Monday, December 22, 2008

where i ran today

I had thought of cross-posting here, but instead I will write almost exclusively at my new marathon-training blog where i ran today, at least through race day. So please stop by and visit, with tips, derision or donations (you can read about the charity I'm running for below). Everything and anything is appreciated.

Peace, and happy holidays.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Cause, Boston 4.20.09

For parents struggling with the long-term challenges of a disabled child, life can feel like a marathon, with no finish line in sight, and certainly none of the glory. The care and worry is constant, and the medical appointments and procedures can become overwhelming.

This year, I'm running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, and am seeking to raise at least $3,000. The center provides relief for the caregivers of developmentally disabled kids and adults by offering day, evening, overnight and weekend care, as well as work training and educational outreach.

The center's namesake, Michael Carter Lisnow, was born 16 weeks premature and weighed but a pound. Suffering cerebral palsy and blindness, Michael was given a 10 percent chance for survival, and faced multiple surgeries and relentless care. Yet lived for 10 years. His vibrant personality inspired the creation of the center while he was still alive. Today, his mother, Sharon, is co-director and has run the marathon herself for the past five years. The center, located in Hopkinton, Mass., near the marathon's starting line, serves more than 150 families.

So if you want to spend your money wisely this holiday season, and get a nice bit of feel-good in return, please consider making a donation. You can contribute online by clicking on the First Giving widget, on the upper right. It's simple and secure. Any amount is greatly appreciated, and 100% goes to MCLRC. A $75 donation, for example, will cover overnight respite care for one child. You can also donate directly at MCLCR site. Please make sure to include my name along with your contribution.

Many thanks in advance.


Oh, and I'll be blogging on all things marathon-training here, as I prepare for the big race. So be sure to stop by, and see how it's going.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

for the record

My sister told her young son that when we were little,
I put her cat in the dryer.
This is not true, I told my nephew, not wanting him to think his uncle
No, I said, I only cut off his whiskers
and painted a white stripe down his back.
I was born without whiskers, you see.
And I’ve been bumping into things ever since.