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 […]

When the Time is Right
December 30, 2015

Quite frankly I still cannot believe it. For Christmas we gave Cai something that has not lived in our house for over a decade. A TV. I am still reeling over the honking, great big screen, attached to a Wii, Apple TV, and soon a few local channels. Not only that, we tidied up a basement […]

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 […]

What Revolution Will You Lead?
December 12, 2015

Inspired by Live Your Legend Blogging Challenge Revolution is a strong word that implies a turn around of power or organizational structure. I like the fact that it also means to go full circle because the revolution I want to see does exactly that. I want to see families slow down, I want them to […]

What Difference Do You Want To Make?
December 11, 2015

Inspired by the Live Your Legend Blogging Challenge Questions like this intimidate me. When I keep the answer inside then I am safe, I do not have to act. If I put it out into the world I am compelled to live it. I used this strategy when I decided to move to the States. It […]

What’s Your Elevator Pitch?
December 10, 2015

Inspired by the Live Your Legend Blogging Challenge. What do you do? It’s that question you inevitably are asked early in a first time conversation. I most enjoyed it when I was travelling or had moved somewhere new where I was not going to stay. Suddenly my life could be magnified to epic proportions. The […]

What do People Thank You For:
December 8, 2015

Inspired by the Live your Legend Blogging Challenge OK so I am British, self depracation is our modus operandi. If I am honest with myself, my ego loves to hear compliments but I do not always own them or thank people for them and I am really uncomfortable talking myself up or even saying out […]

What Is One Thing You Are Proud Of?
December 7, 2015

Inspired by  The Live Your Legend Blog Challenge I am proud of my family. I am married to an inspiring lady who has chosen to put her head above the parapet and deal with the issues that cause her pain. I am proud that we have weathered the storms of the last 15 years to […]

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 […]