Off & Running
a Blog of Life on the Run


The travel bug hit again. Although I've been traveling more this year than normal, it was time to get away. Setting up Sisarina to run without me, my new Executive Assistant changed my work email password and my team hugged me goodbye. With my Auntie Gay, my mother's sister, meeting me in Rome, I headed off for adventure. This is a recap of our adventures.

Monday, October 18 - Friday, November 1

Next post: a Saturday in Spoleto (coming soon!)

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The Loss of My First Love
December 21, 2015
December 2004.  Sacramento, California. Freshly divorced. Adoption day.   Your foster mom brought you over. We watched you intently. You took in
The Secrets of Letting Go
August 26, 2015
It was Valentine’s Day.  A secret day.  Today, she would marry him. At 23, she knows what she
No More Should-ing On Myself
July 7, 2015
  “If God gives such attention to the wildflowers - most of which are never even
Struggling With Purpose
June 13, 2015
The breeze blows through big open windows rustling the white drapes. The oppressive heat hasn’t fully arrived yet
As You Are. Not As You Should Be.
April 21, 2015
  Hi. My name is Melanie and I feel like a failure on a daily basis.