Archive for April 2013

Send Kristin to Kona: A vote takes one second

Who is Kristin? Kristin McQueen has been battling cancer for ten years (not in remission for ten years; an actual battle with multiple surgeries, radiation & other grueling treatment). Why Kona? Amazingly, she is gearing up and hoping to do the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii this year. Yes, the Ironman! How do we get her... Read more »

AJ Clemente: Should the North Dakota news anchor get a second chance?

AJ Clemente was a brand spanking new, seemingly fresh out of school news anchor in Bismarck, North Dakota when, on the first day on the job, clearly overcome with nerves, he uttered the F word and the S word – unbeknownst to him, while on air – and could barely look up as his co-anchor introduced... Read more »

National Anthem: Do you put your hand over your heart?

I did the Lakefront 10 Miler yesterday.  (I walked it because I was sick for two weeks and my training was derailed but that’s another story, which you can feel free to read here if you’d like.) But, I noticed something that I’ve noticed many times before at all of my prior races. It’s something that,... Read more »
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Middle school: Was it middle hell for you?

How many guys have you gone with? You would think after reading Molly Backes’ young adult novel Princesses of Iowa and interviewing her for Behind the Book, my thoughts would be taking me back to high school.  But, the little spaceship in my head that travels back in time is being propelled even further.  I’m... Read more »

Behind the Book: Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes

I haven’t read a young adult novel since Sweet Valley High and, oh my, the times they have a changed. From what I remember, Jessica and Elizabeth were never confronted with college parties, drunk driving, a social climbing mother and issues of social justice. Which is why Sweet Valley High was nothing but a snoozefest and... Read more »

Kmart #ShipMyPants: I married a 'very punny Jew'

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a nice Italian girl from New Jersey was bouncing around the island of Manhattan when she met a ‘very punny Jew.’ On 7/7/07, in approximately a matter of 7 minutes, she learned: his first wife was Italian, he was 5′ 9″ but 5′ 9 and a... Read more »
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#ThrowbackThursday: Remembering My Grandmother

My Grandma Fernicola would be 101 this month.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately and remembering things like this: When I was 6 or 7, we were at the supermarket in the produce section and she started eating loose grapes that came out of the bags. Me (knowing my mother never let me... Read more »