My 5 Worst Running Injuries

5. May-June ’99: Kwai, Botswana Injury & Cause: Some kind of unknown strain in foot occurring one day while racing kids on a dirt road in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Don’t remember how long without running at all, but this thing lingered into the beginning of cross country season and I had to…


So, what should I do now that I have an excuse not to run for a while? I eagerly began my gym training today. I don’t know yet what the best plan is, but I’m hatching plans left and right. One footed biking? Rowing? (But no machine in my gym) I need cardio. Can’t use…

6th Time’s a Charm, Right?

In the dark of night, they were coming for me. I didn’t know how close they were, but in that sixth attempt, I wanted it badly. I went out in the driver’s seat, as my tenth grade student runner Tony had done in last month’s race. Typically, I don’t lead from the gun. I build….

He is inhuman.

Near Death

Cut to the roots I never even knew Decaying each day Now, it is dying It is all dying


Our new 6th graders seem so delightful. “Bye bye,” many said as they departed class this afternoon. This was after several students practically shouted for joy when I told them we would get our textbooks tomorrow. Good signs?

He is Evil

His destruction knows no bounds His only legacy now will be narcissistic greed The evil that men do lives on and on

Treasures Lost

We’ve lost another place which helped make Shanghai a special place. At the back of a hidden courtyard across from my Indian joint…A quirky Japanese cafe, half indoors/half outdoors. Plastered in miscellaneous imagery from Japan. Here in early July. Now, smashed up. Canopy torn down. Tables gone. Glass stairs from mother restaurant next door smashed…

1 Way Ticket

August 20th. Usually at this time I either have a ticket back to NYC, or am driving there. But this year–like last–it’s a one way ticket to China. It’s astounding to think about how this is the permanent vacation I strategically laid the foundation for, just over a year ago. It’s been a wild ride…