Register Today for Dallas Event Featuring Andrea Tantaros; Anne Carmichael to Lead Dallas 

Andrea Tantaros, co-host of “Outnumbered” and “The Five” on the Fox News Channel, will be the keynote speaker at Vitae Foundation’s Dallas Pro-Life Event on Friday, October 30. Dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas.

Registration is $100/person ($50 tax-deductible) and can be made by calling Christi Aborn at 573-634-4316. Online reservations will also be accepted at Registration fee is non-refundable. 

Anne Carmichael has been tapped to lead Vitae’s Dallas market. In this role Anne works with Vitae supporters and Pregnancy Help Centers in the Dallas area, leveraging media to bring hope to women facing an unplanned pregnancy and to build a culture of life. Her territory also includes Chicago and Kansas City, highly abortion-prone areas where Vitae’s media strategies are changing hearts and minds and saving lives.

Anne has been working to make abortion unthinkable for over 35 years. She has been with the Vitae Foundation for nearly a decade. Working alongside then President Carl Landwehr, she implemented one of Vitae’s largest ($2 million) “attitude changing” campaigns to date that had significant national impact.

In 2009, she spearheaded an aggressive ad campaign directing pregnant women in need to Greater Kansas City area Pregnancy Help Centers offering free support services. That life-saving campaign has just finished its 5th year and has saved close to 1,000 babies there. She led Vitae’s largest strategic planning effort and has personally raised over $3.5 million for its life-saving mission.

Anne’s a past lobbyist/community organizer for the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Missouri. While there, she played a lead role in the passage of the partial-birth abortion legislation including the successful override of the Governor’s veto-which was only the 7th in Missouri’s history. As the first Executive Director for Missouri Right to Life, she grew their chapters by 30 percent. Her efforts increased awareness of the issue and helped make Missouri a recognized leader among other states during that period.

Anne is a member of the advisory board for Aid for Women, Chicago’s largest network of pregnancy support and outreach centers. Anne also serves as the VP of Communications for the National LIFE Runners Team and is a LIFE Runners’ Devotions author. She has finished six half’s and one full marathon with them. Anne earned a B.S. in business management from William Woods University (summa cum laude) and is a life-long member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Jefferson City. She has been married to Jim for 30 years. She writes a blog, Running for Life, and manages social media for Vitae. She’s been honored by several organizations including Zonta International; International Biographical Centre; Marquis Who’s Who; and Outstanding Young Women of America. Anne can be reached at

The Next Phase of Life…Don’t Fear It.

So instead of me heading to the trail this morning with my bike by myself,

Jim actually went along as well.  While I rode for about 40 minutes he sat on a picnic table in the shade and read.  In the past Jim would have stayed at home.  Through most of our marriage, Jim was working .  So we both figured out ways to make that work.  Since Jim’s stroke, we spend much more time together.

I was so surprised that my knee didn’t hurt while I rode and I could’ve gone much farther.  my doctor recommended that I try migrating employees walking or running right now. I was cautious not to push it.  On the trail, how far you right out you have to ride back – there’s no shortcuts. 

We went to see the river access which is over by the trail.  Was it awesome!  The City has really beefed it up.  The last time we came over to see the landing it was a narrow gravel road leading up to it.  now it’s paved and much wider with a lot of other really nice features.

After we arrived home I started on the cooking for the week.  I came upon some great recipes for individual healthy lunch and dinners by  Very good stuff.  Will be trying more of their recipes in the future. 

So this is the awesome Grilled Chicken, Spicy Southwest Sweet Potato, Asparagus and Bell Pepper Stir Fry.

Then the Turkey and Zucchini Pasta Casserole (I substituted hamburger for the ground turkey).


Being organized is key to weight loss.

Then there are the salads… I love making these salad in a jar.  Instead of creating a big salad bowl for the week which did keep the salad fries if you use a salad spinner.  However it even seems to stay fresher in these jars and you can individualize each one adding different ingredients which also adds more variety for the week.  The key is adding all of the wet ingredients first.   So number one is the dressing. Then comes any tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and then up from that is the dryer ingredients until finally I add the lettuce (I prefer the delicate texture of Butter lettuce) and then any cheese (buy a block and shred yourself much better than the prepackaged shredded).


Still plan to grill some steaks and chicken for the weekend too.

Baking some bread for my sister and will be creating some scrumptious things for her to go along with that as well.

I thought I was going to be laid up this weekend with my knee but it did finaly start healing and I am so thankful after 2 weeks. I have a few weeks of therapy but still plan to run in Las Vegas.

It’s raining right now which

was not forecasted…

…But welcomed.  Happy Labor Day weekend!

Get ready for a great fall.

No Knee-d for Surgery

How good is that?  As runners get older one of the worries is – when are the joints going to wear out?  Thought this might be my warning sign, yet then – find out that this isn’t the case.  I get second chance. At 53 I probably look ridiculous trying to run half marathon.   May God give me strength and ability to run till I die.  Thanks to my family and fiends for awesome support.  It’s how I deal with stress and daily grind.  I didn’t run much this last year because of Jim’s stokes.  But I won’t give up.  That’s me at my best.    

  I run to live and for life.  Why do you run?  Tell me about it…in the mean time watch this cool video. How good is that?

Knee-d Attention 

As usual, as I got going with my running, I had some knee pain. what was different this time was even though I wasn’t running the knee pain continued to get worse.  So I went to the doctor yesterday  

 and I had an MRI today – get results tomorrow.   

 The doctor said his goal is to help me be able to run the  half marathon in November.  Takin’ it all in stride.

Running Recipes…tell Me Yours

I love to cook especially if the recipe is a healthy one.  I have a stand by recipe of stir fried vegetables – onions, red and green bell peppers cut up along with chopped chicken breast stirring in taco seasoning.  I discovered if you boil and then shred the chicken breast, then add it to that mixture it is absolutely wonderful.  Can’t get enough of it.  This can go on a warm tortilla or on top of a salad.  

I also have to say that I love all of the Sabra flavors of Hummus with tortilla chips.  Grilling anything coupled with blanched asparagus 

and salad in a jar is outstanding.

What are your facorite recipes?

sometimes don’t have the time.  I’m always looking for new recipes or how to improve on the old.

The Women of the Ukraine

11902251_10152892465711792_3133825135594372513_nTomorrow is a 3 mile run.  My right knee hurts still and have been hitting Naproxin to help with such.  Apparently knee pain is common when starting out again.  Will chalk it up to that.

Met with someone from the Ukraine today at Vitae.  Man it was hard hearing what he said life was like there…especially for women.  I am so thankful that those issues are not the same here.  Over there, life is so hard, the expectancy for women is age 58.  Also, to survive they must marry young – they also divorce very young too.   Because abortion is their form of contraception, most women have between 12 and 15 abortions in their lifetime.  The conditions according to Slavik are “barbaric.”   He said even though socialized medicine, doctors are paid through bribes.

Thankful for the U.S.A.  Pray for the women of the Ukraine they suffer a lot.  Maybe my knee pain isn’t a big deal after all.

Don’t Fear The Rain – Run Anyway

It’s 7 am and can’t go to the trail due to overnight storms and some yet to hit. If I wasn’t sure, the weather alert alarm going off in the car from phone app was evidence enough.   Very loud.  the trail is easier on joints but heading to the street instead.  
So I headed to Capital to run the 5 miles round trip to Memorial Park and back.

I did okay for 3 miles then knees really began hurting.  I ended up walking last 2 miles. It’s okay – this is me starting out.   I remembered lessons from past…

1.  Over-use pain comes when not used to mileage.

2.  Didn’t stretch after last two runs this week which could mean IT band issues.

3.  I looked back and realized I’m way over due for new tennis shoes.  I bought these in Aug of 2013 when started training for Crazy Horse Half Marathon.  Lots of miles since.  After 300 need to get new.  Will do!

I did lots of stretching after today’s run, took ibuprofen, applied ice off and on and then went to store and even canned my first few jars of salsa.  Jim’s testing it now.

 Today was my first long run and I now have first week behind me.  Feels good.


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