Professional Skier Zack Giffin Skis Large, Lives Tiny

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When Zack Giffin was growing up in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, he had a lot of important men in his life. First, there was his grandfather, a man who loved to drive, especially in the mountains. “We lived about 40 minutes from Eldora,” explains Zack. “And my grandfather would take me skiing because he […]

Get a Grip on Driving at Bridgestone Winter Driving School

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When it comes to winter driving, you gotta get a grip. Not necessarily a “grip,” as in getting your act together, although that helps too. But truly, a grip on the road, a grip on the wheel and a grip on how your vehicle works. For years, my winter driving strategy has been: stay home, […]

Refreshed, Recharged and Revamped: Hello to the NEW BSM!

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Four years ago this week, my oldest son, then 14, was being snarky. “Remember that blog you always said you’d start?” he asked. “Well, I knew you’d never do it.” Here’s how I reacted. Did I stand up for myself? No. Did I get angry? No. Was I hurt by his words? A little. But […]

On Wisdom, Age and Family

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While I certainly don’t consider myself stupid or naïve, I would never say that I’m wise. Wisdom is something I associate with ancient Greek philosophers and cartoon owls. It’s such a high and unattainable attribute that I never really even think about it. That changed in mid-April, when I met a friend of a friend […]

Biathlon: The Yin and Yang of Winter Sports

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At first, I thought I might shoot my foot off. Three friends and I had signed up for a short biathlon clinic at Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth, California. Each March, Mammoth is the site of the largest biathlon competition in the United States. It’s a race where novices and Olympians rub shoulders, before they are […]