Even When I Feel Like a Loser, It Turns Out I’m A Winner

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On October 10th, I was feeling sorry for myself. It was raining —again – a not uncommon experience in Colorado during the fall of 2013. My husband was in Aspen partying with friends from college, many of them my friends too, but since it was a “guy thing,” I was at home. My kids were […]

Turning Kids Loose: When, Where and How?

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When our oldest son was six, I lost him. He ducked into the trees while we were skiing and he didn’t come out. When he didn’t come out, I was torn. Should I leave his three year-old brother on the groomed slope and go into the trees to search for him? Should I stay with […]

Women’s Ski Jumping: A New Film Shares a Dream Worth Fighting For

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In 2010, many of the world’s best athletes gathered in British Columbia to compete in the Winter Olympics. The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for competition free of politics and prejudice. But at those games, and all previous winter games, one group of athletes was excluded because of nothing more than their […]

Here’s to Marge: Seventy-One Miles and Seventy-One Years Strong

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How will you celebrate your 71st birthday? Last week, my friend Marge Gunderson celebrated in style. She invited her friends to join her on a 71 mile road bike ride: Seventy-one years. Seventy-one miles. Last year, her birthday ride was 70 miles. Next year, it will be 72 miles and so on until she can’t […]