How the organizers of the Chicago Marathon successfully ferried pedestrians across the course during the race

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Organizing and executing a successful marathon in a large city like Chicago is not an easy task. Planning starts the day after the previous year’s marathon and continues for a full year; right up to the day of the race. There is a seemingly endless list of factors to consider:

A song

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I saw you walking
down the street today
I ducked inside the Tastee-Freez
’cause I didn’t have a thing to say

What’s the difference
never liked you anyway
what’s it matter
you were just an occasional stray

And I saw you
and it all came rushing back
when I saw you
Talking heart…

A narrative poem

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Make for base camp
at the break of dawn
shorts and boots
a t-shirt and a 50-pound pack
sun shining
the reflection
causing sweat to bead on the brow
post-holing through
the soft wet snow
making for high camp
at 10,000 feet

Finally pulling into
the temporary base
sore and exhausted
but nothing…

A song

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You met him in high school
they always did say
a second-string QB
that never did play

But few people knew
there was planted a seed
and all that he wanted
was to trade paint and speed

So off to the circuit
and winning would follow
you want to be happy
but success…

A poem

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I don’t use mirrors much these days
I don’t like what I see
the person staring at my face
surely can’t be me

I’m not sure when the change took place
when I became much older
gone now are my halcyon days
and a life lived so much bolder


Marc Chagall, Over the town, 1918, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

A poem

How I discovered writing through an obscure Mickey Rourke movie

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Way back in 1994 I was browsing movies on HBO and came across a movie called Barfly. It was a film from 1987 and stars Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. I didn’t know at the time the movie was about the celebrated author and poet Charles Bukowski, and his fictional…

A song

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As the sun shines through my window
and I start another day
thirtysomething, disconnected
searching for my way

Back into the rat race world
I barely feel I’m seen
the only thing to get me through
a big cup of caffeine

And I look at you with your Starbucks smile

A poem

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There is little doubt in my mind
that motherhood
has to be one of the toughest jobs
on the planet

Not only do mothers have to
care for a child for 18 years (on the low end)
but they also must attempt to shape the child
into becoming a productive member of society…

A poem

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The old man never really had any friends
he had dedicated his life to his work
and never made any truly personal connections
even though he was always surrounded by people

He had made many breakthroughs in his field
had over a dozen patents and twice as many awards
and while he…

Mike Scarpiello

Interaction designer, writer, musician, poet, humorist, mountaineer, world traveler, bull runner, music junkie, craft beer enthusiast.

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