Anger is making the news every day. It comes in different forms: shootings and other violence, social media vitriol, and more. After yesterday’s shooting at the GOP baseball game, the Washington Post remarks today that the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was “always angry”. I think anger is a weird thing. It’s natural for every single person in the world, sometimes. It’s part of our make-up. But it’s not healthy to be angry all the time, to be resentful and jealous, to be so angry that one is constantly picking fights or using violence or defaming others on social media or just letting it build inside until someone is hurt, physically or emotionally. I’ve seen my share of angry people. And[…]

Tomorrow is my one-year anniversary of running. I remember about this time last year I went down to Carnation, Washington to cheer on my husband as he ran the half-marathon Beat the Blerch race. While there we bought The Oatmeal’s “The Terrible & Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances,” and it was a life-changer. The book was written after the author had been running for a decade and had reached ultra-marathon status. The week after I read the book I began the “couch to 5K” running program. I am no ultra-marathoner, not even close. I run 7-10 miles a week, having done two 10Ks and lots of 5Ks, most of the latter being just regular weekly runs. I have[…]

Here is my confession, which many would maybe never guess: I love fantasy and science fiction. It started as a young girl, when I was intrigued by Grimms Fairy Tales. My parents used to also read Aesop’s Fables to me. The illustrations in these early books depicted great stories and parables, usually of the old ages, when things took place close to nature. The extraordinary in these stories–the unbelievable, the wondrous, the frightening adventures, the brutal power of our natural world combined with the fist of magic or a hero’s strike–held me captive. And this fantasy escape evolved into future worlds too. I was a kid when the first Star Wars movie came out, when Dune came out. These stories[…]

The cherry blossoms are blooming in Vancouver today, and today’s run was warm and sunny, promising of spring. My running thoughts were all about Alejandro Jodorowsky (whose birthday is today!) whose vision of the film Dune, based off Frank Herbert’s novel, should go down into history as the greatest film never made. I would highly recommend the documentary Jodorowsky‘s Dune, which my husband and I watched on Valentine’s Day. Afterward, I was so hopped up I started re-reading the novel. When younger, I was mesmerized by the Jodorowsky’s movies El Topo and Fando y Lis as well as the classic sci-fi Dune. But I have to say that this documentary made me sad because Jodorowsky’s Dune was never made and should[…]