Tales From The Run – Goals Met and Celebrity Sightings

Today I reached my goal: 25 miles in a month might not seem like a lot to some of my marathoner and ultra-runner friends but when you’ve been slacking on running for a while, 25 miles is a great accomplishment. And I did it thanks to my MODRUN running streak. I set a goal and achieved it and I’m feeling good. 

Then as I was standing at the corner taking my post-run celebration selfie, I saw a celebrity. A TV personality who lives on my block. I’ve glimpsed him before but now I know for sure he lives close to me (because he was walking his dog and the dog hadn’t ‘gone’ yet), I’m feeling all kinds of excited. So what do you do when you want to be cool but not too cool? Well, you just say hey and act like this kinda thing happens to you all the time, of course. 

The next time I see him, I’ll ask him to take a selfie with me. Hopefully I’m not dripping with sweat then. Or maybe it won’t matter. After all, I’m a runner. Soon to be a celebrity myself. Who knows. Maybe next time I see him, he’ll be asking to take a selfie with me! 

What’s making you excited today? 

Books To Turn Children Into Readers

One of the best gifts my parents gave me was a love for reading. I read because they read. There were always lots of books in my home and reading was never a chore but a reward.

It’s back-to-school season and when I tutor young students, I usually have a conversation with their parents about increasing their reading time. Studies show that the single thing that can help students improve their grades is increasing the time they spend reading. While reading anything can help , reading classic books with the vocabulary that is going to come up in SAT and GRE type exams, is a double bonus.

I don’t believe kids should be discouraged from reading the graphic novels or light, contemporary fiction they enjoy, but they can also look start developing an appreciation for classic, appropriate books that cover a broad range of topics that interested them. As a pre-teen and teen, these are some of the books I loved that helped broaden my perspective on the world and taught me lots of the vocabulary words I still use in my writing.


  • The Old Man and The Sea/ Ernest Hemingway
  • Treasure Island/ Robert Louis Stevenson

Books About Social Issues

  • A Christmas Carol/ Charles Dickens
  • Alice in Wonderland/ Lewis Carroll
  • Animal Farm/ George Orwell
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl/ Anne Frank
  • The Endless Steppe/ Esther Hautzig
  • The Giver/ Lois Lowry
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood/ Howard Pyle

Books for Animal Lovers

  • Black Beauty/ Anna Sewell
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime/ Mark Haddon
  • Shane/ Jack Schaefer
  • The Red Pony/ John Steinbeck

Books About Relationships

  • Flowers for Algernon/ Daniel Keyes
  • Heidi/ Johanna Spyri
  • Jane Eyre/ Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women/ Louisa May Alcott
  • Pinocchio/ Carlo Collodi
  • Romeo and Juliet/ William Shakespeare



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