Input and Output

It was a cold, bitterly cold, November morning in 2002.  After many months of training, I sat, shivering, at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island awaiting the start of the New York City Marathon – my first such race.  The feeling of anticipation and excitement was palpable.  I was eager, and deathly afraid, to begin.  I had never run 26.2 miles – not even in my training.  I didn’t know what would happen to me on the streets of New York…

In short, what happened was that my life was changed.  Radically and forever.  It was on those streets of New York that I became a marathon runner.  I became a champion.  I became a warrior. I became something I hadn’t ever been before.

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No Marathon 2017

It has been the strangest autumn of my life.  Or, at least the strangest autumn of the last fifteen years – since 2002.

I’ve shared on these pages before that I’m not running a fall marathon this year.

It’s an unfamiliar feeling.  And I don’t particularly like it.  The beloved New York City Marathon, the race I love and adore, will go on without me.

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Sometimes You Can’t?

Sometimes we can’t accomplish what we set our minds to do.

Sometimes impossible isn’t an illusion… it is real.  Or, at least it seems real.  We strive, we reach, we try – and we fall short, we stumble, we fall.  We reach and try again.  And fall and fail.  We fall and fail and fail again.  Or so it seems…

Sometimes the goal, whatever it is, seems too hard, too distant, too impossible.  We say, “I can’t.”  We say, “It’ll never happen.”  

What then?

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The N.Y. Yankees and the NFL

(The following passage comes from a draft of my original manuscript The Least Among Them which provides a unique history of the New York Yankees franchise.)

As football season is now upon us, I determined that it is worth sharing this passage that highlights the connections between the New York Yankees and professional football. These connections go back to the early days of both sports.  While some of the players’ names in this passage will be familiar to sports enthusiasts, this essay includes the story of one of the least remembered New York sports legends of all time.

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New York City – Photo VI

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

Sometimes the pictures I enjoy the most are the ones that didn’t seem to come out as planned.  Yet, this picture, off center with a very overcast background, seems to really “work.”  I really love this shot.

This picture, of the Statue of Liberty, was taken from a cruise ship in February 2014.

 

 

 

New York City – Photo V

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

This photograph is one I really like.  I took the photo in the area around Central Park in October 2013, but I neglected to note where exactly it was taken. 

If you know the location where this photo was taken, please let me know.  

 

 

 

New York City – Photo IV

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

This picture, of the King Jagiello statue in Central Park, was taken in October 2013.