Vision and strength: Choosing what to focus on
February 23, 2016

I hold a vision of cosy interactions with my son when I feel like I have just shaped the future. It is my favorite part of parenting. We had one of those moments while driving into school recently. Cai had been to the climbing wall the previous night and was telling me about a problem […]

Self-Reliance: MacGyver Moments and Tenacity
February 19, 2016

Yesterday, I was reminded of a reason that outdoor activities are so good for children; they teach self-reliance. Cai & a friend were going skiing, so I asked to be dropped off with the dog 6 miles away along a trail. The day was beautiful, there was a lot of fresh snow and someone had […]

Self-Denial, Risk and Parenting: 
February 12, 2016

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.” Kurt Hahn When you shouldn’t do something is it sensible self-denial?  All I know is not doing something I love is hard. […]

Equanimity: can long words be cool?
February 10, 2016

“If you can keep your head when all about you are loosing theirs…” Rudyard Kipling Facetious. Did you know it uses each vowel once and they are all in order? For that alone it has to be one of my favorite words. Equanimity, is right up there, it is a word to aspire to. One […]

Simple is where it is at
January 11, 2016

As an adolescent one of the things I loved about rock climbing is that life is simple. You are either strong or you are weak. The weather is either kind or cruel. The rock is either solid or chossy. These are  all continuums and the likelihood is that life lies somewhere in between. The thing […]

Reading, Meditation & Gratitude
December 22, 2015

Cai is now eleven and so far it has been a great journey. Before he was born I always new I would love my child but as a teacher I was never sure if I would like him. Well I am happy to report I enjoy hanging out with the guy, so it seems quite […]

First Published in Dirtbag Dreams. I love early season skiing in the backcountry, there is a stoke and uncertainty that accompanies it, and as always, a single moment can change everything. One minute I am flying through waist deep Berthoud Pass powder, the next I am staring uphill at my ski-less leg and I know it is […]