Posts Tagged ‘Run for the Cure’


Why I’m Not Running For The Cure This Year

Monday, September 16th, 2013
CIBC Run for the Cure Ron Sombilon Gallery (72)

CIBC Run for the Cure Ron Sombilon Gallery (72) by SOMBILON ART, MEDIA and PHOTOGRAPHY, on Flickr

At this time in years past, this blog has been adorned with pink badges and pleas for money. I was very successful in raising funds from my generous friends. But this year, I’m not doing it. Here’s why. (more…)

What I’ve been doing …

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Blow the Shofar Horn at TechCrunch50
I’ve not posted here in over a week, but I have a good reason for it. The wonderful Barbara Feldman trusted me to write some of the little informative pieces on her website, Rosh Hashanah Fun. It’s got lovely colouring pages and stuff for kids, and it also has little tidbits of information, such as why we celebrate RH, what we eat, whether Yom Kippur is a happy or sad holiday, why we fast, etc. Even better, she’s PAYING me for it. I’m so excited. I’ve been paid for online writing before, but each time it fills me with wonder and awe.

Originally she was looking for one writer to write the 20 pieces on the website, but mercifully she decided to split it between me and the incomparable Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. I am kind of stunned that I’m up there with a rabbi, especially one I admire so much. Here’s a fun exercise for the reader: see if you can figure out which ones I wrote, and which ones she wrote.

Anyway, I will try to post more, now that I’ve got all my work for Barbara in (at least for now … there are hints she may want me to do more, which would make me very happy). For one thing, I want to get in on Rabbi Sommer’s Elul challenge, which you will have seen if you checked out her website above. I’ve also been feeling extremely artisanal in the kitchen lately, and I totally need to brag about everything I’ve been making.

Oh yeah, and I also need you guys to donate to my Breast Cancer run. Last year I made it to $1000. I’m not saying we necessarily need to duplicate that, but with heartfelt thanks to those who have already donated, I’m sure we can do better than $300 … 

What exciting things have you been doing?

It’s that time of year again …

Sunday, August 5th, 2012




I’ve signed up to run in the CIBC Run for the Cure. I’m not generally a big supporter of pink ribbon stuff, there’s just too much pinkwashing going on in this world.

But I have a weakness for this run, because it was the first 5K I ever ran (all of last year – nostalgia already!).

Also, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation assures me it has no formal links with the Susan B. Komen Foundation, recently in the news for pulling its funding for Planned Parenthood’s mammograms. So I feel pretty comfortable fundraising for this organisation. I have many friends and relatives who have been touched by the spectre of breast cancer, so there’s no question that the cause itself is worth supporting.

Last year you, my friends and readers, stunned me by donating over $1000 to support my run. So here I am again, virtual cap in hand, to beg you to repeat or even surpass that performance. The picture on this blog post should be a live link to my fundraising page (do please tell me if it doesn’t work!), and I will add the widget to my blog as well.

Whom am I running for? You, me, and every human mammal on this planet.

Team Pink Couch Potato Lizard Brain

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Happy couch potato girl

Photo by kitsunebabe

I am the luckiest girl in the world. The writer Holly Jahangiri is my friend and soul sister. (more…)

Running for the Cure

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
2007 CIBC Run for the Cure

2007 CIBC Run for the Cure by k-ideas, on Flickr

I’ve been trying to become a runner for quite a few years now – pretty much every summer I pull out my old running books and try to get myself going. I run a couple of times a week for a few weeks and then life interferes and I’m done. Also, I found that I couldn’t pace myself properly and ended up either injured or frustrated or both. (more…)