Month: August 2017

Which one of these extreme, terrifying adventures is not like the others?

Here’s a post from a FOX affiliate on 5 quickie “extreme adventures” that you could fit in before the end of summer.  I started scanning through it and thought, “Nope!  No way I’d do that one!  Not that one either!  Negative!” Until I got to the fifth one… […]


100 calories per ounce

When you’re backpacking, every ounce counts because each tiny bit of weight is magnified by the thousands and thousands of steps you’ll be taking!  And if there is any elevation gain in the hike then every ounce is magnified doubly! You’ll be burning a lot of energy and […]

Evidence complacency is no joke!

There is an old joke about the difference between ignorance and apathy. Do YOU know the difference between ignorance and apathy?  I don’t know and I don’t care! The problem with this joke is it is too close to real life for comfort when it comes to environment […]

Defend yourself – but against what?

Historically, I haven’t had many students express interest in competing in judo or Tomiki aikido competitions.  I’ve tried to carefully remain neutral and offer students the opportunity to do the tournament thing, but most of them seemed more interested in self-defense or self-development – what my teacher called […]