3 Sure-fire signs that Autumn is almost here

When is this infernal Mississippi summer going to relent and give us a break!?  Usually we can look forward to a little bit of relief from the summer heat by around September and we can expect a first frost sometime around the end of October to mid-November. But […]


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 […]