Panfilo

Panfilo runs for West Side–one of the top teams in the NYC area. He is strong, fast and healthy. See the “A” on Panfilo’s bib number? This means he starts up front in Central Park races. Which in turn means he is one of the faster runners around town. I pray his strength and endurance…

Charlie Forever

Dear Son–Charlie, We could not even see you at first. You were curled up in the back of the cage, behind the other really cute cat that everyone wanted. After he was pulled out, your first human Mom and I peered in, seeing you looking so helpless, eyesight obscured by redness. You looked so sick….

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…

The Icing 

The Icing.  More so than snow, it was the ice continuously pelting my face that made this morning’s run challenging.  I deliberately ran into the eye of the storm–straight to the ocean water’s edge on Orchard Beach. 50 mph winds there blasted ice pellets across my face.  “Please, Lord, lash me!” I cried out.  Lash…

Drifting

I am the lone boat —- Unmoored Drifting Alone.  Couples kiss, families laugh I walk alone.  The only One in the entire city, it seems Unfulfilled, and yet Life is still beautiful. 

What the F–k is Wrong With Me?!

My boy Charlie was right— Not this Charlie… these are the best of times and worst of times. Yes, as many of you all know, I had an amazing expedition to and through Asia this summer. As many of you may not know, I even got to embrace and kiss beautiful women in Thailand &…

5 Ways in Which New York City Differs from Japan

Featured image: NYC flag flying high at Tokyo’s DisneySea park. In NYC… 1. People talk on their phones, when possible, while on trains. ¬† 2. People, including myself, eat food while walking around. Pretzels, hot dogs (not me), food truck treats and other assorted items. Folks on trains do not hesitate to eat chicken wings…

5 Ways In Which Japan Differs from New York City

But first, about the featured image:Brooklyn establishments are hip in both places, as are young folk wearing “Brooklyn” t shirts. [this bar/restaurant is in Hakata, in southern Japan] In Japan… 1. As ambulances run through intersections the driver makes announcements via loud speaker, including: “Adigato go zai mas (thank you very much)..” 2. Ridged and…

Gotta Run!

A BIG thanks to Will Sanchez & crew for interviewing me today for Will’s “Gotta Run” TV and You Tube program (to be aired in late August or thereabouts). Here, I would like to share some photos from the television studio…

This is My Hand…

I have good blood circulation. Serves me well in distance running. Note how my wrist is out of proportion with my large hand. I broke this wrist once while lifting a soup pot in a soup kitchen in Melbourne, Florida. Broke this wrist once skateboarding on a quarter pipe ramp in Llyod Harbor, Long Island….

Debris

It’s where we watched United 93 last night and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off a few nights before. It’s a coffee table in disarray. My old flip phone lies alarm-ready near a glass of water from the night before. Stacks of reading materials, so normal for us. Pop’s shower soap, releasing its last drops.  An apartment…