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Tag: sports

On the Trail – Sometimes the Wildlife is the Least of Your Problems

View From the Hiking Trail:

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Mood Reading:  ZZZ’s (I know it’s just a piddly hour difference – but this daylight savings thing is kicking my butt.  (I hate waking up when it’s dark – and often just don’t!)

There are two kinds of people in this world:  dog-lovers and everyone copy 3

It’s not that I don’t like those in the latter category, on the contrary. I Read the rest of this entry »


From Dream to Legacy: A Personal History in the Pole Vault (or Fiberglass Vaulting Poles 101 – now the unabridged version)

View From the Bleachers:


Mood Reading:  zzz’s (catching up on the ones I lost during the holidays)

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  The interview contained herein was posted last night – and appeared as it does in Vaulter magazine.  Due to space and length constraints of the magazine, some of the more anecdotal portions understandably were edited out. This morning however, after a few cups of coffee I realized the only constraints of my blog are my readers attention spans and refills of the respective beverages they may be consuming while reading it. So grab yourself a refill and get comfy — I have included those portions back in. (and thank Vaulter Magazine for posting a link to the unedited version as well) 

It’s that time of year.  With the National Pole Vault Summit quicklyMary Saxer copy approaching on Jan. 17th, (that 3-day epic sporting event celebrating the lifeblood of my immediate family) this space will once again be temporarily diverted from the intermittent ramblings of a rural blonde writer to the musings of a well-seasoned (read that: aging) pit-lizard.

As such, I was recently asked by Vaulter Magazine and friend Bubba Sparks for an interview about my father, his life, and personal observations around the pole vault pit for this month’s issue. (There is an upside to sheer longevity after all.)  I was not only touched to be asked but enjoyed revisiting happy memories of my father, family, Read the rest of this entry »

From the National Pole Vault Summit – Daily Blog Installment 1.

Note to my faithful readers:  This space, From the Kitchen Counter, has been hijacked for the coming week and will be coming to you live as: “From the National Pole Vault Summit”.

Track & Field: National Pole Vault Summit

This is the time of year my two worlds collide.  My writer, gad-about, civilian, “normal” life (using that term loosely) meets my parallel universe – the whacky, intense, sometimes irrational, mostly obsessive/compulsive world and business which dominates the rest of my family (and their blackberries and iphones)  otherwise known as The Pole Vault.

imagesI will be posting live on the run-up to and during the entire Pole Vault Summit, depending of course on a variety of factors…namely how crazy things get, how much time I have, my mood and how much Chardonnay I’ve had the night before. Read the rest of this entry »

Of Pole-Vault, Petunias and A Hope for Spring!

Weather today:  Sunny, warm, (spring has arrived, for a day anyway!)

View from the Stanford Shopping Center (Palo Alto, CA):

Mood Reading: ZZZZZ’s!!! (It’s a fiver – slept like a rock!)

The hubby and I took a little road trip this weekend over the Sierras to Palo Alto (a 4 hour drive — tops) and Stanford University for a track meet.  I always love these little get-aways — you don’t need an airline ticket or travel insurance and no one has to come water the houseplants or pick up the mail — but if you live in Nevada this time of year, it feels like a journey to a foreign country! Read the rest of this entry »