teddy roosevelt knew.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Get Off My Lawn.

My Creed

In some way, however small and secret, each of us is a little mad…

Everyone is lonely at bottom and tries to be understood;

but we can never entirely understand someone else,

and each of us remains part stranger even to those who love us…

It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness is be expected only from the strong…

Those who do not know fear are not really brave,

for courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined…

You can understand people better if you look at them–

no matter how old or impressive they may be–

as if they are children.  

For most of us never mature; we simply grow taller…

Happiness comes only when we put our brains

and hearts to the farthes reaches of which we are capable…

The purpose of life is to matter–to count,

to stand for something,

to have it make some difference that we lived at all.

What’s Your Sentence?


What’s your sentence?

Was I better today than yesterday?

Today I did something really hard.  And I did it with a lot of help from a lot of people …who love me.  A lot.  I walked into something with dignity and grace.  But.  I did it alone.

I woke with determination and mapped out my day.  I faced the hard thing.

I had sushi with one of my favorite gal pals who has shown me that nothing is impossible…I taught my homeroom period from Starbucks.  My students and I had to stop because of the four alarm fire…but there we were.  In this virtual world talking about important things.  Together.

I came home and picked up #1 from Soccer, and took #2 to Football and took #1 to Boy Scouts.  And tonight I get to see Harley Guy…riding into my town on his machine.

And I look around at unpacked boxes for work, and running shoes, and dogs and the neverending need for food for hungry boys…and I am clearly blessed, even in the toughest of times.

So, when I saw this video tonight, I wondered…what is my sentence?

I think it is this:

She loved with her whole heart, and landed in the most interesting places.  


So, when I ask if I was better today than yesterday, I will measure it by the love I gave.  The tough love and the sweetness and the doing things when you don’t want to do them love.  Making time when there is no time…This my friends, is my sentence.  To love more, and to love fully.

Carry on.

pinterest. me.

I have a new obsession.  Anyone who’s known me any length of time, knows that I get them, and I get them often.

I found a site, new to me, last week.  Pinterest is a site where you make collages, sort of a virtual pinup board of stuff you like.  What makes it different, is that when you set up your boards (anything you want, and unlimited amount), and you pin pictures to boards, you will be directed to the original website where the photo was found.  So, that cool pair of Mizunos?  You like them, and see them on a site during a search, but don’t have time to research the shoe.  You pin it, and can look later…

It’s much like web surfing, and browsing, but if you’re anything like me, you remember that cool vacation spot with all the shells on the beach, and save the photo to your pictures…but then cannot access that exact site because, um, you forgot where it was on the web.  You also install a PIN IT into your bookmark bar, and then while on a site, you click it, and it will take you to images for you to pin.  VERY easy and user friendly.

So, today, I show you the boards I curated on Pinterest. In between careers and houses and all kinds of stuff, I’m using Pinterest to motivate me.  If you click on each photo, it will take you to my boards on the site.

Stuff I like:  On this page, Marilyn Monroe, that tie, the shoes, the butterflies.  It’s my catchall board.

Peaceful jaunts:  New York station, quotes, trains to bring me my  man, sunsets, sunrises, vacations.

My passion for the Red Cross, a possible nursing career.  PICK YOUR BATTLES. Maidenform Bras.

Shows my love for my man + a jillion things I think about love.  Kissing, partnering, etc.  LOVE this.

Mom Stuff is about my boys, the Scouts, the infamous Chet, a feeling I get as a Mom…

Running Amok is my favorite place for gathering stuff about my favorite activity.

This takes me to the EXACT site for that coconut cake recipe.  Visuals, smells, these get me.

Okay, so sometimes I’m moody.  These shots express what I’m feeling when I’m a bit…stabby…or joyous.

I’m drawn to photography.  This collection helps me sort all the images I love.

So, while I’m receiving “thank you for applying but another candidate has been selected for this position” emails, and deciphering the welfare and unemployment system, holding onto my house for just one more day, and watching my great boys swim…while I’m riding the Amtrak to see my man, or baking cookies…I’m Pinteresting.

These images are selected, not merely collected.  I’m having a ball.  I’m LindaV1959.  Come play with me.

Kicking my own ass.

I ran a 5K this morning.  Not a race.  An amount.  3.1 miles.  I had a week off after the blood donation, so my goal this morning was not to stop.  And, I didn’t.  It was slow as hell, but I did it.  Throughout my run, I thought, “So who will I share this with?”  I thought of the many cute tweets I could have posted, or links to my workout, and then I thought, well.  I have no one.  No one  but me. Even my running partner and I are out of sync.  So, this post is for self motivation.  Feel free to add to it.

Motivation Tips.

  1. Consequences:  You are much closer to 200 pounds than you thought you would EVER be in a million years after your 4th marathon.
  2. Pleasure:  The feeling of my skin and blood buzzing.  This is good.
  3. Performance:  A 36:00 5k is shit.  Deal with it.
  4. Detailed instructions:  Time to get a real plan together on my own.   I have no daddy to write it for me.  Time to man up.
  5. Short & Long Term Goals:  Short term:  To run 5 miles on Friday.  Long Term:  To complete my 5th marathon in the fall.  Get a grip.
  6. Kindness:  Smile at other runners.  Wave at drivers.  Do NOT yell cuss words at people who drive into the intersection as you are running through it.
  7. Deadlines:  I start in May if I want a September marathon.  Deadline #1:  The Udder Run in June.  Toe that line.
  8. Team Spirit:  Okay, I have no Twitter or Facebook.  I have a running partner who is getting better, while I’m getting slower.  Could I actually join yet ANOTHER social network of runners?  It makes me tired just thinking about it.
  9. Recognize Achievement:  Okay, I ran 5k today.  I didn’t stop.  There ya go.
  10. Personal Stake:  See #1.  If the only reason to run is so I don’t balloon up again, that’s enough.
  11. Concentrate on outcomes:  Toeing the line.  Crossing the finish line.
  12. Trust & Respect:  Trust that I can do this.  Respect that I’m closer to menopause than I’d like, and respect that my body can and will do this.
  13. Creative challenges:  So, I can’t run a race right now.  Out of cash.  How about running to a McDonald’s for a coffee drink, instead of Starbucks.  How about put a dollar in a jar every day that I run.  Money.  It’s a theme.  Have you noticed?
  14. Constructive Criticism:  Instead of being depressed that I’m fat and old, how about reshaping my training?  How about removing the cookies?  How about THAT?
  15. Demand Improvement:  I ran a 12 minute mile today.  Maybe on Friday, it will be 11:45.  And so on.  I canNOT rest until I improve.
  16. Make it fun:  Better and different music.  Go to the gym and lift weights on alternate days.  Bike tires just got fixed.  Go for a ride.
  17. Create opportunities:  Find other moms who want to run.  Create Run Buddies for your son and others like him.  Help in other areas of the community.
  18. Communication:  At the very least, keep blogging.
  19. Make it stimulating:  Pick new routes.  Drive somewhere out of town and run.  Volunteer at a race.
  20. Stop whining:  You’ve had a month without a marathon.  Deal with it.  Either shut up or lace up.  You pick.
  21. And finally:
    My fingers are alive with ideas as I’m writing this.  Maybe this is the post that will get me unstuck.  Or maybe I’ll have another piece of chocolate.  In any event, staying still is not an option.
    Time to fly.

Women On the Rise

How many doors must I go through
These constant dreams that I pursue
I can see possibilities in you
Yea here we go again
Is this too good to be true?

I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile, and was in the spa reading Oprah’s 10th Anniversary Special, and came across O’s 10 Women On The Rise.  It highlighted some distinguished women who are really going places.  And, I started to think of the women that I blog and tweet with, and how each of us really are distinguished in our own homes, businesses and lives.  Maybe none of us is famous, but…we make an impact every day.


  • Miss Joy: Running Down A Dream~She is the primary caregiver for her Mom…and a great person and runner.
  • Shannon: The Way I See It~This is a woman who will hide dead bodies, clear hard drives, and delete emails for me if I go in a coma.  Everyone should have someone like that.
  • Ali: Confessions of a (Not so) Fat Runner~ This girl has had to fall down, get up and walk through things for her disabled son that none of us can imagine.  And, she does it everyday.
  • Cyndi: Rookie Runner: Reflections from the Back of the Pack~ Another girl running through tough life decisions, and yet…she keeps on plugging along…
  • TK:  Pigtails Flying~ Smoking fast runner, who just did London in 3:58, yeah…that’s a 3.  Plus, she has kickass music taste!
  • S: Runnrgrrl’s Blog~ She qualified for Boston on her first Marathon attempt.  But, more than that, she also walked through fire to get to where she is today.

These six women inspire me every day…So, I’m asking these questions, and tagging them to answer too:

  • Distinction: I’ve been teaching since 1981, School Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, 2 marriages, 2 beautiful boys, 2 crazy dogs…But the biggest distinction I want the world to know about me?  That I’m an amazing friend.  Because…I am.
  • What do you hope to accomplish over the next ten years? Definitely, I want to be able to send my boys to the college of their dreams…and to raise them right.  Personally, however, I’d like to Boston Qualify by the time I’m 60.
  • Do you have a Mantra? I have many.  My favorite Bible Verse, from 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27~

24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Also?  Run Fierce!

  • Any Regrets? Not a one.  That would mean I have to go live in the past.  I’ve made lots of mistakes, but each of them has brought me to this exact moment, so how could I regret them?
  • People would be surprised to learn that:  I once tried out for a play…as an adult.  I really wanted to try it…once.  I did, and I was exhausted!
  • If your House were on Fire, what one thing would you grab? My hard drive.  Sounds clinical, but it stores most of my pictures, which could not be replaced.
  • Fill in the Blank:  I wish I could:  PR on my next marathon.

Okay girls.  Your turn.