An Asterisk (For Now)


While I fancy myself more Batman than Superman (my Flash days are long behind me), I do have my own Kryptonite:  heat and humidity.  So, back in late May, when I decided to train for another crack at a sub-twenty minute 5K, the weather in the Midlands of South Carolina looked to be the fly inRead more

You’re Fired!

If I was a drinking man, this might have been me in 2016: Sitting on this barstool, talking like a damn fool Got the twelve o’clock news blues And I’ve given up hope for the afternoon soaps And a bottle of cold brew Is it any wonder I’m not crazy? Is it any wonder I’m saneRead more

Old Dog, New Trick?


April 11, 2009 was probably the most historic day in Fowler Family running history.  Not only was the Newberry County Memorial Hospital 5K that day the first 5K for my wife, my son, and me, all three of us actually won age group division awards. As an eleven year-old fifth grader, my son finished first in the 10-14Read more



In 1982, the year 1999 seemed so far away.  Thanks to cable television, a channel called MTV, and a young artist named Prince, the turn of the century was all the rage, though.  It was hard not to see the video for the song “1999” (from the album of the same name) and it’s followup,Read more

Goodbye, Louise


As we pulled into the church parking lot, the old smokestack caught my eye. I made a mental note to take a picture of it before before we headed back out. The family and I exited the car and made our way around to the back of the church and entered the small fellowship hall.  It was timeRead more

So Close – But Yet…

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I am a great starter. Need someone to run the first twenty miles of a marathon? No problem.  Need to tear apart an old Jeep in hopes of rebuilding it? Give me a wrench. Want to paint the master bathroom?  Let’s go to Sherwin Williams. Oh…Wait…You want a finisher? Well, hold on there, pardner. Finishing isRead more

Lessons from NaNoWriMo 2015

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NaNoWriMo. That’s a weird word.  I bet you’re asking “What in the world is NaNoWriMo?” NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  This is an event/contest put on each November by the folks at, a non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, is to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around theRead more