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Skating champion Bowman, 40, found dead

A sad day for the figure skating world. Skating champion Bowman, 40, found dead – Los Angeles Times Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Christopher Bowman, known as “Bowman the Showman” for his crowd-pleasing skills and as “Hans Brinker From Hell” for his unruly lifestyle, was found dead at a North Hills motel Thursday afternoon. [from […]

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My Favorite Skating Partner

I’m happy with Mark’s progress on the ice. We’ll have him jumping in no time! Mark Skating from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo. I like holding his hand as we glide around the rink. I also like having him by the railing when I try to jump. His faith and love helped me get over some […]

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another skating dream…

we visited Kane and his family in Western PA – for President’s Day Weekend….it snowed a bit, but it was a relaxing trip. We got caught up on our Battlestar Galactica episodes…we missed last Friday because of a party through one of Steph’s artistic friends. So we played with the kids – I visited my […]

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from my skating days…

i had a dream that I was at a another skating competition…. it must have been one of the qualifying rounds, like Southwest, or something……I think my actual memories of Southwest, from Fall 1994 – were cut into this dream. I kept hearing my old Carmen music mixing in with the new, edgy sound, my […]

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Home Sweet Hicksville

Home Sweet Hicksville. My skating friend introduced me to the camping trailer lifestyle on our Las Vegas trip. Her family packed 9 people into their trailer. They parked it at Circus Circus. I shared the top bunk with her. We stayed up all night, playing carnival games and eating junk food in the Midway. I […]

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Quickie

I know. Long time. My life at work – all Olympics, all the time. I’m producing the Olympic Zone show. It airs before NBC’s primetime coverage of the Winter Games in Sochi. I’ve always wanted to work on a show like this. Also – I’m always tickled to see my former coaches by the railing, […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

Another year. Another promise to run more. These are my shoe prints from yesterday’s 2.5 mile run along the beach near Fort Funston. Funston is paradise for dogs. Tails wagging, balls flying and leashes wrapped around their humans. Clearly, my Daisy would be outraged by her 4-legged colleagues who have embraced the leash-less lifestyle. So, […]

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Dancer poses by the pier

Today’s view from my yoga studio. I rolled out my mat on our patio at our bed and breakfast, the Inn at Mavericks. I worked on sun salutations. I closed my eyes and allowed the lighthouse gongs to center my breathing. When I bent my leg into tree pose, I stared at a billowing American […]

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In My Belly: Exploring St. Petersburg flavors

ST. PETERSBURG – I need coffee in the morning. This has been true since my figure skating days and now on my early morning shifts in the newsroom. The kitchenette and hot water pot in my hotel room have been a blessing on my two-week stay. I can start off my morning with a hot […]

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Game Night

One of my favorite memories from my skating days: listening to the Zamboni crunch ice and rolling the ball over my initials on Centipede. I felt like kicking some butt on the ice after I see “KIS” next to the highest score on the screen. Guarding my blocky shooter and firing at the slithering centipede […]

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