And my theory about what made them so

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  1. Older Dogs, New Puppy — A Tale of Jealousy, Depression and Labrador Retrievers
  2. 5 Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Take that First Small Step
  3. Not An Overnight Success Story…

While these stories were widely read, the overwhelming number of readers were external to Medium. Therefore the above stories were not big earners. If you are interested in my best Medium earners, jump ahead to the next section (three stories with the most ‘Fans’).

People are generally finding these widely-read articles through Google, and a high percentage of people who view the article actually read it. It took me a…

Wait! This is NOT what I asked for!

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The morning had begun badly.
We stayed up too late.
Got up too early.
Were rude and nasty to each other.

In anger I took 2 dogs and headed to North Lake.
It was 27 degrees and windy,
believe it or not this morning, April 16th, at North Lake at 7 AM.
There was a dusting of snow that had turned to ice on the road.

Crap, probably shouldn’t have worn sneakers. Definitely should have worn warmer pants Not these ridiculous lounge-wear things that I slept in. No matter. Not going back. He had a work call and I was…

A sports story you might have missed

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Billy Mills and Mohammed Gammoudi — public domain photo

October 14, 1964 — Tokyo Olympics

Thirty-eight men approached the starting line in the Olympic Stadium for the 10,000-meter race. The runners steadied themselves, leaned forward. The air was heavy with anticipation. Time seemed to stand still as the starter called for attention and raised the gun. Then they were off, jostling for position, running three and four deep around the curve.

A 10,000-meter race is 25 laps around the standard-size track. It is the longest track and field event that happens exclusively on the track. While popular in Europe, Americans rarely watch a 10,000-meter track race outside of Olympic…


Happiness Versus Satisfaction — How I See It

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Happiness image by Jill Wellington. Satisfaction image (girls) by Cheryl Holt.

First, dear reader, what I’m about to say is how things work for me. You might feel differently, and that’s okay.

There’s a scene in a movie where a husband tells his wife that he is filing for divorce. She’s shocked, and he asks, “Honestly, have you been happy in our marriage?”

She pauses, then replies, “I’ve been happy enough.”

I love that line because I am ‘happy enough’ with my life. Not loving every moment, not without heartaches or worry, but I’m satisfied.

Being satisfied doesn’t mean that I’m not pursuing happiness and joy. It just means I…

Missing touch makes my heart ache.

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I’d like to give the world a hug — but a Labrador Retriever must do in this moment. (Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash)

I feel it most painfully when I say goodbye to my elderly mother. She comes to visit me, leaving her senior community with its no-visitation-Coronavirus policy and comes to sit outside. We talk for an hour, six feet apart, sharing a laugh, and then she leaves — before she will need a bathroom and while she feels strong enough for the short drive home.

The part that hurts the most is saying goodbye without hugging her. I can feel my chest ache. I would risk the germs. She might risk the germs — but there are others to consider —…

Alps to Ocean, the challenge that motivated my lazy ass

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A runner at Mt. Cook in New Zealand where my running challenge began. Photo by Tim Grundtner from Pexels

During the pandemic, I rekindled my love of running. My husband and I would ride to the high school or park almost every day and put one foot in front of the other. Mid-summer knee pain made me switch to biking, but I was back to mostly running by fall.

When the days grew short and the temperatures dropped, we were still eager to escape the house and breathe fresh air. I grumbled about the weather but still admired the sky and trees. The sustained physical effort of running always made me feel better, more upbeat.

And then it snowed…

Hi Tim - I noticed your writing soon after joining Medium. You seemed to be published every other day in the big publications - Startup, Forge, etc and yes had a million views and claps galore. I figured you were gleefully selecting the paint color of your Porsche.

Honestly I couldn't figure out why you were doing so well and I was doing so crappy. You had great titles. So great in fact that I actually created a spreadsheet with the phrases that got my attention. Yes, I have a Tim Denning spreadsheet. But the guts of your articles seemed…

Plus what to do when you encounter a barking dog on your run

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Public domain image of Roger Bannister, source Wikimedia

I hope these quotes from famous runners inspire you as they do me. I’m printing off this image above to keep beside my laptop. I won’t set any records with my running, but I can achieve something extraordinary with my life if I believe that I can.

Bill Rodgers Quotes

Don’t feel guilty about driving somewhere nice to run. If people can drive to a park to eat hot dogs, you can drive there to run.

Bill Rodgers

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Depression can literally be a life-threatening risk when you’re unemployed. It can sap your ability to get out of bed and move, let alone look for a job. According to Gallup, you are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from depression if you are out-of-work than if working full-time.

First things first, if you are in crisis, please consider reaching out to the crisis text line.

In a crisis? Contact the Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor Free 24/7 support at your fingertips US and Canada: text 741741 UK: text 85258…

She found three sweaters, two skirts, and an easy cure for being rejected

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Submitting something you’ve written takes courage. If what you’ve written is rejected, it can hurt. But if you don’t think of it as a rejection, it’s easier to take it in stride. Here’s what I discovered.

A long time ago

This happened way back when all submissions went through the postal service. Every submission felt so significant. I’d send it off full of hope and wait weeks or months for a reply. Sometimes as I checked the mail, I would tell myself that the slow response probably meant my story was really being considered.

When the rejection came, it always deflated me. Occasionally, there…

Anne Emerick

A programmer by day, author by night. When I put on running tights, I like to imagine I’m a super hero. Creator of Follow me if you dare.

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