Where’s the Ice Bucket Challenge for Ebola?

Two months ago, it was nearly impossible to watch the news, listen to the radio, or log in to Facebook without hearing about or seeing video footage of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Everyone was doing it, it seemed… jumping on the bandwagon to make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice over their heads in support of ALS. Some people chose instead to make a monetary donation to the ALS Association, and others still chose both to shiver under the ice and make a donation. The phenomenon spread like wildfire, ultimately raising more than $100 million dollars for ALS research. Continue reading →

Hunger and Obesity in the Rio Grande Valley

It seems impossible: to be hungry and obese at the same time. How can that be?

M. came across a fascinating article in The Washington Post this morning discussing exactly this paradox, and how it is a growing problem in deep South Texas, just across the river from where we live.

In a recent report on poverty in the United States, Brownsville and McAllen, both in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), Texas, were ranked …Continue reading →

Perspective (Part 2)

I don’t normally run on Mondays. Monday rest days have been ingrained in my running schedule since my college cross country days. Those were the afternoons spent reading on the university lawn, wiggling my naked toes in the cool grass, enjoying the break from my running shoes. Many a glorious Monday were spent that way, and Monday rest days carried over into my adult life, just like Tuesday speed work and Sunday long runs. After all, we humans are creatures of habit… runners possibly even more so.

Occasionally, just to keep things interesting, I do change my schedule. Sometimes it’s nice to get that long run over with on Saturday and every now and then I’ll skip the speed work on Tuesdays. But Monday rest days… those have become an institution for me during the past 17 years. Not unlike a cup of Earl Grey with half and half and plenty of sugar every morning. Continue reading →