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One Night in High School

Posted on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 2018 9:35 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Across the open field I ran … scared straight! Alone, running as fast as I could under a cloudless night sky, the farmhouse behind me engulfed in spotlight from the three or four cop cars that had just moments before descended on it. I was sure I could hear the barking of police dogs in […]



Protected: 2018 Buffalo Runner’s Half Marathon Training Guide

Posted on Saturday, Sep. 15th 2018 5:29 AM| by Tony Ludlow

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! — Sgt. Tony Ludlow’s blog post for 9/6/2018

Posted on Thursday, Sep. 6th 2018 10:02 AM| by Tony Ludlow

Many, if not most, of you have heard about the rebranding of USMC Fitness Boot Camp. If you missed this from the other day, here’s what happened. Last week, an attorney for the Department of Defense, Department of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. contacted me regarding our use of trademarked Marine Corps images and […]



Tangled Up in Blue — Sgt. Tony Ludlow blog post for June 6, 2018

Posted on Wednesday, Jun. 6th 2018 8:06 PM| by Tony Ludlow

He sat alone on the back row of the large crowded church where he was not welcome, attending a wedding he was not invited to but had paid for, watching another man walk his daughter down the aisle. Standing at the checkout, she looked much older than her age, tired, worn out, and rough, with […]



Death By Small Group — Tony Ludlow, May 17, 2018

Posted on Thursday, May. 17th 2018 1:33 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Do you remember your best day at school? I do. It didn’t have anything to do with exams or social intrigue. No extra-curricular activities or special events. In fact, though I loved school, or rather, I loved being at school, but not always loving the subjects, it wasn’t until my junior year in college that […]



‘Tis But a Scratch — Sgt. Tony Ludlow, blog post for 5/10/2018

Posted on Thursday, May. 10th 2018 9:26 PM| by Tony Ludlow

Two of my favorite movie swordsmen are complete opposites. The Black Knight is an unyielding buffoon from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and Ujio is a dedicated warrior from “The Last Samurai.” The Black Knight is totally comedic. Ujio (eew-gee-oh) a samurai, is quite the opposite. Two opposites. Two awesome guys! If you’re not […]



Taylor Swift is Right! — Tony Ludlow, blog post for 4/27/2018

Posted on Friday, Apr. 27th 2018 11:55 AM| by Tony Ludlow

A couple of years ago I was the guest speaker at Memphis University School’s weekly assembly. I had no formal connection to the school. I was never a student there, nor faculty member. But I knew the Head Master and the Academic Dean and both saw fit to invite me to ramble and babble before […]



Cosmic Tumblers — Tony Ludlow, 4/18/2018

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 18th 2018 7:34 PM| by Tony Ludlow

The first book that I ever read was a book about running. Well, maybe not technically. But the very first sentence I ever read was about running. “See Tom run.” That was the first sentence I ever read in my life. Running — pure running that wasn’t associated with some sport I was playing — […]



A Perfect 10 — Tony Ludlow, blog post for 4/11/2018

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 11th 2018 3:10 PM| by Tony Ludlow

After reading a recent essay I wrote, a friend of many years said, “Tony, I think I’ve heard most of your stories, (he hasn’t … I haven’t even told half my stories!) but I don’t think I’d ever heard that one.” By most accounts, some of you have heard this particular story. In fact, several […]



But I just looked around … and he’s gone.

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 4th 2018 3:19 PM| by Tony Ludlow

My grandfather—my “Big Dad”—taught me things that would have equipped me for his world, his generation. But didn’t really help me much for the one I would be in. Much of what he taught me disappeared in polite society along him: • Hats worn with suits, • Walking on the outside, closest to the street, […]



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