Month: September 2008

- Pumping Irony -

PUMPING IRONY: Exercise Church

Bicycling on the Ford Bridge this glorious morning, I spotted a lone rower (sculler?) resting on the perfectly calm river below. It was a perfect Zen moment: a man balancing exquisitely in his knife-thin craft, oars extended, a water bug on the wide expanse of the Mississippi. . . . I didn’t do any rowing... Read more »

- Pumping Irony -


No intervals on Tuesday’s stationary bike ride (you really have to be in a certain mood), but I did a little over 5 miles in about 20 minutes — average heart rate of 110 — so I wasn’t slacking. And I upped the poundage slightly over on the resistance machinery during my 25-minute lifting session.... Read more »

- Personal Development -

Some Kinds of Help

OK, I realize I’m dating myself here, but I’m hoping that at least some of you will join me in remembering that cult classic kids’ album Free to Be...You and Me . Masterminded by Marlo Thomas and Friends, and accompanied by a singalong book, it was played endlessly (to some parents’ chagrin) by a whole generation of kids in the ’70s, and as a result, it permeated our collective memory.

Go, Team!

Participating in an athletic event as a family—from a fun-run 5K to a full-on Olympic triathlon—can improve your fitness, and your bond with each other.

The Need for Speed

Kids have the right idea: They love racing and chasing and seeing just how fast they can go. Here’s why adults should pick up the pace, too.

- Family/Friends -

Teen Spirit

When we set aside the stereotypes we have about raising teenagers, we can better approach the real challenges that arise - and rediscover the joy in our relationships with our children.