Category Archives: family

Nutella as a sports team snack: Cutting the cost

What’s the best way to dispense Nutella as a sports team snack? When Ben asked for Nutella and bagels when it was our turn to provide the cross country snack, my first impulse was to go with a giant package … Continue reading

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A new need for cycling speed

There’s nothing like  a newly activated driver’s license in the family to ramp up my interest in cycling. And the more I ride to actually get somewhere — rather than just for fun and fitness – the more motivated I … Continue reading

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Cool pool a fitness multi-tasker’s dream

You gotta love it when your kids’ new favorite place to swim just happens to be your favorite place to work out. The girls already loved going to the Jorgensen YMCA because it’s got so many kid-friendly options, including a … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: Triathlon training

I never knew road bikes were so fun to ride. I feel like an adult getting on mom’s big 26er bike. I was surprised at how little effort it took to go fast on that bike. I can ride faster … Continue reading

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Reflections on a run: Seeing patterns in life and death

I was planning to visit the funeral home last night to pay my respects to Uncle Hubert, but I’d left my keys in Rowan’s van and they rode back to Manchester University with her. Bob drove over after work to … Continue reading

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A super cool Mother’s Day gift

My husband stopped buying me presents years ago because I’m the world’s worst gift recipient. I overanalyze everything, fret about the cost and consistently fail to display the proper amount of unbridled joy (even when I try really hard).   … Continue reading

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The restorative power of holding a newborn

There’s nothing better to get you out of funeral mode than holding a brand new baby. My brother Brent and his wife Darcy had a little boy yesterday, Kobi Matthew, and Colleen and I got to hold him when he … Continue reading

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Hoosier hysteria, the active woman’s girdle and other funeral notes

After last fall’s debate about whether runners and cyclists should stop for a funeral procession  — and my sister’s memory of how moved she was when a farmer stopped his tractor in the field — I couldn’t help watching for … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Uncle Dan

  Today we’ll bury an honorable man in a tiny church cemetery across the road from his farm. Where he can keep an eye on things. Because that’s the kind of guy Uncle Dan was. It’s easy to picture him … Continue reading

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A kid’s point of view: comfy shoes + no more cast!

My new Nike Pegasus 30 shoes are awesome!!! I didn’t realize how bad my old Adizeros were until I tried good shoes on. My Pegasus are the best shoes I’ve ever had!! They have AMAZING cushion and support. I also … Continue reading

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