Part One: Run On July 17, 2022, I finished a half-marathon, 13.1 miles from Napa to Sonoma in Northern California. This is the story of how a tall awkward uncoordinated young man became a tall awkward uncoordinated half-marathon-finishing senior citizen. I never played team sports. Not that I haven’t enjoyed watching them. I loved seeing […]

Does Self-Help Help?

“Hello. My name is Mark, and I’m a self-help bookaholic.” “Hello, Mark,” answer thirty million people. Like so many buyers of self-help books, I see a title that promises to address something I’m feeling in the moment, an emotional need. So I buy the book. By spending money on a book, I have helped myself. […]