#118forboston on Runkeeper


I received an email the other day from Runkeeper, an app that helps me log my exercise activities. Runkeeper wants to track 118 million miles to honor the 118th Boston marathon. You can read more about it here.  They encourage you to sign up and pledge to help by tracking your miles. You can also donate money. So from March 1st until April 21st my personal goal is to log 118 miles. That means 52 days. That is a goal I feel I can accomplish. I will be running (when the weather cooperates), walking, cycling or using a fitness machine at the gym. I took the day off today, but yesterday I logged 5.8 miles on an elliptical trainer. I will also be tweeting (@goingtogermany) and sharing my progress on Facebook. Does anyone care to join me?


100+ Followers – Thank You!


Hi there readers in blog land. I just hit 100 followers today. Thanks for visiting. I know we live in a busy, fast paced world and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by my blog. It is so much more fun when you leave comments.  I have started something new on my blog: National Weird Day Writing Prompts. I hope you check it out, participate, share the prompt on your blog, comment on the writings of other bloggers and reblog. I usually spend 10 – 15 minutes writing mine., so it is not a huge time commitment. This could be your new writing warm up for the day.

National Weird Day Writing Prompts – Old Dr. Seuss Reads Across America Eating Banana Cream Pie

cat in hat

Dear Readers and Writers,

I have some fantastic prompts for you today. The weird day writing prompts is still in its infancy, so spread the word, tap on the keyboard and express yourself. My piece will be at the very bottom.

Here are the rules:

1. Write 100 words or less about the prompt provided. For example: If you chose National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day your story doesn’t have to be about the day itself but about a peanut butter lover. (It doesn’t have to be a complete story. It could be a scene or a poem)

2. Share your writing in the comments section via a link back to your blog.

3. Read and comment on other posts.

4. Be creative.

5. Have fun.

MARCH 2, 2014:





Old Dr. Seuss Reads Across America Eating Banana Cream Pie

Jim McNabb enjoyed dressing up and impersonating others. After an unplanned early retirement he purged his belongings. A withered copy of The Cat in the Hat brought back memories of reading to  his children. An idea was born. He bought a tall, striped hat.  Jim with his stooped shoulders and puckered, whiskery face would travel across America, sharing his love of books and desire to be someone else. In Tuscaloosa, the organizers at RIF  invited him to eat at the potluck. Later in the greyhound bus, with a whole banana cream pie on his lap he was finally happy.