Yearly Archives: 2017


Your Best You in 2018: What it Takes

This weekend marks a moment of both excess and reflection. The celebration of a year's end, and the beginning of something new. It's our human habit to hope for better. What makes each of us different is our willingness to put in the work to make wishes come about. Prayer, for some, is enough. However, [...]

By | December 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Why We Really Fail at Fitness Resolutions

  Let's face it. Most of us are genuinely sincere about our New Year's commitments. We truly do want to lose weight or get more fit or eat better. Really. We do. Our heartfelt wish to be in better condition has built a $26 billion health club business. Sixty billion on weight loss supplements, products [...]

By | December 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

I Just Don’t Feel Like It

  Sometimes it doesn't matter at all what you explain. The facts may add up, but they aren't compelling. Sometimes folks just don't want to do the work. Boy can I relate. In my late twenties, I became obese. I happily piled on pounds during my travels in New Zealand and Australia in the early [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Life Finds a Way

Bill stood next to me at the snack table, which was laden with Christmas goodies that would stop a heart at a hundred feet. Someone had kindly provided hummus with crudites, which was what I was eating to avoid the chocolate cheesecake. It's not easy to behave well at Christmas parties. At 6'1 and around [...]

By | December 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What Do You Have in the Bank?

As a rule Americans don't save. We spend. More than half of us (56% according to Forbes magazine) have less than $1000 between their checking and savings accounts, and would be hard-pressed to cover a significant expense. This of course means that we as a nation are forever teetering on the edge of disaster. The [...]

By | December 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Don’t Like It? Lump It

That's effectively what the editors of Outside Magazine said to disgruntled readers who responded negatively and rudely to a recent survey questioning its readers about sexual harassment in the outdoors. It's real. And as a subscriber to Outdoors for years, it's happened to me. It affects my ability to camp, hike, adventure safely. Many of [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Merry Christmas! Got Cremation?

The letter arrived in a cream-colored envelope on Black Friday. Just as we were slipping into the insanity of Silly Season. I ripped it open. The Neptune Society was reminding me, kindly but firmly, that I am going to die. But oh, by the way, ACT NOW for cheaper pricing, for better deals, just in [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Epic Women

On Facebook just after Thanksgiving I watched a video that Oregon Research sponsored called "Where the Wild Things Are." The film features a few young guys hanging in a bar, complaining about the weather. "Where are all the ladies?" One of the guys asks. For the rest of the video, we find out. They are [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Pill Pushers vs Prevention

This morning as I headed out the door on my daily trek around the neighborhood, I broke into a gentle jog. With a few quick stops to greet some dog walkers early on this Sunday morning, I finished two and a half miles not long afterwards. We are enjoying an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving weekend, and [...]

By | November 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Feet on Fire

Every so often there's reason to get excited about something new, especially if it promises to fix a frustrating problem. A few days ago on the Facebook site Outdoor Women's Alliance, a good many of us were engaged in a lively debate about the condition known as Reynaud's Syndrome or Reynaud's Disease. For those not [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments