Permanent Reminder

“If you don’t know where to start, remember that every single thing that happened to you is yours, and you get to tell it.”  Ann Lamott. It’s hard to write when you’ve lost your voice, or rather you haven’t lost your voice, but suddenly feel in danger of losing yourself again; and the words that […]

Lottery

“Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow….” Henry David Thoreau Last week, just one hour before the deadline for the Chicago Marathon lottery, I applied.  It was not a well thought-out decision.  It was done on a whim when a friend Teresa told me she had just entered. […]

Pain

“Allow your acceptance of the universality of suffering to be a transformative experience.  You do that by simply looking at what pains you squarely in the face and then moving on.  You don’t have to move fast or far.  You can just go an inch.  You can mark your progress breath by breath.”  Cheryl Strayed […]

Full Circle

“Not completing something doesn’t negate the work before it…..Energy was not wasted but created.”  A quote by me, Paria Hassouri, that first appeared in the post Fear or Flight, but was repeated by Jake as the opening mantra for his class on September 9th, 2015. Jake came back from Peru in the last week of […]

Not the J-Word

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Theodore Roosevelt A couple of months ago, I picked up my kids from school and my 8-year-old daughter excitedly said, “Mom, in school we ran the mile today.”  I smiled.  Actually, I did a little internal happy dance.  My kids now relay anything running related to me because they […]