Crushing the Bachelor (kind of) Life

The rain pours off the top of the sandstone cliffs creating a waterfall which nearly blocks our view of the cove.  Thunder rumbles.  He looks around and back up at me and says with a slight accent, “I’m sure it is going to pass.”  I know that it is going to take at least another hour so I mention that we should hike a little … Continue reading Crushing the Bachelor (kind of) Life

Round 2: Training for Rock Climbing

I struggled with the clip of the auto belay for ten minutes.  This was after I had to take my harness off twice because I had managed to a) put it on upside down and b) twisted the leg loops so they were not only upside down but also backwards. My harness, the one I had gotten for Christmas in 2006, was on the list … Continue reading Round 2: Training for Rock Climbing

Running to Improve Climbing Performance

The only thing more splendid than climbing is knowing climbing made you better at more than just climbing. – Free Range Danger Using some Sense There is a debate among top trainers and coaches in the climbing industry whether running is a necessary aspect of climbing training.  Some argue that running depletes an athlete thus diminishing their climbing performance.  Others claim that running fitness harms your body’s … Continue reading Running to Improve Climbing Performance

The Art of Alone

Suddenly, Sethi writes, dining out alone felt like a courageous act… – Simran Seith, from Why Eating Out Alone Doesn’t Have to be so Lonely Being alone is a gift.  It is a privilege.  It is… hard.  But rather than shy away from this challenge, embrace its inevitability.  We will be alone at some point in our lives if we are not already.  There is … Continue reading The Art of Alone

A Comestible Life

We eat. Every single human on the planet eats, or wants to eat.  With that, eating is often one of the few forms of true cultural exchange many of us will ever experience.  It is far easier (and cheaper) to pick up an order of Thai food than it is to move to Thailand.  Granted, many foods that have been successfully appropriated to the American palate … Continue reading A Comestible Life

The Most Thought Provoking Time of the Year

It is time!  For the yarn, for the tinsel, for the wrappers, and…? In more recent history, Christmas was not an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870. It is here! And it is the most disturbing time of the year – The Holiday. The origins of The Holiday, Christmas, are muddied by conspiracy and perhaps, some blood letting. In more recent … Continue reading The Most Thought Provoking Time of the Year

E=mc Where?

I find myself craving the guidance that was so easily garnered from the invisible hand of karma.  I continually ask myself the question, “How do I navigate in a world without karma?”  Well, much the same way as I always have…except a little bit less forgiving.  I suppose what most people fear is – a general lack of guidance.  The idea that a person or a situation … Continue reading E=mc Where?