FANNING THE FLAMES

Of excellence.  Of change.  Of potential.  Of dreams.  Of discord.  Of happiness.

I’ve been involved in our sport for a long time.  Long enough and at the appropriate levels to give meaning and weight to my words.  A lot of you get that and appreciate my singular perspective.  Others blow me off as pompous and self absorbed.  I thoroughly enjoy tickling both of those keys.

I would (and often do) go so far as to say I have more experience at more different levels of our sport than anyone else you know.  And that makes me who and what I have become. Like it or not.   A Herald, a Promoter, a Coach, a Critic, a Poet, a Seer, an Athlete, an Administrator, an Author, an Educator, an Historian.

Why in the hell would I spend the last 10+ years writing and fighting about running and athletics?  Why would I lay my soul bare, expose the rawest of nerves, put up my dukes and take your best punches, suffer loss and disappointment at the hands of those that hate?

Because I must.  It is what I do, who I am.

I’ve had a fortunate if sad last quarter of a century.  Lucky because I got/get to do exactly what I love.  Sad because that opportunity came with a heavy price.  Those that know me best understand exactly what I mean.  But that chapter with all its glory and angst is past.  Now a Good and Healthy woman fills my days and nights.  Thank you Linda for fanning the flames of Real Love.

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This pin commemorates the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival Torch Run.

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This poster captured the spirit of the Festival, still one of my very favorites.

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As a 29 year old and as part of the Olympic Festival I had the privilege of carrying the Torch from Pasadena, TX to LaPorte, TX.  Perfect form eh?

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Part of my collection is this Limited Edition Torch issued by TAC (The Athletics Congress, precursor to USATF).

Keeping the flames alive.  Its what I do.  Its who I am.