Canyonlands

PREAMBLE:  I have been doing and co-leading Executive and All American Leadership expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership (NOLS) for a decade.  This year, several alums from these expeditions over the years decided to do a reunion expedition, and though many had been on different expeditions in different years, we loved the idea of connecting…

TOTAL Immersion Wellness

I recently learned about a comprehensive total immersion health/wellness/fitness program, made available by the Navy SEAL Foundation to active duty and retired Navy SEALS and Special Boat operators.  Their assumption is that many Navy SEALs and Special Boat operators are frequently suffering the residual effects of years of physical and mental stress, of having been…

Custer & The Little Big Horn

My wife Mary Anne and I recently visited the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Montana, about 60 miles SE of Billings. In preparation, we both had read Custer’s Fall – the Native American Side of the Story, and I read most of the two other books below.  It was a powerful and moving experience for…

My Five Favorite Novels

Some of my friends believe that I read a lot.  I don’t really – I just read more than they do, or perhaps more than most people do.  I’m a slow reader and read maybe 15-20 minutes most evenings before I turn out the light.  On weekends I will often get in a couple of…

Mental Performance ?

I’ve  always been fascinated by the mental part of “the game.”   Wrestling in High School,  there was one guy I just couldn’t beat, because he knew he could beat me, and I wasn’t sure I could beat him.  I know now, and my coach knew then, that  I could’ve beaten him. But I didn’t.…

New Zealand – my recent adventure

I had been hearing about New Zealand as a unique and special place for years, and without much expectation, hoped one day to visit.  When I saw that the National Outdoor Leadership School, who I have been working with and for for 15 years had an alumni course hike in New Zealand, I said, “Here’s…

D-Day: My visit to Normandy

Background. About 2 years ago, my wife Mary Anne got a catalogue in the mail announcing a cruise sponsored by the WWII museum in New Orleans and the Navy SEAL Museum in Ft Pierce, Fla. The cruise started in Amsterdam, and proceeded down the northwest coast of Europe to conclude with several days visiting the…