Be the angel among angels.

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Photo by Morgan Sessions on Unsplash

I don’t need to tell you. We are living in extremely overwhelming and difficult times. One way I cope with difficult times and challenges is to run.

Journaling is another way I cope. It’s good therapy. Journaling is healing and restorative. I document the difficult experiences. I also document beautiful moments.

From time to time I go through my journal. Today I came across an entry I made in my journal two years ago today — January 15, 2019.

I recorded an encounter I had with an angel.

I wrote:

Everyday is a blessing but some days have more sparkle than others, don’t you think! After having lunch with a dear friend who’s having difficulties at work, she headed back to work and I headed to the mall to take a break from running and to walk around the mall instead to log a mile or 2. …


She’s unstoppable and continues to set USA and World Records.

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Photo by Spencer Markle

I never tire of interviewing Pamela Chapman Markle. And she never tires of running grueling hours and distances, and setting USA and world records in in her age group, not even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I recently interviewed Pamela about what it’s been like during the pandemic. It hasn’t been much fun. “Nine races cancelled on me. Badwater and Spartathlon were the last two cancelled. I was literally depressed about it,” she lamented. “But I helped a lot race directors because a lot of cancellations did not defer. In the Badwater series you lost every penny you sent.”

Pamela was one of twelve Americans given special permission to head to Greece in September only to learn a week before flying to Greece that Spartathlon was cancelled. …


A memoir of family, love, determination, resiliency, hope, and always questioning and following the data.

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What is Castleman disease? Read Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action and be astonished by David Fajgenbaum’s harrowing medical journey with this deadly disease.

That he lived to write about it, and become a leading authority and advocate for finding treatment and a cure for Castleman disease, is simply a miracle.

Chasing My Cure is an engrossing and compelling page-turning memoir. Fajgenbaum writes as a physician, scientist, and patient.

While in medical school he becomes a patient with unexplainable symptoms , blood moles, and a fluid filled body. His organs begin to shut down.

Doctors are stumped. Could it be lymphoma? It is an autoimmune disease? …


Patients need to be alert and doctors need to acknowledge their error and apologize to patients.

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Have you experienced a medical error? Have you been harmed by a medical error? Do you know someone who is permanently harmed or has died as a result of a medical error?

In her latest book, When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and professor at NYU Medical School, Danielle Ofri presents eye-opening research and interviews with scholars and experts that focus on studies that investigate the cause of medical errors, the shortcomings of EMRs (electronic medical records), and missed diagnoses.

Ofri also discusses bias in hospital care and treatment, resident work hours, nurse work conditions, and why it’s so hard to file medical malpractice lawsuits. …


Why I Ran the 24 Hr 50K+ Solo Challenge and Why I’m Running the Tip to Tip Great Florida Traverse 901 Mile Ultramarathon.

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Logging miles at the virtual Tip to Tip Great Florida All The Way 901 Mile Ultra. Photo by Jon Gilbert

Running for Cancer Caregivers

In 2020, approximately 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. A 2018 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) report shows that the number of cancer caregivers in the U.S. ranges from a startling 2.8 to 6.1 million, with caregivers providing an average of almost 33 hours a week of care for their loved ones tackling cancer, whether they be friends or family.

In 2018, I became a cancer caregiver when my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

My husband endured aggressive radiation treatments, chemotherapy every other Wednesday for two years, and four surgeries. …


Put these books on your summer reading list.

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My collection of signed and inscribed books.

The Books in My Life

Years ago at our local library’s used book sale I came across a paperback book titled The Books in My Life. As a bibliophile with over 1,200 books in my house, the title resonated with me.

I opened the book and discovered it was signed by its British author Colin Wilson. I paid a dollar for this wonderful memoir, and added it to my collection of signed and inscribed books.

You might be wondering — what is the difference between a signed book and an inscribed book. A signed book contains only the author’s signature. …


I safely ran the Blue Ridge marathon in my neighborhood.

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Mile 16. Photo by Jon Gilbert

Winner

I was excited to be one of the winners of a free registration to the Blue Ridge marathon during a fun running related Q & A hour on Twitter hosted by @Bib Rave.

I was looking forward to running Blue Ridge, dubbed “America’s toughest road marathon” on April 18 along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia with over 7,000 ft of elevation gain. The time-limit for this tough marathon is 7.5 hours.

Then the coronavirus struck and running events were cancelled including the Blue Ridge marathon. …


Her career started at her first open mic. Sixteen years later Linda is still making audiences laugh.

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Photo by Elliot Sloman on Unsplash

Always Made Me Laugh

I’d been waiting for comedian Linda Belt to perform at a venue closer to where I live.

Linda and I first met when we were students at Rutgers College. She was hilarious. Linda always made me laugh.

We got reunited at a college reunion in 2005 and I learned she was a professional comedian. Two years ago, we found each other on Facebook.

Finally, in February my husband and I caught one of her shows about an hour and a half from home just as the coronavirus was starting to spread. …


In the time of Corona, plant a vegetable garden and watch it grow your own food.

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Kale, strawberries, and romaine lettuce from our garden. Photo by Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

To nurture a garden is to feed not only the body, but to feed the soul ~ Alfred Austin

I say, plant a garden and watch it grow your own food.

Gardening in the time of Corona

The world is now living in the time of the Corona pandemic. All of our lives have been turned upside town.

But my husband and I are grateful for our vegetable gardens and look forward to our harvest in the summer and fall.

We have had great success with our vegetable gardens. In spring 2017, my husband Jon and I planted our first vegetable garden. We researched gardening websites to learn how to go about planting one. …


Keeping her sober and feeling alive.

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Photo courtesy of Catra Corbett

A Passion

I first learned of Catra Corbett when I read her 2018 memoir Reborn on the Run. She writes, “I had to be a drug addict to become an ultrarunner. I had to find a passion to overcome my addiction.”

I met Cartra at the Across the Years (ATY) multi-day running festival in Glendale, AZ in January. She was running the 10 day event. I was running the 48 hour ultra. Somewhere around day 5 of her 10 day run and at about mile 30 of my run, I introduced myself. …

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