About the Runner


Anything is better than a life standing still. ~ Margaret Stohl

A native of northeast Pennsylvania, I reside in eastern North Carolina. After a long day teaching social studies, I relax in running, reading, and music. Like many runners, I often find myself alone with my thoughts. It is during these runs that I find inspiration.

Personal Records

5k – 20:15 [Turkey Trot ~ Greenville, South Carolina)

Half Marathon – 2:04:16 [Cherry Point Half Marathon ~ Havelock, North Carolina]

Full Marathon – 4:54:17 [Outer Banks Marathon ~ Nag’s Head, North Carolina]

Favorite Races

Freedom’s Run – Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Outer Banks Marathon – Nag’s Head, North Carolina

Favorite Authors



C.S. Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien

Douglas Adams

Terry Pratchett

Ray Bradbury

Other Interests


College Basketball

UConn Huskies





German National Team – Die Mannschaft



The Bucket List

Races to Run

Bataan Memorial Death March (White Sands, New Mexico)

Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany)

Boston Marathon (Boston, Massachusetts)

London Marathon (London, England)

Midnight Run (Juneau, Alaska)

Things To Do

Climb Half Dome (Yosemite National Park, California)

Drive to Key West, FL

Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Live)

Messiah at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Run the Golden Gate Bridge

Places To See

Brandenburg Gate (Berlin, Germany)


Gateway Arch (St. Louis, Missouri)

Grave of Harold Godwinson, last Saxon king of England (Hastings, England)

Mount Rushmore

Napoleon’s Tomb (Paris, France)

St. Helena

Wartburg Castle (Wartburg, Germany)

NYC from the crown of the Statue of Liberty

Niagara Falls 

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  1. You had me at “all things German” and crushed my spirits with “Bayern-München”. VFB Stuttgart or Dormund, even Hamburg or Bremen…but Bayern? That’s ok, I’ll keep reading anyway. 🙂 I hear the Berlin Marathon is a party!

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  2. I can vouch for White Sands, London, Half Dome, Mt. Rushmore, one side of Niagara and the Golden Gate as great places to visit but have not scaled, run or swum them. What a great idea to have a written bucket list. I think about it but don’t write it down. Now’s the time! Good luck with your endeavors.

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  3. Nice to meet you out here in Blogland! I’m actually debating doing the OBX marathon this year, I have family outside of Chesapeake. We’ll see!
    “Run away! Run away!”
    Look forward to following your work,

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  4. Since we’ve run across each other’s blogs during Writing 101 I’ve enjoyed many of your writings. I dropped by to let you know I have nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award, and I see I’m not the only one to have done this. 🙂 The details are show at the link below. Even if you are not one for accepting awards, I’ve still nominated you as a show of appreciation.
    Obscured Dreamer

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  5. Thanks for your recent comments on my blog! I love your blog theme, it’s really pretty. I’ll have to keep exploring, but before I do, I wanted to ask — St. Helena? Which one? I’m curious.

    Also, you just happened to catch me on the first day I’m planning on going running in months. I’ll take it as a good sign 🙂

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  6. Nice to “see” a fellow North Carolinian! I’ve enjoyed your posts since I found you on Heather’s (bitsnbooks) blog. Looks like we’ve got a lot of common interests, except the running. I wish I liked it. Tried to many times…just can’t.

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  7. Best About of the day for me. I feel I learned a big bunch about you…in a getting acquainted kind of way that is. I’m fascinated with your running, and wonder if you get to meditate whilst doing it You’ll love Mt. Rushmore, as I’m sure you’ll enjoy doing most if not all the things on your bucket list. Life is to be enjoyed. I don’t believe we can enjoy it, if we don’t take the time to plan. Highest and Best!

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  8. You are far too fit and healthy. All that running can’t be good for you……and on your bucket list, you want to do more? Crazy guy! I like your things to do list. But why do you want to see a heap of old stones that is a very old dead king’s grave, in Hastings? Go to visit Brighton nearby, instead. Much more fun…..

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  9. Always fabulous to stumble across a fellow running writer, nice to know there are kindred spirits out there. It is fascinating to know you are a distant relative of Harold Godwinson. Children here learn all about the last Saxon king, Henry and William the Conqueror from an early age. I plan to take my children to King Harold’s grave when we are next in Hastings, in fact, I am running the Brighton Marathon in April 17 so I imagine we will limp around to it then!

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