Beautiful whitewater kayaking

Beautiful whitewater kayaking

In twenty-five years of whitewater kayaking, I’ve seen and paddled many rivers, and enjoyed many films of whitewater kayaking. But this series takes my breath away. It’s what I can only call “beautiful...
First snow

First snow

The only thing more fun than the season’s first snow, is having a kitten who has never seen it before. First she ventured out and stopped dead in her tracks. Then she gingerly ventured onward to stick her face in a plant pot that normally has water. She emerged with a...
Wake’s Edge: The Story Behind It

Wake’s Edge: The Story Behind It

[The eighth in my stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog.] Since the Take It to the Xtreme series got launched, 15-year-old best friends Jake and Peter have survived whitewater rapids, an avalanche, a forest fire, movie...
In praise of Boy Scouts

In praise of Boy Scouts

Guys who excel academically read copiously as boys, true or false? Patently false, and it’s always about WHAT particular book turned them on, if they eventually transformed from non-readers to eager readers. Edward Osborne “E. O.” Wilsonis an American biologist and...
Audience switcheroo

Audience switcheroo

Ever prepared a presentation for an audience of adults, and found yourself facing rows of resentful-looking pre-teens clicking at high-speed on their electronic devices like they really don’t want to be there? The irony is, I do presentations for kids a lot, but this...