Phedippidations

The Longest "Running" Podcast in the Universe.

The Podcasts

To quote Judy Collins:

 

“Isn't it rich?

Are we a pair?

Me here at last on the ground,

You in mid-air,

Where are the clowns?

There ought to be clowns”

 

On behalf of my Dad and the woman who gave my siblings and I life, who in turn gave life to her grandchildren…We want to thank you with all of our hearts for being here today.

 

I’m Stephen John, Loretta’s first child and like you, I will always miss her.

 

But then there’s this weird thing, and I know my Mom was keenly aware of this: “the phenomenon of living on in your progeny”

 

Her influence, taste, opinion, knowledge, philosophy, story and voice…will continue to live on within us.

 

My Mom, or “Ra Ra” as her grandchildren call her, was always good at remembering special days with a card. Every year on Ellen’s birthday (December 25th) she’d write “you’re still my best Christmas present ever!” on her birthday card…and so on Christmas Day, 2009 when Ellen broke the news that she was pregnant with the twins giving my Mom a framed print of the ultrasound: Mom squealed loudly with joy and said “Ellen, If you EVER need ANY help with the kids, I mean ANYTHING just let me know…I’ll send Dad over.”

 

I used to joke with her that she was the curator of “Cliche Hell”…because she would always have just the right hackneyed phrase of wit to underscore the situation.

 

If something went wrong she’d say: “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”

 

If you were feeling pressure or tension she’d say: “Stressed spelled backwards is dessert”

 

If you listen very carefully you can still hear her now: “Stephen”, she’ll say:

 

SUSAN: “Those of you who think you know so much are very annoying to those of us who do”.

 

See what I mean? She had a knack for comic delivery.

 

My Mom, Loretta: is obviously still with us: she has influenced and metaphorically touched us in ways that we can’t understand at the momement.

 

You may have heard some of us use the phrase “Tri-si-so”.  It’s a term of endearment of which I am the author ,but there’s an element of body language associated with it you may not know about. When I was a child, before developing this amazing skill of speech, my Mom would ask: “Stephen, how much do you love me?” to which I’d respond, arms open wide “Tri-Si-So”.  It means “This much: With all my heart”.

 

 

 

You want to experience my Mom’s presence? That’s easy: just spend some time with her children.

 

Ellen will demonstrate her strength,

Susan will demonstrate her love of friends and family,

Mark will demonstrate his kindness to creatures great and small.

Her grandchildren will demonstrate her love of adventure, stories and giving.

 

And I, I can tell you of her compassion, it wasn’t just “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” kind of compassion…she was more of a “be kind to others” kinda person. She always voted for the party of “do no harm”: JFK, RFK, Carter, Clinton, and Obama: you’re welcome…she even voted with compassion.

 

Whenever we had a problem... Moms solution was always to follow the path of kindness.

 

My Mom, Loretta, was a big beliver in authenticty: she taught her children and grandchildren to embrace the experiences of life, to cherish the arts of theatre, music, food, and the epic shouts and laughter of an Italian Family Dinner.

 

She traveled the world and encouraged us to do the same…not just to see the world, but to taste, hear, smell and feel it.  She wanted us to experience the world fully and authentically. 

 

Mom and Dad didn’t just visit Italy, They emersed themselves in it, savoring the land of her ancestors.

 

Last Thursday I asked my Dad go to Fenway with me for game one of the ALCS. He didn’t want to leave Mom alone, of course. She died holding his hand. “Don’t leave me” she said, her last words in life. As you’d expect: He didn’t.

 

When my siblings, neices and nephews were children, my Mom would read to us and encouraged us to do so as well. Mom is why her children and grandchildren have always loved to read…except maybe for Johnny, because: well…he’s Johnny.

 

“The Giving Tree”, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”, “Strega Nona” and of course Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” were some of her favorites.

 

In a special scene near the end of the book, it’s been a year since The Little Prince had left his planet, and he was going home.  Saint-Exupery writes:

 

“…And at night you will look up at the stars.

Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found.

It is better, like that.

My star will be just one of the stars for you.

And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens…they will all be your friends. And besides I am going to make you a present…

 

He laughed again.

 

“Ah, little Prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!”.

 

“That is my present.  Just that…It will be as it was when we drank the water…”

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people.

For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. 

For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky.

For others, who are scholars, they are problems. 

For my businessmen they were wealth. 

But all these stars are silent.

You - you alone - will have the stars as no one else has them -“

 

“What are you trying to say?”

 

In one of those stars I shall be living.

In one of them I shall be laughing.

And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night.

You - only you - will have stars that can laugh”.

 

I think that’s what my Mom was trying to tell us all these years:

 

Enjoy simply

Feel deeply

Think freely

Dance as though no one is watching

Love as though you’ve never been hurt before

Sing as though no one can hear you

Live well

Laugh often

Love much

and be kind.

 

I love you Mom, Tree-si-so with all my heart. 

Direct download: Moms_Eulogy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

Health, SCJ and other stuff.  This is me checking in. Be happy.

Direct download: 2018-09-29-09-19-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

This is the most important election in the history of 'Merica.  You really need to vote this time: and I have a suggestion as to how.

Direct download: 2018-09-01-07-35-49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

In these troublesome times for our Country and World, you should know that there is a dude.  A dude who asks only for the occasional adult beverage, a dude who does mind, the Dude minds. “This will not stand”, he’ll say, “ya know, this aggression will not stand man.”

Mike is the dude, so that’s what you call him. That or His Dudeness of Duder or El Duderino if your not into the whole brevity thing.  Above all, the Dude Abides: and you should find comfort in that.

Direct download: Fdip355.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Friends, fellow runners…thinkers all of you, I am honored yet a little squeamish to introduce my pal: Mike.

Direct download: Fdip354.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's not the kind of place to raise a kid, in fact it's HOT as hell.

Direct download: IPS12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

A great circle on the celestial sphere.

Direct download: IPS11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

There Outer Space, Inner Space, No Space and HEAD SPACE.

Direct download: IPS10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

J. Robert Oppenheimer reflects on the moment that the first atomic bomb exploded. Nice one Bobby. 

Direct download: IPS9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Where is the center of the Universe?  I've got a better question.

Direct download: IPS8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Take this episode out with you between 9:30 PM and 10:30 PM if you're in the northern hemisphere of the Planet Earth and look to the South.  I wanna show you something cool.

Direct download: IPS7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am EDT

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
Direct download: IPS6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Look, in the sky...it's a bird, it's a plane, it's THE ORB!

Direct download: IPS5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This planet, Earth, is all we have.

Direct download: IPS4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

You might want to adjust your Fitbit buddy: you traveled much further that you think.

Direct download: IPS3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Solstice is a time to be mindful.  

It’s about being present, but not about stopping time

It’s about savoring the present without thinking or feeling about it
 
It’s about acknowledging all the emails, text messages, tweets, updates, news flashes, alerts, alarms and distractions without engaging with them for a few minutes
 
It’s about learning how to interact with the universe around us in a focused, meaningful, thoughtful way.
 
We’re standing or sitting or laying down on a planet that is orbiting around it’s axis once a day, and orbits a star every year and rises and falls up and down along the plane of a universe every 125 million years that has spinning away from the galactic center 
Direct download: IPS2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Happy Summer Solstice.  This is the first of a 30 day series of short podcasts that I'm calling "Intervals Post Solstice".  In today's episode I talk about the solstice itself.

Direct download: IPS201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44am EDT

This is my father. Glenn Francis Walker, son of Pius Alexander Walker and Helena Viola MacDonald, my Grampa and Nana.

Grampa was the son of Angus B. Walker and Theresa Morrison, my great grandparents, 

Angus was the son of Peter Walker and Mary MacDonald, my great great grandparents.

Peter was the son of Angus Walker who married  Sara McPhee on February 9th, 1846 at Saint Micheals Roman Catholic Church on Prince Edward Island, Canada: my great, great, great grandparents.

I’m sure that my ancestors beyond Grampa were great. But my Dad?  Glenn Francis Walker, whose birth certificate from Boston Lying-In Hospital in Boston Massachusetts certified that Francis Glenn Walker, weighing 8 pounds 3 ops was born at 2:19 PM on May 25th, 1937…my Dad, he’s the greatest.

I love you tree-tri-so Dad. Happy Fathers Day.

Direct download: Fdip353.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

Direct download: 2018-06-12-16-53-37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Anthony Bourdain was found dead today, and the world is a little less cool because of it.

Direct download: 2018-06-08-08-17-52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

My nephew Johnny is my first "guest" on this new format of the podcast Phedippidations.  As I move closer to my 13th year of podcasting, it's time to get back to the roots of this "show".  Johnny was my absolute last choice to embark on this new venture. We're all doomed.

Direct download: Fdip352.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27am EDT

I went to "THE BOOK OF FACES" lately, where I have a Phedippidations Facebook pagey-thing, and I asked for advice with a creative block I've been suffering.  Also, I talk about transcendental meditation vs mindful meditation as if I even know what I'm talking about (hint: I don't).

https://www.facebook.com/steverunnerblog

 

Direct download: 2018-05-10-14-37-42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

A great book that I'm reading is "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari.  I highly recommend this great book about the history of mankind.  Also, I contemplate (not meditate) on the benefits that guided meditation has brought me.

Direct download: 2018-04-28-12-23-17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

In response to a very thoughtful email from fellow runner Rick, I present for you my response.  We agree on most things, disagree on others...but we're NOT "disagreeable" with each other.  There's a lesson in this for the rest of 'Merica.

Direct download: 2018-04-23-10-39-16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

In this episode of Intervals, I PROMISE you that I'm working on a new episode of Phedippidations!  A big CONGRATS to the runners of the Boston Marathon and my efforts to drink more water and getting off the pills!

Direct download: intervals2042020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

I've been using this app; and I think it's pretty cool.

Direct download: 2018-04-04-12-36-22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

Direct download: 2018-03-21-11-02-57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54am EDT

In the early 1980’s George Sheehan would give an oration to a packed auditorium at the Health and Fitness Expo a day before the Boston Marathon.  What you’re about to hear is one of those speeches. 

Direct download: Fdip351.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

First a response to fellow runner Roy, who points out that "No one ever in the history of the world finished a run and regretted having set out".  Also, I talk about a Facebook post that a bunch of family and friends completely misunderstood.

Direct download: 2018-02-27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

I've got three things to talk about today.  The guns bit won't take long, as there's not much to say. The gadgets bit, takes a bit longer...because I loves me gadgets, and the goodbye to my friend Kevin...I'm going to miss that guy.

Direct download: 2018-02-16-14-30-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death. FUCK the NRA.

Direct download: Intervals2018-02-15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Being kind is something any of us can do, because we're "Bigger on the Inside".

Direct download: Fdip350.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is kind of a test of some new podcasting equipment and a quasi review of my new iPhone.

Direct download: 2018-01-24-08-20-34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

As of 7:30 PM this evening (1/19/2018) I will have been alive for exactly 56 years.  Life is good.

Direct download: 2018-01-18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Happy New Year

Direct download: Day2031.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

1