See Usain Bolt’s electrifying 200-meter win at world championships

For The Win

In Sunday’s 100-meter final at the world track and field championships, American Justin Gatlin had a slight stumble at the 80-meter mark, giving Usain Bolt the slight window he needed to cross the line ahead of him by just .01 seconds. Gatlin’s challenge seemed to portend a tight 200 with Bolt, the world-record holder and a man who hasn’t lost the race in the last five worlds or the Olympics.

“Seemed” was the operative word. Though Gatlin got off to a quick start on Thursday night in Beijing and looked like he might challenge Bolt off the turn, the Jamaican hit his stride at the top of the homestretch, leaving Gatlin in so much dust that he was able to shut down at about the 160-meter mark and jog across the finish line in 19.55. It was another stunning performance for the most electrifying athlete in the world.



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American runner loses bronze medal after celebrating too early

For The Win

An American distance runner lost a bronze medal after one of those all-too-common cringeworthy moments in track events: She celebrated too early.

Molly Huddle lost to fellow American Emily Infeld in the 10,000 meter race at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Monday — a moment she told Universal Sports (via NBC Sports) was “painful to watch.”

From NBC Sports:

“Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a little bit. She had this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers. … The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won’t ever come around again.”

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Huddle joins a long list of runners who have celebrated their wins…

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Cleveland Minister Shocked by New Year’s Revelry

YesterYear Once More

Image from The Rabbit Hole USA.


Cleveland Minister Sees New Year In At Cafes.

Cleveland, Jan. 1 —

“I am shocked. The faces of women drinkers look like masks.” The Rev. George Hugh Birney, pastor of Euclid Avenue Methodist Church, so declared today after a personal observation tour of New Year revelries in Cleveland cafes and grill rooms.

In one cafe a young girl bounced a toy balloon off the head of the Rev. Mr. Birney. He declined to buy her a drink.

“Her feet were too far under the table,” he explained.

The clergyman joined in singing “It’s a Long Way To Tipperary” and “Auld Lang Syne” in another cafe. His voice mingled with those who had celebrated all evening.

“It was an orgy,” he said after the tour. “I shall tell my parishioners all about.”

The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) Jan 2, 1915

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Reading on the Regular

The Daily Post

With 2015 on its way, some of you might have blogging goals for the new year:

I want to publish a post every day.

I want to launch a blog with a few of my favorite bloggers.

I want to take my writing to the next level.

I want to make my mark on the internet — in a way that only I can.

This year, I was especially inspired by ongoing and serial projects, like Leah Reich’s A Year of Wednesdays collection, Ann Morgan’s A Year of Reading the World book list, and Andrea Badgley’s Andrea Reads America blog.

One essay a week, every Wednesday, for a year.

Leah Reich writes about culture, technology, relationships, and more. In her Medium collection, A Year of Wednesdays, she has published an essay every Wednesday this year. What I love the most is that these musings are quite short — two…

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61 Musings Revisited

61 Musings

The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is hindsightNow that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.  Wow, what a scary idea.  That was 234 posts ago and a lot has happened since then.

61My logo got a little spruced up.  The original is on the left.  I aged from 61 to 62.  No, I didn’t change the name of the blog.  I decided at the beginning that I wouldn’t do that.  I’d just let it stay at 61, a mile marker for where I began this journey.

I became a leading blogger on the world of introverts and went from a handful of followers to over 2000 of them.

I learned to have fun with my blog, and then I made it too much like a job and got burned out on it.  It’s taken me a while to recover from that. …

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18 Minutes to Find Yourself

61 Musings

18MinutesThe Universe does tend to work in incredibly serendipitous ways that never cease to amaze and amuse me.  Take Thursday, for example.   Cee and I had been discussing passions in life.  Hers is definitely photography.  She comes alive with a camera in her hands.

I couldn’t figure out what passion is.  What’s the driving thing that brings me the most pleasure?  She defined it for me… asking questions.  I’m always reading, researching, wanting to learn more.

I began yesterday by wondering why TED decided that 18 minutes would be the length of their presentations.  (If you’re curious, see the answer below.)  In the course of that, I discovered a book that I can’t put down, “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman.  The subtitle reads, “Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”.  I read the first 136 pages without coming up for air.

“Golly”, you’re thinking…

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