Half Marathon Walks (13.1 miles)

2015: 3 hours and 27 minutes
2013: 3 hours and 35 minutes
2012: 3 hours and 29 minutes
2011: 3 hours and 15 minutes
2008: 3 hours and 11 minutes
2015 Eugene Half Marathon Medal

2015 Eugene Half Marathon Medal

2015 Eugene Half Marathon Bib

2015 Eugene Half Marathon Bib

Medals from past completions of Half Marathons in Eugene

Medals from past completions of Half Marathons in Eugene

 Other Walks

2014 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles

2013 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles

2013 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K

2011 North American Outgames 5K

2011 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles

2010 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K

2009 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K

2008 Michel J Fox 5K

2008 Portland Marathon Walk (almost completed, 20 miles)

2008 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K

2008 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles

2007 Eugene Half Marathon 5K: 49 minutes and 8 seconds

2007 Vancouver BC Frontrunners 5K

2007 Butte to Butte 4.5 miles

And dozens of AIDS Walks (in Eugene, Portland, Vancouver BC, and Oqunquit Maine)

Mother’s Day 2015

Wishing all Mom’s a mellow day, full of sunshine.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Some mothers who have passed on but remain in my heart’s memory.

My Mom: Rita Marie Callahan Leverone

My Mom: Rita Marie Callahan Leverone

Nancy Newman

Nancy Newman

Clare McNally Johnson

Clare McNally Johnson

Faye Primka

Faye Primka

Peggy Leverone

Peggy Leverone

My mother's mother

My mother’s mother


My father's mother

My father’s mother

Roberta Phillips

Roberta Phillips

Now for mothers still with us:

Judith and Ana

Judith and Ana







Cathy Leverone

Cathy Leverone

Pat Platt Leverone

Pat Platt Leverone



Carolyn Larson

Carolyn Larson

Christine Johnson McBride

Christine Johnson McBride



Mary and I two days before Half Marathon

Preparation for Walking Eugene Half Marathon

Tuesday May 5th, we walked (sauntered) a half mile more than the 13.1 miles of a half marathon. We started our casual stroll along the route at 10:30 a.m. and crossed the finish line at Hayward Field at 4:30 p.m. We needed to stop for traffic here and there so our actual walking time came in at 4.5 hours. With a faster pace, jogging the downhill segments and cutting a 1/2 mile off our distance on Sunday May 10th, we should complete walking the Half Marathon in 3.5 hours.

Our walk will start at approximately 7:15 a.m. and we should cross the finish line at UO’s Hayward Field at approximately 10:45-11:00 a.m.

You can follow our progress by knowing our bib numbers (Mary is #5547) and I am #5107. To follow our progress you will need to go to the Eugene Marathon Homepage at There will also be real time updates automatically posted to my Facebook and Twitter account (@oregonvermont).You may also watch a live video of the finish from the Eugene Marathon Homepage link above. All of you can follow the fun of the Eugene Marathon with the #BestofEugene hashtag

As we finish up on Sunday, you may spot us as we enter the track at Hayward Field at 15th and Agate or sit in the West Grandstands to watch us cross the finish line or meet up with us in Field Number 1 located just WEST of Hayward’s West Grandstand by entering through the Spectator’s entrance and looking for the RED balloons.

Medals from past completions of Half Marathons in Eugene

Medals from past completions of Half Marathons in Eugene


Our time for sauntering the Eugene Half Marathon route (plus a 1/2 mile more) on Tuesday May 5th.

Occupy Medical Eugene Oregon

Please support Occupy Medical (Eugene); it provides free medical services to people in our community. They have been working at it every Sunday Noon-4 p.m. at the Park Blocks for several years now. I simply help by showing up at 10 a.m. most Sundays and helping other volunteers to set up three large tents. It takes about an hour and a half, quicker if it rains! Please see: for a variety of ways you can help.

At Occupy Medical on Sunday April 26, 2015

Just arrived at Occupy Medical location on Sunday April 26, 2015


Preparing to Walk the Eugene Half Marathon

I’ve been getting into shape to walk the Half Eugene Marathon again. I started my preparations on Valentine’s Day. As of today (April 20, 2015), a little over two months later, I have lost 7.6 pounds and have got my daily walking distance consistently in the range of 5 to 7 miles. I’m biking three times per week for ten miles. My treadmill one mile is down to 14.5 minutes.

I’ve got my outside walking pace down to 16 minutes per mile.

I now need to ratchet things up a bit as there are less than three weeks left before the start of the Eugene Half Marathon (May 10th, Mother’s Day). I am dedicating this walk to my mom, see photo below.

I am hoping for an official pace between 13.5 and 14.0 minutes per mile for the 13.1 mile walk. If I keep to this pace I should complete the half marathon in a little over 3 and a half hours. (I do run a bit on the downhill parts of the course, so my actual walking rate can be a little higher than my overall goal.)

Runners and Walkers from 48 states and 8 countries are planning to participate.

I hope some of my friends are either at the start line or the finish line (15th and Agate) along side of the famous Hayward Field. This year’s walk might be unique for me as I may just have a woman friend walking with me.

Stay tuned for the results come May 10th, 2015


My green drink for walks


Breakfast these days


Breakfast before the blender participates.


One of the things I hope to enjoy afterwards


Another thing I hope to enjoy afterwards


Dedicating this half marathon to my mom


What I hope to enjoy afterwards


Oh, my aching feet!


Another treat for afterwards


Dinner the evening of the walk


To go with dinner after the walk: Crown Royal and Ginger Ale with a twist

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magnolia blossom

Attended First WORDPRESS Blogging Conference

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I attended a full day workshop titled PRESS PUBLISH held by WordPress in Portland Oregon on March 28, 2015. is a blog WEB hosting service provider owned by AUTOMATTIC and powered by the open source WordPress software. It provides free blog hosting for registered users supported by paid upgrades, advertising and premium options. It was their first (inaugural) conference dedicated to BLOGGING. You can see a list of the topics covered at

I enjoyed all speakers but two were exceptional: Erick Prince-Heaggans and Jerry Mahoney.

Erick’s topic was titled: “Around the world in 80 posts.” 

He wants to be the first African American male to visit every country in the world. So far he has visited 73. He is a professional photographer and blogs to help make things better for others. His talk was full of passion and give-and-take with the audience.

His blog can be found at  

I dined at his table at lunch; he gave me contact information for a man who has blogged about travelling the world – without ever flying.

Erick is also owner and CEO of and Founder of A World Beyond Youth Exploration. You can read more about this organization at

Jerry’s topic was titled: “Which Came First, The Book Or The Blog?” His blog can be found at

Jerry’s first published book, “Mommy Man: How I Went From Mild-Mannered Geek to Superdad” is about the crazy road he and his boyfriend took to become dads. You can find more information about his book at His talk was humorous and substantive.

I learned a lot from the 15 sessions I attended which included technical topics on widgets, add-ons, use of statistics, phone camera photo techniques, videos upload tools, theme selection, comment management, blog customization, publicizing, monetizing, tagging, categorizing and more.

But more importantly I had the opportunity to listen to a variety of women and men share their passion for blogging, explain how they attained a wide readership and describe how much effort they put into their craft. Several speakers triggered specific thoughts on how I might do a better job with my own blog.

I even got one-on-one help (in the Happiness Lounge) with improving my own blog, including help upgrading (free for a year) to the premium version of WordPress.

Please note that my blog is now at (no longer at

Sculpture on OSF Plaza

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon Mar 11-12, 2015

I went on a wonderful trip to Ashland Oregon with fellow members of OLLI – Eugene Springfield (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) to attend three plays in two days. We arrived in time for a fantastic afternoon performance of Much Ado About Nothing in the Angus Bowmer Theatre and an evening performance of Pericles in the Thomas Theatre. We stayed overnight at the very comfortable and nearby Stratford Inn. The following morning we were treated to an hour-long engaging Q&A with Wayne Carr, the actor who played Pericles – the Prince of Tyre. That afternoon we attended the musical fable of Broadway, Guys and Dolls, back in the Bowmer and after a light supper at Southern Oregon University we all headed back to Eugene. Please see for more details.

The theatre experience was enhanced by audiences filled with hundreds of excited high school students.


The Bard



Some quotes (as best I was able to capture them) from Much Ado:

“What force drives liking to love?”

“You make fair weather yourself.”

“Make use of your discontent.”

“Friendship is constant in all except in love.”

“Til all graces be in one man, he shall not be in my grace.”

“Counterfeit never introduces itself to passion.”

“Some cupids succeed with arrows, others with traps.”

“Like a true drunkard, I will utter all to thee.”

“When the age is in, the wit is out.”

“Time has not so dried up this blood of mine.”

“Foul words are but foul wind.”

“What’s the matter with you with such a February face?”

“Man is giddy thing.”

“Thou are sad – get thee a wife!”


Some quotes (as best I was able to capture them) from Pericles:

“Pray that the wind blows fair!”

“One sorrow never comes than soon brings its heir.”

“I don’t look for reverence but for love.”

“We sit too long on trifles.”

“Oh, you gods, why do you make us love your glorious gifts, then so swiftly snatch them away?”

“We can not but obey the powers above us.”

“He bears a tempest which his mortal vessel holds.”

“We would closely agree if only both views were justly weighed.”

“I will..til sweet slumber rests upon my eyes.”

“Upon the touching of his lips, I may indeed melt and no longer be seen.”

“My father’s dead; the heavens made a star of him.”


Some quotes (as best I was able to capture them) from Guys and Dolls:

“Why do you want to get over him? He’s not pneumonia.”

“But more I can not wish you than to find your true love and the strong arms to carry you away.”

“You can’t make an alteration to a dress you haven’t bought.”


 My own quote:

“Be gentle; everyone’s life is more complicated than we know, even our own.”