Category: swimming

Blessed are Too and To

The hardest thing about swimming laps is — 1.) Leaving the house. Walking out into the real world is cold. 2.) Getting in the water. If leaving the house is cold, getting into the water is doubly so. Changing in the locker room. Taking a… Continue Reading “Blessed are Too and To”

Blessed are the Individuals

Blessed are the individuals who have a sense of their own uniqueness the set of gifts and talents peculiar to them and who use those gifts for the good of others for they shall hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter… Continue Reading “Blessed are the Individuals”

Top Fives

Three Top Fives of 2018. Top five books — Les Miserables, The Hate U Give, Imitation of Christ, Conscience, and the whole series of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. Top five places I visited — Ales Stenar (the sun-ship in Sweden), Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg’s home in… Continue Reading “Top Fives”

Encourager or Discourager

Last week, I sat at the timing table in my effort to learn how to run the computer for swim meets. The woman on my right was the embodiment of sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice. She was genuine, kind, enthusiastic, and, like me, new and a little overwhelmed… Continue Reading “Encourager or Discourager”


Looking down and seeing up Looking through and seeing all Looking out and seeing in O peaceful pool, I am in thrall I close one eye Match window with line Switch eyes and now They misalign Every pool Has moments peace When swimmers jump… Continue Reading “Reflections”


When I walked into the pool area yesterday, one of my swimmers was waiting for me. She looked up at me with doleful eyes. The corners of her mouth were turned down. Way down. “What’s wrong?” I asked, crouching down to talk with her.… Continue Reading “Change”


I repeat the word “streamline” at least a dozen times every I’m on the deck.  I probably say it in my sleep. What I mean by streamline is what Michael Phelps is doing in this picture: It’s pretty straightforward (no pun intended). A couple… Continue Reading “Streamline”

The Perfect Job

“It must be boring,” said one of the swimmers this morning, “just watching people swim back and forth.” No. It really isn’t. Something about the rhythmic splash-splash-splash of a single person swimming down the pool is very Zen — and I say that in… Continue Reading “The Perfect Job”

The Record Board

Whenever I go to a pool, my eyes are drawn to the record board. It’s kind of funny, because I haven’t always been a fan of the record board. Helen still holds over 20 age-group records at the pool in Cooperstown — the earliest from when… Continue Reading “The Record Board”

The Role of Timers

8 & Under swimmers swarm around the pool deck like ants on a sidewalk. Some are aimless, while others seem to know where they are going. Clueless. That’s often the word I use to describe 8-and-unders. Mama can’t hover on the deck. Only those… Continue Reading “The Role of Timers”