“…be thou at peace…”

Yesterday, at midnight, my father The Rev. Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr., took his last breath on earth.  A few years ago I asked him the meaning of life. He said, “to know and serve God.” I responded, “say it in a different way.” He said, “life is about relationships – our relationship with God […]

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The Last hoorah

Yesterday was my father’s 84th birthday. Today is my parents 62nd wedding anniversary. This is the last celebration of both. They met senior year at Wheaton College outside of Chicago. They were engaged and married within a year. Football, seminary, farm churches, West Point. They lived an extraordinary life. There is something very powerful in […]

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Legacy Tripping

The dictionary would define Legacy as a gift or a bequest, that is handed down, endowed or conveyed from one person to another. It is something descendible one comes into possession of that is transmitted, inherited or received from a predecessor. I’ve been thinking a lot about legacies recently. We called in hospice for my father today. […]

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The Netherlands

When my father turned 80 this past month, I racked my brain to come up with the perfect gift. A new book? A sweater? A fabulous dinner out? Pot Brownies. But then I remembered it’s still illegal in Florida so we went to the Netherlands. My folks came to Europe to visit and we decided […]

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Happy Mother/Oma/Girlfriends Day

I never expected to have kids.   No, I don’t want to hold your baby. Please remove your small child from my Prada purse. Smell it? You want me to smell it? Smells like sour milk and crackers. There’s a scene from the movie Overboard where the mother says to Goldie Hawn’s character: “But darling, if you […]

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Reunions. Maybe You Can Go Home Again (& Other Life Lessons) Run 50

My parents are in town for a week. Parkinson’s makes it difficult for my father to travel and he doesn’t do well out of his routine but I needed them and they came. Life Lesson #1: Ask for what you need. Don’t expect to get what you want but ask for what you need. I […]

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Camp’n in New Jersey – Run 50

Over the river and through the woods To Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow. I grew up in New York. Every Monday we would leave our Rock Bound Highland Home and head over the river and through the woods for dinner with my […]

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Real Strife vs the Celebrity Life – NYC

This past weekend I was in NJ & NYC for a run and to visit family. (Stay tuned for my Jersey recap. It was an epic run.) Sunday was supposed to be a Central Park 4 miler. However, the evening before enticed by wonderful conversation and an equally enchanting liquor selection, I indulged in a […]

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The Delaware Easter Bunny

Cherry Blossom 5k in Wilmington, Delaware 9:30am on a Saturday. This was a blah race. Not because anything bad happened but because nothing happened. I didn’t run faster or harder or grow stronger. I didn’t make friends or enemies or intentionally trip the sorority girl running in a hot pink tutu and “i run for […]

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