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“I’ve Been Doing This for 45 Years”

It fell out of my mouth before I could stop it. "Crap," I thought, embarrassed. "I sound like my father." The young woman grinned at me and I thanked her. Watched her walk away. She [...]

The Walking Wounded

  A few weeks ago on the Facebook page Outdoor Women's Alliance a woman was moaning openly about having trashed her ACL, and she needed help walking her dog. Two things happened: offers poured in, [...]

Winning (and Losing) Customers at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

The expansive booth was replete with samples of every kind of glove and mitt displayed on the wall. Neatly set up, the gloves looked almost like a museum display. I couldn’t wait to get a [...]

It’s January and Back to the Gym!

Nothing sends gym regulars scampering to find a new time to hit the iron than the annual influx of "This year I'm gonna..." newbies. Normally I love that late afternoon sweet spot of 3:30 to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]