Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

If I Had But One Day Left of Break…

There are few experiences more satisfying than pulling on a pair of shorts, breathing in perfectly chlorinated air and basking in the glory of an 80-degree natatorium while the rest of the world faces the 10-degree January afternoon with thoughts of windchill and frostbite. I’ve spent more blustery winter days at the pool than I can […]

Snapshot Sunday: Album One

Every day, I find myself reaching for my phone to capture photos of vibrant foliage, intriguing book covers, and dripping ice cream cones– trivial, yet significantly happy moments that often blend into the ordinary heartbeats of day-to-day existence. This seemingly endless supply of images is juxtaposed with the understanding that I probably shouldn’t clog up […]

“Big Arms! Fast Feet!”

“Coach Mallory, how many more minutes left?” Deep breaths, I tell myself as I glance at the clock, muster a grin and say, “Streamline off the wall! First person, ready, go!”–  strategically allowing myself to avoid the inevitable groans and splashy revenge that would ensue if I disclosed that there are, indeed, 40 minutes left of our hour-long […]