Author Archives: Jay McLaughlin

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.

Friday on my mind

12 May, 2019           Friday on my mind Alternate title: “For lack of a better title.” It’s been a fun week though – lots of reptiles and a stray amphibian here or there. I did photograph one … Continue reading

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Race day

5 May, 2019           Race day Today I celebrated my thirty-second year (!) of being a triathlete! This was my bike at Lake Anna this morning just before noon, maybe forty-five minutes after I’d finished the race: … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping and “money problems” – a true story

28 April, 2019           Eavesdropping and “money problems” – a true story I woke up for work before dawn Wednesday, thinking I had “money problems.” I fixed my oatmeal and read an article in the New York … Continue reading

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The second most memorable thing

21 April, 2019           The second most memorable thing The 15 year old girl in the ICU had the largest pores I’d ever seen. They were the second most memorable thing about her. I saw her … Continue reading

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Birds, flowers – Spring images

14 April, 2019            Birds, flowers – Spring images This is my 388th (!) blog post since I began blogging on March 2, 2011 (!). I apologize, I’m bringing less energy than normal. Fortunately the sun … Continue reading

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The opposite of Attention Deficit Disorder

7 April, 2019           The opposite of Attention Deficit Disorder You could have knocked Turner over with a feather when a deer had the audacity to walk across the path in plain view Thursday morning at … Continue reading

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“That’s what’s up”

31 March, 2019            “That’s what’s up” I know a barista at Starbucks; she’s been a steady employee for years. She’s calm and efficient and reliable; I know Starbucks is happy to have her. The location … Continue reading

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