplegic.  The simple task of gettingContinue reading “The Power of Empathy”

The Biggest Losers

And why do they keep trying to change the rules?  I felt a bit of relief after the midterm elections. The red tsunami the Republicans promised was more of a gentle lap of a manmade pond.  What saved us from the big wave? The massive turnout of young voters. It’s estimated that nearly 30% ofContinue reading “The Biggest Losers”

Is the Endurance Running Community Elitist?

It depends on who you ask.  I recently wrote an article about inclusion in the Richmond running community that was published in Miles and Minutes, the quarterly magazine for my local run club, which I also help edit.  In my research for this article, I touched on many aspects of inclusion: ableism, fat shaming, ageism,Continue reading “Is the Endurance Running Community Elitist?”

The Spice and Tea Exchange: Williamsburg

A Review My older daughter and I took a trip to Williamsburg to do some holiday shopping. Since we were in town, we had to make our mandatory visit to the Cheese Shop in Merchant’s Square. (Don’t worry. I didn’t suddenly decide to take up dairy again. They sell more than cheese!) As we enjoyedContinue reading “The Spice and Tea Exchange: Williamsburg”

There’s a Butter Dish for That!

The magic of cleaning up leftovers “I’ve got a butter dish for that!” your auntie exclaims as you assemble in the kitchen with the rest of the family who are courageous enough to help clean up this year’s colossal holiday family feast.  At this point in my life, there’s still an older grown-up at aContinue reading “There’s a Butter Dish for That!”

Want to Inspire a Runner in Your Life this Holiday Season?

Try gifting a great book about running! Buying gifts for a runner can be challenging. Really, they may have already bought all the things they need. Between new shoes and gear, free race shirts, and all the gels and salt tabs, it may seem like they need nothing! Sometimes a great book about running orContinue reading “Want to Inspire a Runner in Your Life this Holiday Season?”