The New Abnormal – Chapter 8

Over a few days, I began to adjust to the routine at the rehab hospital. My TV was turned on, and visitors brought me books and magazines. I became a fan of watching old films on Turner Classic Movies  and became a whiz at Sudoku puzzles. They slowly introduced real food back into the plan. […]

Breathe – Chapter 7

  Peace was my intake nurse at Mt. Vernon hospital. She was friendly, but very business-like as she got all my vital signs recorded. She was very competent, but I could tell she was very stressed out at the same time. I wasn’t sure whether it was my condition, or just her workload. Every nurse I’ve […]

Shattered – Chapter 5

When I woke up in the hospital, I had been moved from the main emergency room to a side area. It must have been a full 24 hours later, because my wife was next to the bed. She had driven back home from North Carolina as fast as she could. I asked about the kids, […]

Hitting the Wall – Chapter 3

Throughout the Spring and early Summer of 2014, I spent my spare time practicing riding my Honda around the neighborhood. I had a full-face helmet, riding gloves, an armored jacket, heavy jeans and riding boots – having all the right equipment was important to me. I also watched a lot of videos and spent time […]

Get Out the Door! (the book)

I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete, and to look at me, you wouldn’t think so, either. In 2012, I was 51 years old, 80 lbs overweight, depressed and dealing with a ton of personal challenges. By 2014, I went from being a complete couch potato to achieving several goals that would be the envy of […]

Party All Night Long

This past weekend, I ran in the DC Ragnar Relay. What is a Ragnar Relay? It’s a 200-mile relay with up to 12 runners on a team. Each runner completes a leg from 3-8 miles of varying difficulty….and the run continues through the night for about 36 hours of non-stop craziness. Weather? Doesn’t matter. Fatigue? Get […]

Quitting Time

Have you ever been so frustrated (or tired, or upset)….that you just wanted to quit? I know the feeling. I’ve been there lots of times….from jobs that seemed to be going nowhere, to relationships that didn’t seem to work anymore, to goals I’ve been pursuing……that didn’t seem to be worth pursuing as much.  Some times, […]

Fear Factor pt 2

All my life, I’ve had a fear of heights. When I was young, I found it difficult to get on rides at the county fair…and it was almost impossible to get me on a roller coaster. I’d find any excuse possible to avoid any situation where I’d have to look down from a great height […]

New Years’ Revolution

This past year, 2014, has been quite something. I did a better job of setting and tracking goals than I have in the past, and looking back at the calendar, it shows. The year was filled with lots of ups and downs….and as if I were to use one word to describe the year, I’d […]

Worst.Thankgiving.Ever.

Back in the 1980’s, I was an MP, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. I was “sort-of” a police officer, running traffic enforcement,  responding to alarms and urgent events and breaking up fights at the local Enlisted club.   In reality, traffic enforcement usually consisted of being lectured as to why I couldn’t write a ticket […]