Do You Play Through the Pain?

I’ve had a lifetime of joyful physical activity. From a childhood on the beach with hours spent in the ocean, on bikes, in the sand playing soccer and volleyball or hiking in the cliffs, there was never a day we kids weren’t in motion. As a teen I learned to love running and as a college student I took up mountaineering and cycling, both on the road and on the trails. Early adulthood brought me back to running and it was only during the 2007 City of Angels Half Marathon …

How to Ignore Pain and Hurt Your Body More: A Lesson in How to not Live with RA

If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis the chances are pretty good that you live with a certain amount of pain. My doctor is always asking what it is on a scale of 1 to 10 and I’m pretty content at a 1 or a 2. I’ve learned to live with it and enjoy my life. Maybe I’ll get into remission one day but it’s entirely possible that I won’t and my life will still be filled with mostly great days. After the initial diagnosis I got immediate relief from various medicines. …

Buying New Cars on a Whim

I’d really been looking for a larger sedan for Mr. G but then I turned on the diesel engine and felt the power and… well…. the rest is history. My father in law had just explained to me how he’s bought all of his cars on impulse. My father in law has impeccable taste in automobiles.   My tennis partner loves when I show up in new cars and she delights in driving each of them but this is the first time she’s been tempted. We’re going shopping in an hour. She …

The Only Thing Better than an Hour of Tennis is Two Hours of Tennis

The Facebook, G+ and Twitter fast is going better than I’d ever imagined. I have seen a drop off of readership here and I’m sorry about that but I try to tell myself that at some point my friends will think, “I haven’t heard from Jessica in a while. Maybe I should check her blog.” Or maybe not. Maybe I’m missable. That’s okay with me too. I had a tennis match at 9 this morning and typically you have 90 minutes on the court before someone gives you the boot. …

Tennis Needs to Declare Independence from the Royals

We were trying to watch tennis at Wimbledon this morning but the camera seems to have a hard time staying on the court. You see there’s this guy out of England who is a pretty solid fourth. Well, Nadal is out so maybe if he’s lucky he’ll be third behind Federer and Djokovic, but let’s face it, if Andy Murray had any luck at all he wouldn’t have been born in the same era as Federer, Nadal or Djokovic. Murray shows promise though, he’s the best tennis player to come out …