Five Minutes on The Election, Running, and Bon Iver

I haven’t written in two weeks, and I’m pretty rusty.

To get back on track I’m falling back on one of my old “writer’s block” busting tricks. I’m setting a timer and writing for 5 minutes on a topic, cleaning it up a bit and posting it. So here goes…

Five Minutes on The Election:

I don’t know if I’m ready for the election to be over.

That flies in the face of conventional thinking right now. Pretty much everyone I know is sick and tired of politics, but I’ll be completely honest here, I’m nervous about what comes AFTER the election.

We’ve spent so much time tearing each other down the last year or so, that it’s almost impossible to imagine us all coming back together the morning of November 9.

People are openly talking about intimidating practices at polling places to prevent virtually nonexistent voter fraud, and/or revolution should Hillary win.

I can’t see us chalking all the nastiness of the last year or so up to “all is fair in politics” when it’s over, and that worries me. Lately, there doesn’t seem to be a place for cooler heads to prevail, for an understanding of context, for the patience to consider nuance and dare I say it, facts.

Like it or not, when the election is over, that’s the world we have to live, work and play in now. And while I’m hoping for more civil days ahead, right now it just feels like it’s going to be one gigantic mess.

Five Minutes on Running:

With the dark clouds of politics on the horizon, upon us, and everywhere, I’m glad it’s finally running season.

I’ve been putting it off for one reason or another for weeks and weeks, but I’m back on a semi-regular training schedule.

Things are off to a slow start. I clearly had too many tacos over the summer and spent more than my fair share of days loafing around doing nothing. Every run thus far has been difficult, but I know they will get better with time and repetition.

Here’s the thing. I’m signed up to run TWO half marathons this season! Unless I want to be completely miserable during and after these races I have to get my act together ASAP!

All of that being said, running is a huge stress reliever for me, and I’m glad the weather is finally good enough to consider running in the afternoons. That means trail time, and the ever so slightly increased chance of getting lost in the woods.

I think I’m up for that.

Five Minutes on Bon Iver:

A few week’s back there was a funny “Twitter Moment” (if you’re not sure what a twitter moment is, click the link) about Bon Iver’s new album, “22, A Million“.

The “moment” was all about how no one was really sure what was being said, but that people felt extreme emotion when listening to the album. Naturally, because it’s twitter, the reactions ranged from heartfelt to hilarious, and everywhere in between.

Check out the “moment” by clicking here. It’s worth it.

Here are some of its best tweets:

I gave the album a shot, and I like it quite a bit. I think it plays best as an album in its entirety, but don’t just take my word for it. For now, here’s “29 #Strafford APTS”, complete with lyrics.

Email subscribers, click here to listen.


It felt good to write again.

That’s it for now. Have a great week!

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