A Shout-Out to All The Cooks This Holiday Season

I'm thankful for the recent accolades "The Longest Mile" has received, including 2016 USA Best Book Awards Finalist for Social Change.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend and a happy start to the most wonderful time of the year! For holiday chefs, the pressure to make the perfect turkey, turducken, Christmas ham, apple pie, or whatever it is you may be cooking this season, can be daunting. I’m reminded of how I felt back in 2013 leading up to the first Team CMMD Food Fight. The very same meticulous planning and maximum efficiency that rendered the evening a massive success for Team CMMD is also a necessity for many of you for your holidays. However, I sincerely hope you and your family are not tasked with serving 520 plates of … [Read more...]

My Worth As a Mother: In Two Braids

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I have doubted my quality as a mother at least daily for the past 16 years, 4 months, and 29 days. The baby years were hard with the diapers and breast feeding and pumping and up all hours of the night. Then came the toddler years. I broke into cold sweats perseverating over the grape I didn't cut into fourths or the outlet I left uncovered because frankly, I was too tired to get up and find another one of those nail-breaking plastic things. These doubts churn to the surface every September, with the return of yellow school buses, brown bag lunches and math quizzes. It’s back to school in … [Read more...]

Enjoying the Ride: That Time I Published a Book

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Wow. What. a. spring! It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve sat down to write. [interlaces fingers, cracks knuckles, and rubs hands together as if to start a fire] I mean, to scratch the itch, sure, I write my daily revelations in mini-form on Facebook. Just the other day I went there… To grieve a loss. Not of a patient, but of her lingering memory. We lost her too young several years ago, and today I found out her husband got remarried. It was an unexpected body-blow… the strangest of feelings… being happy and blessed that he could go on, and at the same time, wanting … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Broad Street Run Forecast

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First, seriously? Would you quit with the dark, scary, intimidating nonsense? You are kind of being a bully. And, I, on behalf of about 299 other people am going to stand up to you. Right here. Right now. See...you think you are powerful. You think that being mean, nasty, and dark, you will beat us down but you really don't get it. Sunday morning is the end for us. It is our "moment;" one we have have prepared for for 15 weeks. Many of us signed up not being able to run a mile even in the BEST conditions. Some of us were veterans--training for our third, fourth, or even 12th Broad … [Read more...]

Dear E: An Open Letter to a Patient I Loved and Lost

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Dear E, I think I have been crying for five days. I know what you are saying "Come on kiddo! Smile....It ain't THAT bad..." I see your smile. But it is THAT bad. You are gone. And no one knows why. All we know is that one second you were on this earth and the next you were taken from so many who loved you. Can I say that to you now? I LOVED you. I LOVED your heart, your spirit, your kindness. I LOVED how deeply you cherished Lori and your amazing kids. I LOVED how you NEVER had a bad thing to say about anybody. But mostly I LOVED you for believing in me. Remember that first day we … [Read more...]

Fall vs Fail: The Difference Is in the “I”

"Knee, meet this brick."

I have never really been accident prone. Childhood circa 1970's-1980's: no broken bones and only one serious laceration (forget the stitches, this one was life-threatening.) Then this year happened. In the last few months I have had three falls, two of them MAJOR. The first happened while I was running with my beloved running team at 5 am. I was going faster than my normal pace and it was dark. Running fast in the dark was outside my comfort zone. My toe caught an uneven brick and down I went...hard..on said brick. My left knee burst open like a watermelon thrown from a rooftop. … [Read more...]

Every Book Starts With a Story

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When I was in 4th grade, I got a D in math. I felt like a failure. To me, math knowledge equated with smarts. And, naturally smarts equated with success. At 9 years old, I was doomed to a life without success. Three years later my seventh grade English teacher read one of my essays to the class. She cried a little at one part. At 12 years old, I knew I was destined to write a book. I spent my life thinking about this yet unwritten book until three decades later when I figured something out; wanting to write a book is NOT the same as having a story to tell. My story began on New … [Read more...]

The Day I Almost Died

When I was fourteen, I sat in the back of a school bus frantically trying to hide the fact that I was wearing the same cotton pantsuit for the third time that week. I felt as though everyone on that bus was laughing at me. I know now that they weren't but my perspective was a hot mess. I felt like an outsider, a failure, a giant loser. I was not pretty or funny. I was not talented in any way. I was "just" smart. I didn't want to be smart. I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be funny. I wanted to play varsity anything. I wanted to have a different outfit for every day of the week. That day … [Read more...]

Philadelphia Magazine: Health Hero Challenge

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Being nominated for Philadelphia Magazine's Health Hero is an honor of which I feel completely unworthy. Not only are my fears innumerable, they are at times pathologic and include an irrational fear of escalators (really.) So, I have decided to dedicate the 30 days leading up to #BWPhealthhero voting to TRUE heroes. Since we are in the midst of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am asking you to nominate childhood cancer fighters. These kids are as bold and brave as they come. I will profile one child every day till voting opens. After discussing with our BOD, we have decided … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw Your Playlist Out With the Song: A Message for Life

My SLOWEST, yet Best Run in a Long Time.

I just got back from running four miles and I feel great. Don't roll your eyes. This is not another one of those annoying "look-how-awesome-I-am-because-I-run" posts. In fact, I had the absolute WORST run in recent memory. I was hot, hurting and so very painfully SLOW.a> So, how is it that I feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD right now? I made an important discovery in that agonizing four miles today and it has to do with my running songs. To really understand, I have to give you a back story. Two and a half years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with Stage III B Colon Cancer and was fighting for … [Read more...]