Sharpening the sword – for what?

Sharpening the sword – for what?

Some of you may know that the Roaming Parkers are martial artists.  I (Pat) have been learning since about 1986, teaching since about 1996, and teaching OUR kids since about 2006.  We practice and teach primarily aikido but with a healthy sprinkling of judo and jodo and perhaps even the occasional dash of karate.

Some of you may also know that for several years I have had one of the most popular martial arts blogs on the planet – Mokuren Dojo.   For some time now I’ve felt that Mokuren Dojo’s niche was too limited.  Not enough people are all that interested in aikido or even martial arts in general.  I’ve been wanting to write to a wider audience about a wider set of topics.

So that’s one of the reasons we started Roaming Parkers – so that we could make even more new friends and talk about hiking and conservation and travel and ecology and camping and sustainability and adventure – as well as martial arts! Continue reading “Sharpening the sword – for what?”

What can I do about plastic trash?

What can I do about plastic trash?

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Yesterday I copied this striking video about plastic trash from the Nalgene website.  2.5 million plastic bottles per hour – that’s 60 million per day just from the United States.  If you check out the rest of the story at Nalgene, they say that of about 35 million tons of plastic bottles (I suppose that must be yearly) only about 5 million tons are incinerated or recycled.

Continue reading “What can I do about plastic trash?”