Getting Skunked

Getting Skunked

  I tried to go backcountry skiing yesterday. In North Carolina. It had snowed 3 days earlier with a savage (for the South) cold snap on the tail end of the snow dump. Between scheduling shenanigans and life, a few days went by before Steve and I were able to get...
“Do Not Fear Mistakes”

“Do Not Fear Mistakes”

Mistakes are a key piece for learning. We’ve been trained to avoid making mistakes, but mistakes are a crucial piece of the learning experience. Miles Davis famously told players in his band there are no wrong notes. ‘Wrong notes’ are simply notes we haven’t...
Perfection, What’s Good, and Being Enough

Perfection, What’s Good, and Being Enough

Aiming for perfection looks good on paper, but in practice, it can stand in the way of doing good work and the feeling that we’re enough. I have a touch of a perfection streak. Not always, but often enough to get in the way some times. When I was a carpenter, I...
Getting What I Came For

Getting What I Came For

Amidst the go-go-go and the self-assumed pressure of perceived expectations and obligations, it is easy to forget the core questions of Who and Why. In the pursuit of “progress,” I’ve spent much of the past year inside, checking the boxes for...
Learning

Learning

Finishing up an intense weeklong Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Training with Jim Coffey, an amazing multi-ninja of whitewater, rescue, instruction, with the rare, wonderful sort of hospitality that makes you feel more welcome even in your own backyard. I feel beyond...