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The Future of Jobs, Work, Contribution...

Thinking of jobs... Michigan is a rust-belt state. People have been moving out ever since the factories closed. But people also move in because opportunities have changed. And work has globalized, anyway.

Population is relative. it's not necessarily bad when ppl move away from an area. Life adapts…

Latest Articles

It's Not About the Bike/Boat/Ski -- Then Again, It is

This is a tale of two worlds. Racing and partying. In both the tools used both matter and they don't matter. Let's compare and contrast how... In racing it's not about the tool you're using, it's about your preparation and attitude…

Earning Your Turns: BC in the Midwest

(WOW, I just realized that I'd never posted this story to my website!) Like many Midwesterners, I enjoy downhill skiing. Like most "Silent Sports" readers I really enjoy Nordic skiing…

Let's Say YES to Winter!

(I read this little essay on the NPR Radio station for the Cynthia Canty Stateside Show a couple years ago and forgot to post it on my site until now.) "Water Winter Wonderland" was proudly printed on Michigan license plates in the boom-time Sixties…

Key to a Boom in XC Skiing? ...Marketing!

"Adapt or die." ...XC skiing is fading most everywhere, and this is a disaster in its own right. But it's especially hurting in areas where snowfall is becoming sketchy…

Latest Products (under construction)

Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Big sale! $4.95. Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master...

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek ...

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD...

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker ...