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August 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

I probably need to post this in a few other places to remind/reinforce:

We swim in language as fish swim in the sea, not noticing the power that our words have
to manifest, to create and to destroy.
– Mary Jo Asmus

Training Journal – 8/22/13:

  • Current plan: Mix of running and biking: Bicycling focus week
  • Today’s session: 8-mile run
  • Comments: I did 8.49 miles @ 8:18 avg pace.



Training Journal – 3/2/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W10/D6
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Rest!

Over the past few lunches, I’ve watched Alexandra Pelosi’s HBO documentary, “Citizen U.S.A: A 50-State Road Trip” [website].

Check it out if you can – it’s a great film that  documents Pelosi’s “travels across the U.S. to attend naturalization ceremonies in all 50 states and meets brand-new citizens to find out why they chose America as their home.”

I’ll admit – I did get choked up a few times…  It made me feel thankful and proud to be an American and was a great reminder of how much we take for granted as native-born citizens:

“Many people would wish to be an animal in the United States.”

– Hazeem Taee, Iraq



“…can we all get along?”

— Rodney King, 1992

sometimes this quote just pops into my mind…

Good post from the People Of The Second Chance website…

“On Saturday night Casey Anthony walked out of an Orange County Florida jail.

She had her lawyer Jose Baez by her side plus 2 officers carrying automatic weapons and dressed for combat.

Outside was a crowd of 1,000 onlookers who hurled curses at her. Many believed this “Tot Mom” killed her child because Caylee was cramping her party-girl lifestyle.

They waved signs that said “How Could This Angel (Caylee) Been Born From This Devil?” … ”

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(from my afternoon Target run)

Maybe I’m just getting old, but  for some reason it really bugs me when a 5 or 6 year old uses the word “hella” in a sentence…

…or, maybe it’s just me.

So yesterday, the People of the Second Chance posted the new Tiger Woods Nike ad on their website and asked for “one word” thoughts about it.

If you haven’t seen the ad, here it is:

To their question, I posted the following:

One word: Leverage

“We are not ashamed of our scars, wounds, or failures and leverage them as a source of strength and character development.” -POTSC “About Us” page.

I know this is a Nike ad, but Tiger had to somehow consent to it (in fact, he may have even asked his mom, since it involved his dad.) People feel he owes them some explanation – I don’t – but this is a way of furthering that conversation I guess. However it’s used, I still see this whole thing as something between him and his family. My only notice and consideration has been that of “but for the grace of God go I” (as a depraved & sinful man myself) and how can I use this to “leverage” or model grace to others who bring Tiger’s situation up.

OK, stay with me here.

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