I dwell in the paradox, in the in-between, around the edges. At parties I’m the participant-observer in the corner, saying little but intensely involved in everything going on around me.

I’m a mid-life PhD, a middle-aged widow, a middle-of-the-pack runner. I fall in love with concepts and I start lots of things. Many of my interests are fleeting (only until I fall in love with the next concept), while others have endured. Sometimes it’s the biggest things that I do the best. I have earned three graduate degrees. I’ve given several speeches. I’ve completed three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven half marathons and one full marathon. Yet I’m still just beginning to sense what I’m capable of as a runner, albeit only a slow happy runner.

I love being in places in or on the edge of wilderness. I love the sight of a wide-open horizon, the meeting of earth or water and sky. I love trees, and I can’t bear to watch a tree being cut down. I love eating and drinking low on the food chain and as fresh and local as possible, because I love living beings — everything from banana slugs and turtles to ravens, my cats, whales, and the purebred Jersey cows who produce the raw milk that I drink.

I love learning for learning’s sake and writing in many styles (I’ve been published in a literary magazine, a car magazine, and a philosophical anthology). I’ve enjoyed owning and driving Porsches and the many wonderful people whom I’ve met through my involvement with these cars over the years. I love listening to music, expanding my eclectic collection of music, and occasionally pretending that I can play music. I have a closet full of seldom-used but much-loved musical instruments ranging from a bowed psaltry to a didgeridoo (I think the didgeridoo is destined to go away in the next yard sale). I’ve seen my favorite musical group, the Moody Blues, in concert at least 40 times — in three states, two continents, and three countries.

I used to be bi-platial (that’s a scholarly way of saying I was a snowbird), but the condo in Palm Springs was my late husband Kurt’s dream. I’ve now sold it and I’ve firmly planted both feet and my whole heart in the Pacific Northwest.

For 12 years I described myself as local/global (I worked from home for a large global corporation). I now call myself “post-corporate” as I begin to experience life without regular paychecks. I live between the silence of the mountains and the crashing of the sea (to borrow a lyric from the Moody Blues), on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.

I’m grateful for almost 25 years of marriage to my best friend, until his death in June 2011. And now, I’m busily creating a new life for myself. The possibilities are endless — and I’m working on turning possibilities into distinct probabilities… one step at a time.

I have a second blog, Slow Happy Living, at which I blog about all the new and exciting things I’m doing in my life these days. I now use Slow Happy Runner to blog only about my running adventures. So if you’d like to see what else I’m doing, please follow me over to Slow Happy Living!

  1. I am also a slow, happy runner; and I know what it is like to have to pick up the pieces of your life and put them back together unexpectedly. My heart truly goes out to you. You are so strong and a wonderful inspiration. Good luck with your running!

    Warm Regards,

  2. I am also slow- depending on pain level. I’m thinking about a 10k in a few weeks…. my first “race” since high school. If I get around to entering, my goal is to finish it. 😉

  3. TikkTok, nice to see you here, and I am now following your blog as well. I’ll be cheering for you when you run that 10k!

    • Eh, hoping to get the hip worked out so I’m not derailed entirely. I haven’t registered yet, but man, I am really hoping I can do this one, even though I’ll prolly finish with the walkers. 😆

  4. I’ve just begun to read through your blog and I’m finding a lot of interesting stuff. I’ll be back to read some more.

    There’s no shame in being a mid-packer. You’ll always be faster than the one who decided not to run. 😉

    Happy trails,

    • Nel, thank you for finding my blog; yours looks absolutely wonderful as well and I will be back to explore it more fully than the quick glance I just did. What you say is so true; even the person who finishes last is far ahead of the one who did not start at all!


  5. Hi. I have presented you with Liebster Blog Award.

    I don’t know how you feel about awards, but if you would like to accept, please follow these rules:

    • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
    • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
    • Pick (up to) 5 other blogs who fit within the award parameters (less than 200 followers).
    • Inform them that you have chosen them by leaving a comment on their blog.
    • Post the award on your blog (you can take it from my post). http://alettertomychildren.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/mother-dearest/
    If not, I hope that you will enjoy some added traffic from having been posted on my blog.

  6. Hi, Lori,
    I’ve been looking for you on C3, and when I found you “disabled,” I decided to find you and voila! I’ve subscribed to your blog, so you will now join my favorite author, Mary Doria Russell, on my home page of important people, events, news, stories, etc.
    Paula Roberts
    Still at CSC

  7. Hi Lori. I am really enjoying your blog!
    I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging

  8. Hi! I kind of just stumbled upon our blog and really enjoyed reading your posts! I am a somewhat new runner (I still can’t believe I can say that…) and just completed my first Marathon. I am a slow runner and am trying to improve my time for my next goal race. Please keep up the great work!

  9. Keep having fun Sounds like you are doing good.

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