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RIP Uncle Kent -- my gateway to civilization

I’ve been outdoorsy all my life. But I’ve also had the good fortune to be exposed to civilization. Among my biggest influences in that regard was my Uncle Kent.

My immediate family was quite suburban, being happy to get that far from lower places. So I had little push toward experiencing life more broadly…

Latest Articles

A Roadie Primer: How to Ride a Road Bike

There is a lot of info out there on road riding. It's kind of a technical side of biking. It relates to being a "roadie." Lately, however, I have to say that this has been a somewhat unappealing aspect of biking for me…

"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)

Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol…

Bike Canoe Trailer: It's a Cinch!

(BUMP FROM May, 31, 2009.) I've long wanted to create a simple trailer for towing a canoe behind a bike. A lot of times when I'm biking and I come across some tasty water I suddenly want to get paddling---especially when the waterway is going my way or when it's a shorter way to go my way…

Politics Ain't Bad -- It's the Art of Goodwill!

Some like to say that politics are too painful to get involved with. And that may be true as regards those who aren't actually working in it. So we don't discuss it around friends and family…

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Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach 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 Skier magazine. ...

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett

Pot Shots from a Grosse Ile Kitchen by Lucy & Sidney Corbett ...

POTLUCK, a Florida smuggling thriller, Jack Rudloe, new

A modern-day small-town smuggling thriller written by an inside expert in the region, and published by OutYourBackdoor, here's a candid and realistic thriller about the interactions of small-town coastal fishermen, the special interests who ruined th...

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott

Primitive Technology: Ancestral Skills, V.2, ed. by D. Wescott ...