Trying to Tackle “New” Sport Snowshoeing

If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Sure! Snowshoeing in the Swiss Mountains makes me feel like Donald Duck waddling on the side of an iceberg in webbed feet. Forget CrossFit, yoga, and aerobics. The ultimate work out is snowshoeing. Each step forward feels like lifting a ton. Though snowshoeing was invented in 6000BC, it […]

Old Friends Forever Family

Girlfriends get us through tough times, celebrate our victories and always got our back. In our senior year at Illinois State University, I shared a townhouse off campus with five friends. We called ourselves family. Ever loyal fans, they supported me my final season of college basketball that began badly with a back injury. Frustrated […]

My Bucket List for Midwest

I left the Midwest 43 yrs ago, but I didn’t move to the glamorous coasts – Boston, NYC, LA – nooo I flew across the Big Pond, landed in Paris and picked up a Frenchman. Reading The Midwest Survival Guide: How We Talk, Love, Work, Drink and Eat…Everything With Ranch by Charlie Berens, a comedian […]

Having Fun Hanging Out with Swiss cows

  How do I survive autumn stuck in an unheated, mountain chalet the size of a doll house? I scoot out the door and head for the meadows to hang with the cows. Cows are sacred in Switzerland. They are so revered that every year they get invited to summer camp in the Swiss Jura […]

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