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Steve has written 91 articles so far, you can find them below.

Racing on St. Paddy’s Day

A couple of John Jay alumni ran some long standing St. Patrick’s Day events. Mike Lish, Class of ’94, ran Chicago’s  Shamrock Shuffle – the worlds largest 8K. Mike says he’s in average shape, which isn’t bad for a guy with a full time job and three kids. It was his first race in “Vibram […]

A John Jay Update

With the Wappingers Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner getting close, I'm starting to hear a little news about some alumni. I got a great email from Bob McCloskey, dad of the running McCloskey Clan. Four McCloskey kids ran for John Jay back in days Mary Sclafani and I were coaching and all of them […]

Team Loyalty and a Broken Heart

While cruising around the internet this morning I checked in on Pete Colaizzo's Marist Running blog. Pete is a die hard Yankee fan, with enough NY loyalty that when the Yankees aren't playing he roots for the Mets. He had a link to a NY TImes Op Ed column written by David Brooks, who I […]

Taciturn Fishermen

 Back in the day I used to fish a lot. Since moving to NC I have only fished with the grand kids in the local ponds where we caught some sunfish and small bass. Here it's mostly salt water fishing, either in the bays and backwaters or out in the ocean. I've never been salt […]

Time Flies

I got a comment from Kara Tucker-Forest on my "Recovering" post below. She and Jennifer Lawrence are running a 5K this weekend. Who are these two ladies? They are former John Jay High School athletes who ran for me over twenty years ago. Back then both of them were 400/800 meter runners. Jen was also […]

Walk on the Beach

What do you do when you can't cycle, run, swim, play golf, etc? Take a walk on the beach. Beautiful Carolina Blue skies, temps around 50-degrees and a little breeze. I took along the camera and took a few pictures. The walk was at the west end of Oak Island where the Lockwood Folly River […]


So far, so good. I actually may have overdone it a little yesterday with too much walking. Taking it easier today. Just a short walk  this morning. If the rain holds off, I’ll be back out this afternoon. So far I haven’t taken any Tylenol today, a step in the right direction. They gave me […]


Quick update: surgery went very well. We left home at 11:45 for the hour drive to the surgery center, got home at 5:15. Pretty amazing. They used very light sedation so I woke right up and was on my way home less than an hour after they were done. Friends of ours brought over lasagna […]

The Flip Side

OK, the previous post was about the joys of retired life. As with most things, there is also a flip side. During the last year I was teaching, so many people told me how lucky I was to be retiring, that they were so jealous. My standard reply got to be, "So you want to […]