Why I Will Run the 2014 Boston Marathon

I wrote a piece for Yahoo! Voices on my experience and reflections on the Boston Marathon. I will be one to finish the race. http://voices.yahoo.com/10-reasons-why-ill-running-boston-marathon-12108209.html Author of the blog Running Without Toenails, follow me on Twitter @ktweed...more

Raising a Tattoo-Free Kid

Here's my post on raising kids without tattos. http://voices.yahoo.com/how-itsy-bitsy-spider-helped-me-raise-tattoo-12112103.html       ...more

Fact vs. Fiction: The NYC Marathon

I was scheduled to run the 2012 NYC Marathon which was cancelled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Here is my first post on my thoughts after spending six days in the city that started with the first flights into Newark Liberty airport and ended on election night watching the returns via satellite TV mid-flight....more
I'm sorry that the author was disappointed about not being able to run the marathon, and I do ...more


It’s been a quiet Halloween, the first one where I almost forgot what day it was....more

Say No More. . .

I don’t know which is more painful: platitudes or silence.  Platitudes are those things that are said to fill up space.  They are safe, risk nothing and have little to no impact.  A platitude is a trite, meaningless prosaic statement uttered or written with the delivery as if it is a sincere and unique thought.  The key is that a platitude is meaningless.  It risks nothing and promises even less.  Think Miss Manners with a lobotomy.  I find platitudes plentiful in the passive, the meek, and a “go to” arsenal for emotional cowardice.  Platitudes put an...more

Running the Race between Regret and Forget

On November 4th I’ll be running the New York City Marathon wearing bib number 28537, assigned to Orange Wave #2 and starting from Corral #28.  These are the type of details that are supposed to make me feel better, feel in control, as if I know what I am doing.  That is far from the truth.  I usually try to divine some luck from my bib number, associate some clairvoyant omen from the color of my wave and hope that my corral is conveniently located.  The truth of the matter is that I still don’t know if I have transportation to the start since I missed the critical email ...more

Is That Alright With You?

A Note:  I have struggled for inspiration following the NaBloPoMo writing prompts this month, so I went back to my backup plan to the blog post I wrote at the end of September entitled “Prompted” for ideas.  This particular thought has been on my mind for some time and I have struggled to make sense of it.  I’m not sure I did it justice with this post, but at least there’s a little less rattling in my ...more


I am a dandelion stalk,barren and still stripped of its many wishes. I let go of each wish, one by onereleasing my hold on its fantasy. “Letting go is notthe same as giving up,”I remind myself as I stand taller, empty all the same. Wishes are no more thandowny fluff floatingin the air until they take root. No, letting go is not the sameas giving up,and giving up is not the same aswishing it were so. © Kelly Tweeddale 2012   Author of the blog ...more

Trust the Conversation

In the past three days I’ve pulled a middle-aged all-nighter, been sequestered in a labor negotiations situation room, had to rely on my personal experience and sense of integrity, and experienced the best and worst of human behavior.   In those three days, I came face to face with the realities of trust, courage, and our obsession with hiding behind the illusion of a conversation.  It was as if a concentrated microcosm of my life was whirling around me in a tornado of missed opportunities mingled with sleep deprivation and false hope.  In the aftermath of it all, I find...more

Healing with Haiku

There are days that are so intense that they leave me with very few words.  That's when I turn to the haiku with it's spare and frugal honesty. Capitulation Sorry is a wordthat’s tossed around carelesslybefore the bruises show (c) Kelly Tweeddale 2012 Author of the blog Running Without Toenails, follow me on Twitter @ktweed...more