Monthly Archives: November 2015

Book Review: The Animal Keepers

In the spring of 1985, Donn Behnke was a social studies teacher at Stevens Point Area High School in Wisconsin, and already a very successful Track and Cross Country Coach at the high school level. In nine years of coaching, … Continue reading

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Frazz at the Races

A confession: I read and enjoy the daily comics — or the “funny pages” as they used to be called — in the Boston Globe. Yes, every morning I flip impatiently past the world news and the brilliant feature writing … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Gradus ad Parnassum

[There was frost on the ground this morning, and idle thoughts of warmer places reminded me of the Thanksgiving eight years ago when Ann and I took an uncharacteristic vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This post was originally published November … Continue reading

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In From the Cold

  It’s enough to make you question the very tenets of free-market capitalism. I don’t mean income inequality or the disappearing middle class or manufacturing workers being left out in the economic cold. I mean actual runners being left out … Continue reading

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True Calling

The fall season’s over, and winter sports have begun. The die-hard runners still gather after school to run together, but the numbers are modest compared to the official practices that took place every day for almost three months. In a … Continue reading

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‘This Beautiful Sport’

My running friends will be happy to know that I no longer have any excuse to skip mid-week track workouts, tempo runs, and hill repeats. Saturday was the last meet for the Concord Academy team, and so, as of this … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Colin Welland

The working title of the script was originally “Runners” — about as boring as you could imagine. In retrospect, the whole project seems beyond improbable. David Puttnam, who would produce the film, happened to be convalescing from a case of the flu … Continue reading

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