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Remembering Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

Excerpts from today’s post are from two years ago on Memorial Day weekend… On this Memorial Day weekend, let us not forget those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live freely in this beautiful country. May God bless our nation’s heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery. My friend Jim recently posted […]

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Racing and Celebrating on Cinco de Mayo

It’s time to sit down once again and chat about things other than just running and training. Today’s focus, though, will mostly be about the race I’m about to run…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that today at 8:15 AM, I will be lining up to run in the Fiesta 5K, a […]

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A Lifetime Of Christmas Memories And Traditions

When I think about my favorite Christmas traditions, I often conjure up memories from my childhood. Over the years, though, Bill and I have created new customs of our own, and today I’m sharing my ten all-time favorite memories…   1. My earliest Christmas memories start with my brother and me helping my dad find the […]

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A Little Girl, A Big Forest, And Finding The Perfect Christmas Tree

As a couple, Bill and I have never gone out and cut down a Christmas tree.  For several years, we purchased our Christmas tree from a nursery, but then we started buying them from our local volunteer fire department.  I reasoned that the fire department would surely sell the freshest-cut trees in town.  Looking back, […]

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Feeling Grateful This Thanksgiving

My heart is full! Joseph, Julie, Daniel, and Jess arrived at our house yesterday evening, and once again our home is filled with the energy of youth. As children grow up and leave the nest, holidays become all the sweeter with their return visits home. I had no idea that having adult children would be so fun, […]

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Where do you start when recapping a incredibly fun weekend you’d been planning for eleven months? I’m going to start where it all began… At a Christmas party last December, the fact that I would be turning sixty this November came up, and I suggested inviting my running friends to our family beach house for […]

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Celebrating Big With A Birthday Letter To Myself

Three years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with an age correction in the first paragraph and the annual addition… Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the whole month of November because I’ve […]

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Last week Bill and I pulled up stakes and moved to Chicago… for a week. We snagged a short-term rental on the 29th floor of our son and daughter-in-law’s building and quickly realized that we could get used to living in the city. Seriously, couldn’t you get used to falling asleep to this view every night? Our […]

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Promise Food, And They Will Come – Cruisers’ Easter Bunny Hop

Under gray skies and pretty close to perfect running temperatures, the Cruisers and I met this morning for our eighth annual Easter Bunny Hop. Even though I can’t always get the Cruisers out of bed early enough to meet me for regular Saturday morning runs, they’ll come if I promise to feed them!  It’s an annual labor […]

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How To Throw An Italian Dinner Party

This is one of my favorite Deb Runs non-running posts, edited slightly to update for tonight’s big event…   Tonight is our annual Italian Dinner Party – a night in February where I can shine and make my husband both happy and proud – happy that he’s getting a good home cooked meal; and proud that I try […]

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Merry Christmas, My Friends!

Joy To The World! The Lord Has Come Let Earth Receive Her King…       Merry Christmas, My Friends!   Questions: Are you going to be with family today? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you usually do on December 25 since most businesses are closed? Did you run today?  

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Finding The Perfect Christmas Tree

From December 22, 2014… As a couple, Bill and I have never gone out and cut down a Christmas tree.  For several years, we purchased our Christmas tree from a nursery, but then we started buying them from our local volunteer fire department.  I reasoned that the fire department would surely sell the freshest-cut trees […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings

My heart is full! Joseph, Julie, Daniel, and Jess arrived at our house yesterday afternoon, and once again our home is filled with the energy of youth. As children grow up and leave the nest, holidays become all the sweeter with their return visits home. We are truly blessed. I have always loved Thanksgiving….. A time to reflect and be […]

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Two years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself, and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my annual additions… Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the whole month of November because I’ve earned it.  To celebrate my 56 years of […]

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Happily Ever After

There once was a college freshman who threw a snowball at the window of a nearby dorm. Even though she didn’t know it at the time, inside that room was her prince charming. She started dating the cute guy inside that dorm room and five years later they got married. The wedding was in a tiny church way out in […]

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“Six Months Later, All I Feel Is Pride”

With tears in my eyes, I read this poem written by a sixteen-year-old I’ve never met. Her words were riveting and raw, and I felt her pain and pride as if it were my own. It’s obvious this young lady comes from a very loving family whose parents are doing things right; and it’s not hard to see […]

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Another Epic Easter Bunny Hop Is In The Books!

This morning the Cruisers and I met for our seventy almost-annual Easter Bunny Hop. We’ve been celebrating Easter with a bunny hop since 2009, and last year was the only year that another running event kept us from being able to meet. The day before our run requires some shopping and basket assembly on my part […]

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‘Twas The Night Before Santa’s Race

‘Twas the night before race day when all through the town Not a runner was stirring, they were all lying down.  Their shoes were placed by the back door with care In hopes new PR’s would soon be theirs. The Cruisers were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of age group wins danced in their heads. And […]

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