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The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus far. The humidity was already causing steam to rise off the lake at 7 a.m. It would be a very long 12 hours and that time would be filled with

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The Midpoint of Winter: Returning to Light and Making Room for the Future

Today – February 2, 2021 – is the midpoint of

Looking Back at 2020: A Year of Rebuild

On Memorial Day of 2020, I went for a run.

COMING IN 2021:
WEEKLY WRITING LESSON + PROMPT CLUB

I'm excited to offer a weekly writing lesson that will be delivered via video and a writing prompt to get you writing at home. And it's all FREE!

The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus far. The humidity was already causing steam to rise off

Read More »

What Do You Do About the Family Holiday Card When You’re Getting Divorced?

When you’re going through a divorce, there are a series of steps you have to take. First step, file the documents with the county clerk’s office. Second step, attend mediation or hire an attorney. Third

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A Yom Kippur Reflection: Forgiving Myself

In March 2019, I attended the Power of Narrative conference in Boston with my close friend, Ann marie. The time spent with her was not only wonderful for our friendship and for inspiring our writing,

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Back to School and Raising an (Almost) Teen in Unprecedented Times

This is not your typical back-to-school blog post. In September 1987, I started my seventh grade year in middle school. My biggest worry was whether I’d be able to handle being placed in GATE classes

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Let’s Talk About What’s Not Talked About: Parenting in the Tween Years

When I started this blog, Sophie was a mere 2-years-old. I wrote about all those new milestone moments of motherhood,  like going from the crib to a toddler bed, saying goodbye to the baby monitors,

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And in a Moment, a Volume Closes and a New Book Begins

Today is a bittersweet day. It’s Sophie’s last day of fifth grade; her last day of elementary school. She’s now officially a sixth grader, bound for middle school in August. Some days, it feels like

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Commemorating 11 Years of Blogging and a New Beginning

On November 6, I turned 45. In December, Leah’s Thoughts will be 11 years old. That means I’ve been writing this blog since I was 34! That’s crazy to me, and to think about my

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Running and Writing: Lessons in Control, Inspiration and Solace

“Writing and running are dual pursuits that enable the illusion of control, a way of ordering the world through carefully crafted sentences and mile splits.” I didn’t write that sentence, but I easily could have;

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Celebrating a Decade of Blogging

I went in to write my annual “blog-versary” post to commemorate ten years of blogging and it hit me: Not only is this ten years of blogging, but I started this blog on the dawn

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RECENT POSTS

Leah

The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus far. The humidity was already causing steam to rise off the lake at 7 a.m. It would be a very long 12 hours and that time would be filled with

Read More »
Leah

The First Run

On October 8, 2016, three months after I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute, Indiana, I decided to go for a run. I wanted to be outside. I wanted to move. I wanted to feel free. I was tired of feeling run down, and trapped inside my house, my body and my mind. It

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Leah

The Midpoint of Winter: Returning to Light and Making Room for the Future

Today – February 2, 2021 – is the midpoint of winter, which means we’re halfway to spring. It is also Imbolc, which in the Celtic seasonal calendar signals the beginning of spring and the stirrings of new life. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, and of earth awakening. It’s a time of

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Leah

The Things I Carry

Sometimes a writing idea will come to me in minutes and I’ll feverishly draft the entire thing in the Notes app of my phone. Other times, it takes months for the idea to come to fruition. Or it starts as one thing and morphs into something else. This post is an example of a piece

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Leah

Three Strangers’ Stories in an Hour in Indiana

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a bit know that I’m a huge “West Wing” and Aaron Sorkin fan. One of my favorite episodes is the season four opener, “20 Hours in America.” The episode begins with President Bartlett giving a campaign speech at an Indiana farm. After being left behind by

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Leah

Elul and the End of Summer: The Bridge to a New Year

Today is 15 Elul, 5780. Wait, aren’t we in September, you ask? Yes, technically, today is September 4, 2020. But according to the Jewish calendar, we’re in the month of Elul. The Jewish calendar does not follow Western calendar dates because it’s based on the lunar cycle. That’s why Jewish holidays always fall on different

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Leah

The Things I Believed to Be True

“Think back on and write down some of the early messages you received about who you were in the world, what was possible, etc. and then look at their veracity.” My writing instructor recently shared that idea as a prompt. Reading her truths and thinking about the idea of the messages we receive about our

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Leah

The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus far. The humidity was already causing steam to rise off the lake at 7 a.m. It would be a very long 12 hours and that time would be filled with

Read More »
Leah

The First Run

On October 8, 2016, three months after I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute, Indiana, I decided to go for a run. I wanted to be outside. I wanted to move. I wanted to feel free. I was tired of feeling run down, and trapped inside my house, my body and my mind. It

Read More »
Leah

The Last Mile

The Hawthorn Half Day ultra race took place May 18, 2019, and in typical Indiana form, it was the hottest day of the year thus far. The humidity was already causing steam to rise off the lake at 7 a.m. It would be a very long 12 hours and that time would be filled with

Read More »
Leah

What Do You Do About the Family Holiday Card When You’re Getting Divorced?

When you’re going through a divorce, there are a series of steps you have to take. First step, file the documents with the county clerk’s office. Second step, attend mediation or hire an attorney. Third step, eventually divide up the household goods and bank accounts. And the list continues … There are instructions you’re given

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Leah

Back to School and Raising an (Almost) Teen in Unprecedented Times

This is not your typical back-to-school blog post. In September 1987, I started my seventh grade year in middle school. My biggest worry was whether I’d be able to handle being placed in GATE classes (gifted and talented education, GT, advanced classes, as they’re called). Spoiler alert: I did well in nearly all the subjects;

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Leah

Let’s Talk About What’s Not Talked About: Parenting in the Tween Years

When I started this blog, Sophie was a mere 2-years-old. I wrote about all those new milestone moments of motherhood,  like going from the crib to a toddler bed, saying goodbye to the baby monitors, birthday celebrations, first days of school, how I got her to stop sucking her thumb, struggles with shoe shopping, her

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Leah

Commemorating 11 Years of Blogging and a New Beginning

On November 6, I turned 45. In December, Leah’s Thoughts will be 11 years old. That means I’ve been writing this blog since I was 34! That’s crazy to me, and to think about my life then and now, and how much it’s changed. In November 2009, I was living in San Diego and working

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Leah

Running and Writing: Lessons in Control, Inspiration and Solace

“Writing and running are dual pursuits that enable the illusion of control, a way of ordering the world through carefully crafted sentences and mile splits.” I didn’t write that sentence, but I easily could have; because I share those exact sentiments. Those words were written by Jaclyn Gilbert in an essay entitled “The Need for

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COMING IN 2021: Online Writing Club for Kids + Teens

Starting in January 2021, I’ll be offering a new FREE writing club for kids and teens. Young writers can sign up to receive a weekly “lesson”
that includes a video and writing exercise. Then they’ll be invited to share their writing in a regular Zoom get-together.

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