I'll let you in on a little secret. I care. Despite the determined, hard outward exterior I sometimes put on, words get to me. When someone directs hatefulness toward me or a loved one, I take it to heart. I will brood on it, spending way too much time trying to think if I did... Continue Reading →
Ain’t it Good to Know?
I've been looking forward to this week for some time. One of my besties and I had tickets to see Carole King in concert. As with all planned gatherings of more than 10 people, our concert fell victim to COVID-19 and has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date. I'm disappointed, of course, but given how... Continue Reading →
Things to Do Besides Worry
I confess. I let the beginning of Lent slip right past me. I let all of the busyness of life take priority. I didn't commit to giving anything up or to taking on any positive habits. I didn't even recognize Ash Wednesday. Then came coronavirus. All around us, life as we know it is coming... Continue Reading →
Screaming Monkey 100 – Rescheduled
Rescheduled! November 7-8, 2020 Don't miss this awesome trail festival!
Great ideas or "aha moments" can strike at any time. I have friends who swear their best thoughts come to them in the shower. Others keep a notepad on the nightstand for late-night brainstorms. For me, it's usually on the trails. I've taken to using Siri to dictate random thoughts that occur to me as... Continue Reading →
3 Feet Over or 6 Feet Under? Cyclists are Dying to be Seen.
I have lost count of the many close calls I've had with vehicles while riding my road bike. On a 30+ mile excursion just this morning, my fellow riders and I were subjected to shouted curses, near-misses as cars passed illegally, and aggressive tailgating. Some would say that's reason enough to stop riding, but the... Continue Reading →
Through the Mud
Writer Marc Peruzzi caused quite a stir mid-2019 with his article in Outdoor Magazine, "Trail Runners are Lazy Parasites." The premise of the inflammatory article was that the number of trail runners is growing exponentially, but not the number of folks who actually care about the trails and want to take care of them. Peruzzi's... Continue Reading →
Bikes & Trails – Rolling Two Loves Into One
There's nothing quite like winning a free piece of equipment to motivate me to try something new. In this case, it was a Scott Aspect 930 mountain bike - the grand prize at the end of a long night of Santacon pub crawling (don't ask). It also happened to be my birthday. My ticket was... Continue Reading →
Healthy Investment: Recreation & Wellness Trends in the South
Searching online for information on trail running, outdoor adventure or plant-based foods, one might be led to believe that the Colorado Rockies or Pacific Northwest have cornered the market on outdoor recreation and healthy eating. But, not including the South in your brand’s growth strategy might mean you’re literally missing the forest for the trees.... Continue Reading →
When Good Enough is Good Enough
Sixteen years ago this month, my husband and I were married. We were barely able to shake the rice out of our hair and clothes before we were asked about children. Fourteen years ago, I gave birth to my incredibly handsome and wonderfully original son. Before I'd even mastered the art of the diaper change,... Continue Reading →