Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. – close
$55 includes lift ticket , snowboard, boot and helmet rental and a free group lesson. We will meet at church and carpool to Trollhaugen Ski and Snowboard area and we will snowboard: just try it! If you are an experienced snowboarder, you are welcome to join us and get the group rate and encourage the rest of us beginners! Michelle Houle will inspire us to shred!
Sign up by Sunday! ok??!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Join this "Couch to 5K" program, we will walk, jog, trot, run and gradually transform ourselves from couch potatoes to runners. Our goal is to run a 5K race at the end of just two months. We'll start the program together February 13th and end with the "Cemstone Run for Others" 5K on April 16, 2011. Contact Michelle Houle for encouragement at email@example.com
Click here to register for the trainng and/or the 5K
Saturday, December 25, 2010
When we spend time in the wilderness, it can be tempting to focus our awareness on "doing" something: taking pictures; getting a certain amount of physical exercise; traveling from point A to point B; naming all the species of birds we encounter. While nature photography is a lovely craft, and we need to exercise for good health, and understanding what lives in our environment is a valid part of deepening our relationship with the land, these activities can separate us from a more intimate experience of the natural world. It is all too easy to forget to actually experience with all our senses that which we are busily capturing and identifying.
The natural world invites us out of our world of fixed concepts and into a closer proximity with reality—what Buddhist teachings call "nonconceptual awareness." Experiencing the natural world with nonconceptual awareness means that, rather than seeing a small black bird and thinking, "That's a starling, a nonnative bird introduced from England several centuries ago," we stop and see each particular bird's incandescent blue-black velvet feathers, piercing amber eyes, and delicate, wiry feet. Instead of encountering the world through a filter of ideas, memories, and labels, we connect deeply with the unfiltered and vital pulse of life in that moment.
If we're not mindful, intellectual knowledge can easily cloud our direct experience. When we're guided through life solely by our intellect, by our ideas of what we know, we're robbed of a sense of discovery. A nonconceptual awareness allows us to approach each moment as fresh and new. A depth of wisdom can arise from such immediacy, and lead to greater wonder about the mysteriousness of life; we may realize just how little we can ever know
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We feel so good when we make plans and put our lives in order – it may even look as though we’re actually going to get everything done on time! But often life has other plans for us. For example, as many of you know, I had every intention of being in shape to participate in a triathlon in "August 2011". I was well into a good workout routine when I took a fall and dislocated my hip. After a month, I’ve just barely begun to be able to work out for a couple of minutes at a time, and now, with all the snow and ice, I feel a bit uneasy even going outside my front door.
The church I attend presented their children's Christmas program on Sunday; they’ve been practicing for weeks, and though I’d been really looking forward to it, I ended up in the ranks of those who couldn’t get there due to the blizzard - the snow plows hadn’t made it to our neck of the woods because the main roads needed so much attention.
Instead of getting upset, I decided I could take advantage of the situation by staying at home and making progress on a complicated computer class I’m taking – then the power went out at least ten times. Each time, the modem and router had to reset themselves and I had to figure out how to get back into the program. I had once told our minister that anyone who thinks that working on a computer isn’t a spiritual practice hasn’t had to do it very much! Part way through the day, however, I decided that I wouldn’t let myself get terribly frustrated or angry, but would enjoy the many breaks as an opportunity to cook, check on the weather, or read. I refused to give up my joy, and specifically chose to practice patience.
Our lives seldom follow the schedule we lay out, and this gives us the chance to understand ourselves better and to see exactly how our spiritual practices are carrying over into life’s unscheduled, and sometimes unwanted, events. Here’s a great suggestion from the book Impermanence: Embracing Change (Snow Lion Publications, 2008): “No matter what you are doing. . . the most important thing is what your attitude is towards what you are doing. So whatever you do, offer that to the universe so that becomes the universe.”
The lights just went off again! It’s nighttime and totally dark…but we’ve got flashlights! What an adventure! Whatever your weather, whatever your situation, whatever unscheduled events take place today that stretch your spiritual muscles, have some fun watching your reactions and adjustments!
I send you blessings.
Rev. Linda L Wilson, BS, MA, D.Div, is an ordained minister and holistic health practitioner. She is an inspirational speaker, seminar and workshop leader, and writer who enjoys performing weddings and ceremonies of union.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Pearls Lend Panache to Powder Days and Training Trips | The Vertical Woman: The Magazine for the Woman Alpinist
From Vertical Woman Magazine
Lately, in the backcountry, I’ve been wearing pearls. Every day.
They’re a slender string of freshwater, cultured pearls given out as part of a goodie bag at the Salt Lake City Lupus Walk. You heard that right: the Lupus Walk gave out free pearl necklaces. Real pearls.
Confused? I, too, thought it was a little ridiculous, and in equal jest began to wear them constantly. This was in May, right before the start of my 2009 Outward Bound season.
I forgot to take them off before a training trip, and found myself trudging through snow, ice axe in hand… and pearls swinging from my neck. That evening I sat in my snow shelter cooking curried quinoa over a whisperlite, pearls peeking out of my down jacket. The juxtaposition was remarkable.
I felt that I had finally found my particular place as a woman in this world. It was reconciliation between my sparkly dresses and my Gore-Tex, my time spent in dance clubs and in crampons.
This first trip in those pearls was so entertaining to me that I had to make it into a consistent statement. I have since spent over 150 days in the field wearing my pearls. I wear them when I instruct as well as on my personal climbing and skiing trips.
I call them my “send hard” pearls, and treat them with as much care as I treat my skis (That is to say, I use them hard). One night this summer they broke in my mega-mid and shiny pearls danced in the folds of my sleeping bag. Terrified, I spent hours picking out each pearl by headlamp and threading them back on the line. I tied a bowline on the clasp and haven’t had any problems since.
Pearls and Peaks: Julie Weis and a friend in the North Cascades
Julie Weis is a skier and climber who has instructed for the Outward Bound School in Mazama, Wasington since 2008. In her years as an instructor, Julie has found the way to keep it classy in the backcountry. This story is about a small necklace that reminds her of her femininity and grace, even when she hasn’t showered in two weeks. Julie currently lives in Seattle and spends her time exploring the Cascades.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
This woman has been biking solo for 18 months and finds being a woman is very helpful. Here’s part of her response when asked, “Is it safe to be packing estrogen?”
“It’s the estrogen you see; a masterful diva of devotion, distraction and 24 hour road side assistance on a bicycle tour of foreign lands. The estrogen extravaganza, a festival of aid in which the men of the world bolt forward unsolicited with thoughtful assistance and not usually needed helpful action…Being a woman is the most useful of the safety plans and survival tools that I pack daily in my panniers/bicycle bag as I cycle around the world. A tool that so quickly melts all language barriers that at times I wonder why there is such an exaggerated stereotype of women travelling solo as unsafe especially if they are travelling independently by bicycle.”
Read here whole story at the link.
Monday, November 29, 2010
“It’s not like the old days.”
I used to hear that a lot from one of my old bosses, back when I was practicing law. Richard was a master of the side-step, so it was a suitably vague phrase, but his intent was usually pretty clear. “Move along,” he meant. “Get with the program. No use bitchin’ about the way things used to be.” An admonition with a dollop of lament on the side.
But in a different context, “it’s not like the old days” is an affirmation and a challenge.
Back in MY old days–at least where I grew up–middle-aged women didn’t climb icefalls, run marathons, shoot rapids, ski glaciers, bomb down rocky cliffs on tricked-out mountain bikes or rocket around banked tracks on bicycles with fixed gears and NO BRAKES. They didn’t bloody their hands working crack-intensive toprope problems or shred the glades at Breckenridge. They sure as hell didn’t surf. Or base jump.
Not that the middle-aged ladies of the last century didn’t have fun. My grandmother loved a good canasta game. My mom played bridge and, on rare occasions, a round of golf. The Altar Society meetings were good for a laugh and a bit of gossip. And who could forget that Friday night sexy/cool Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Ahhh, it was a quieter time.
Not now. A generation of women are unselfconsciously kicking ass as (peri)menopausal adventurers and athletes. All the more amazing when you realize that a lot of us (especially the pre-Title IX crowd) didn’t discover “sports” until later in life.
If you’re one of those women, tell me what you’re doing. Send me a link, a photo, a video. I want to share your awesomeness.
If you’re in the demographic–or even just tiptoeing up to it–and you haven’t even TRIED anything terrifying yet, ask yourself: Why not? Maybe you don’t have the money, maybe you don’t have the time, maybe you’re raising your grandchildren instead of enjoying reproductive retirement. These are legit roadblocks, but they can be nudged in the name of adventure, IF you want it badly enough.
I count myself one of the lucky ones because I found the fun before it was too late. So what if I’m 55 and my knees are falling apart and every sixth hair is coming in gray and I wake up five times a night hot/wet/freezing and I can’t read a map or a menu in low light or remember much of anything? That just means I’m old enough to appreciate what I can still do. Every run, every ride, every pitch is another little miracle.
Not like the old days, indeed
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
As people who are passionate about women, I thought you might be interested in this. Please feel free to share this invitation with your circle of friends!
I want to invite you to something that I am working on with a couple of friends – TEDxStillwater. If you are familiar with the TED organization, you know how incredible TED talks are. If you haven’t heard of TED, check out their web site http://www.ted.com to see how they live out their mission “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” TED grants licenses to local sites around the world to host events as a part of its TEDx program. Some friends and I had the dream of hosting a TEDx event here in Stillwater. Recently, we were approved to host a live viewing party for the upcoming TEDWomen conference. I am really, really excited about this!
Here is the invitation:
You are invited to join former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, a Masai father and daughter, and many other incredible leaders from around the world as we explore how women and girls are reshaping the future.
Right here in Stillwater, we will be hosting a LIVE video streaming of the first ever TEDWomen Conference in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the conference itself, please see the TED.com web site at http://conferences.ted.com/TEDWomen/
Tuesday, Dec. 7 1-9 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 8 7 am – 3 pm
Thursday, Dec. 9 6-9 pm
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN
Cost: $75, includes all meals during the conference (catered by Kowalski’s)
I know you are busy and may not be able to clear your schedule for the entire event. Please invite your friends and come join us for as much of the conference as you can. It will definitely be worth your time!
To REGISTER online, go to:
Sunday, November 14, 2010
$55 includes lift ticket , snowboard, boot and helmet rental and a free group lesson
We will meet at church and carpool to Trollhaugen Ski and Snowboard area and we will snowboard, just try it! It will be fun. I know I am going to wear the wrist guards. If you are an experienced snowboarder, you are welcome to join us and get the group rate and encourage the rest of us beginners! Michelle Houle will inspire us to shred! Click here to go to the Trollhaugen website, then click here to register!!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thanks and credit to the author, this is really great.
On Friday my husband and I broke out our rock climbing equipment and took my sister-in-law rock climbing up the canyon by our house. It had been several years since I'd been rock climbing (I've been pregnant for the last few summers) and it felt so good to be back on the rocks. I love it. I am always amazed at how much "brain work" rock climbing requires. It really forces you to learn your body, unify your mind with your body and make hard choices quickly. Even though it looks physically hard it is really more of a mental game than it is a physical one. Rock climbing has taught me some important eternal lessons over the years and Friday was no exception.
We were climbing a fairly difficult rock but it didn't really look all that hard until you were the one actually climbing it. When I was the one belaying it seemed so obvious to me what route the climber should take, where they should put their hands and feet, and how they should get out of hard situations. I found myself yelling advice to the climber and wondering why they were having such a hard time. Yet as soon as I clipped in and approached the wall it was like I was facing a completely different rock than I'd been watching the others climb. It was a lot steeper, smoother, and higher than it had appeared from below.
I learned an important lesson when I watched my husband climb a portion of the rock that I had really, really struggled with. He did it very quickly and with little trouble. He found hand holds that I hadn't even seen. I wondered why he seemed to be able to do it so much better than I had. I felt a little embarrassed that I had struggled so much.
The next time I climbed I followed the same route that he had taken and when I got to the hard part I asked him where the hand hold was that he had used. He pointed it out and I saw that it was at least four feet above my head. I don't have the long arms and legs that my husband does (I am quite a bit shorter than him) and I knew that even if I was to stretch my body to its limit there was no way I would EVER be able to reach the same spot he had so easily reached. I would have to find a different way to get up the route.
When I got down from the climb I realized that even though I was climbing the same rock, using the same rope, and taking the same route as the others-- my climbs were totally different than theirs. My body was different, my flexibility was different, my experience was different, the connection between my mind and body was different, my fears were different and my weakness were different. I saw that there was NO possible way that I could judge another's performance based on my own experience-- even though it seemed like it should be very similar. I realized that any "coaching" or advice I could give from the bottom would be really subjective and that I shouldn't judge the choices they made or the route they went because I wasn't the one climbing. They would make different choices than I did and would have a different experience than I did because--- they were different than me.
I think I probably should have learned this lesson much earlier in my adult life, it would have saved me a lot of grief, but it has now been impressed upon my soul in a powerful way. I see now how impossible it is for me to make judgments about why people make the choices they do or why they are the way they are. I don't have enough information. My own experience, even though it seems similar, is not enough to base the judgment off of because I am a different person-- a different soul-- with different talents, abilities, and experiences. I think I now understand much better what President Thomas S. Monson said in his recent comments to the Relief Society,
“None of us is perfect. I know of no one who would profess to be so. And yet for some reason, despite our own imperfections, we have a tendency to point out those of others. We make judgments concerning their actions or inactions. There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus the commandment: “Judge not.”… Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”… I consider charity—or “the pure love of Christ”—to be the opposite of criticism and judging… charity that manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient toward their actions, the kind of charity that forgives, the kind of charity that is patient… It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.”
Judging is something I struggle with (don't most of us?) and I hope that I will be able to apply the lesson God taught me this weekend to my daily life. I've learned that I can do everything I can to help make sure other climbers are warned, safe, supported, loved and encouraged--if they ask for help I can give it-- but I can't judge their choices. I have my own climb to worry about.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Event Location: Bloomington REI
Event Fee: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
Presenter: Julie Hudetz from W.L. Gore
Description: In this free one-hour workshop, presented by professional outdoor athlete Julie Hudetz and brought to you by W.L. Gore the makers of GORE-TEX and WINDSTOPPER fabrics, you'll experience the latest in comfort science through hands-on demonstrations and learn how to dress to stay dry and comfortable for all your winter pursuits. Try on the latest women's outdoor gear and find out how top brands are incorporating activity-specific design and technology created for women to enhance performance. Plus, learn advanced layering tips and tricks to stay comfortable outside no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Whether you are looking to bike, hike, or enjoy your favorite winter sports, grab a friend and join us for this fun and informative workshop so you can stay fit and enjoy outdoor adventures all season long. Don't miss the workshop raffle for a chance to win great gear from our premier partner brands.
Click here to go to the registration page
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, October 7th @ 6:30 pm
Room 201 Santuary Building
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi
Eric is the founder and president of Peak Learning Companies Inc. He is a dynamic inspirational speaker who is a certified life coach and corporate team building facilitator. He also guides mountain climbing, rock and ice climbing and kayaking trips.
Eric believes that if you inspire the heart, the hands and feet will follow.
In this workshop participants will learn 5 values to find success in life and walk away inspired.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
P.S. The free downloads are kinda hidden look on the left for "Free Yoga Training"
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Personally I would jump from a perfectly good airplane, but these women did, they jumped clean off the Edge. Aging but Dangerous!!
The sky above Baldwin, Wis., was filled with women Saturday.
As the centerpiece of a fundraiser, 106 women between the ages of 50 and 80 took parachute jumps to demonstrate, in the organizers' words, that "women can do anything they put their minds to."
The mass jump was organized by Aging But Dangerous, a Minneapolis-based advocacy group for women.
Proceeds from Saturday's event will be donated to Cornerstone, a Bloomington-based group that helps abused women. The amount raised wasn't certain Saturday afternoon, spokesman Marty Keller said.
Organizers billed the jump as a world record after contacting Guinness World Records and determining that a mass skydive by women hadn't been designated as a record category, he said
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
When: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Registration begins April 1, 2010
The NightOwl Classic is a non-competitive bike ride along the Mississippi River at dusk. The ride will start and finish at historic St. Anthony Main and tour some of the Twin Cities’ most well known landmarks along the river, all with the back drop of the twinkling skyline.
Three ride flights are offered with two start times:
A 3.5 mile "Mini-Hoot" at 7:00 pm
An 8.5-mile "Family Flight" at 7:30pm - – we encourage children, families and less experienced riders to take the 8.5 mile ride.
A 16.5-mile “Hoot Loop” at 7:30pm - – a longer rider for more experienced and city curious riders.
The parkways will be closed for riders, with the entire course re-opening to traffic at 10:00pm.
Adding frivolity to this mid-summer night ride:
• Pre-ride Festivities
• Trick Your Ride – spiff up your bike with streamers and crepe paper or build a whole new bike.There will be a prize for the best tricked out bike!
• Bike Safety Check – don’t let your bike ruin your ride. Tire and brake checks and helmet checks courtesy of area bike shops.
• Costume Contest – Where a costume and win a prize!
• Featured Pit Stops
• Post-ride specials at area restaurants
Saturday, August 7, 2010
6.5 oz. bag Old Dutch Popcorn- air popped
2 c. chopped water chestnuts
1/2 c. chopped green onion
2 c. celery chopped
1 lb. bacon
2 c. shredded cheddar
2 c. mayo
2/3 c. sugar
3 TBSP white vinegar
Enjoy on the shores of Lake Superior with a bunch of spectacular women!
Monday, August 2, 2010
No margarine. (Or bananas. Or tomatoes.)
Two tablespoons of milk in the bottom of its massive jug.
Dirty spaghetti bolognaise pots in the sink.
Empty toilet paper roll in the master bathroom.
My husband, caked in mud and sweat stood next to the mower, smiling. “Honey! I fixed the sprinkler system!” I braced myself, imagining Argonne and a backyard riddled with holes when the kids rushed over.
Maddie was first. “Mommy! Mommy! You got a medal? Dad! Come see! Mom’s got a medal!” Harry was next, gasping his shocked three-year-old gasp before looking up with awe. “You have a tattoo?”
I was home. Given the catalog of minor hiccups mentioned above, I’d say the weekend was a huge success. So what if the kids ate ice cream twice in one day? (Once for breakfast – and no, I’m not kidding.) So what if the bills are sticking to the kitchen table because it desperately needs to be wiped down? So what if there’s a pile of laundry the size of a Clydesdale lopped on my dining room table? At least it’s clean.
This morning as I drank my coffee, (my hubbie was wise enough to ensure that we had coffee) I walked around the house assessing the damage and forming my plan of attack. My thoughts turned to all of you. What would you encounter this morning on your first day back? Would you endure similar ‘hiccups’ or suffer major convulsions?
Whatever you’re facing this Monday, here’s my advice. Keep that medal nearby. If your boss drops you in it, you read an ugly, demon email, or your teenager reverses the car into the mailbox, it doesn’t matter. You are a Woman On The Edge. You, my dragon sister, can DIG deeper and vault yourself over any obstructions. You, o dragon heart, can REACH around any barriers blocking your way. Should things be grim, please, take a deep breath and COUNT TO TEN. We’ll be counting right along with you.
And, heaven forbid, these words don’t resonate because you’ve found yourself in a heap of trouble. Then, my dearest, close your eyes and listen. You’ll hear our voices singing:
In the summertime
Up in Grand Marais
In the summertime
We’ll be paddlin’ all day
We’ll be paddlin’, we’ll be paddlin’ we’ll be paddlin’,
We’ll be paddlin’ all day…
Just keep paddlin’. You’ll get there. You are a Woman on the Edge and I believe in you.
In much love and admiration,
-- ‘Cat’ McNerlin
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The paddles are varnished, the t-shirts are printed, cowbells are poised and ready for ringing. The women have trained... (HA) Well, at least they are ready for a great weekend. Carpools are arranged, tents are being pitched. Half of us are thinking we need to bake cookies, half of us need to pick up a bottle of wine.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Our sailing adventure begins with a brief classroom time for fundamental sailing understanding. Then a day of fun, sun and sail. Coaches, boats, rescue boat and LUNCH are included, all for $80!
Sign up online at www.saintandrews.org
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
oh, and we have paddles. Yes. our own paddles
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
participating in the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival in Grand Marais,
Minnesota. This is a “fun race” with the entry fee from each team
going to local non-profit organizations in the area. You can find more
information at www.northshoredragonboat.com. In addition to
our monetary contribution, this year our team will be adding our own
service project. With the current economy hitting the north shore
region especially hard, we will be contributing items to the local
Here’s why we’re contacting you: We would like to have our own team
paddles to use each year. While the paddles provided by the festival
are great for those northern lumberjack types, most are too long for
us women! So, for $40, you can “sponsor” a paddle for the team.
Your name (or business’ name) will be etched into the paddle’s handle,
for example: “generously and enthusiastically sponsored by…”. There
is no limit to how many you can sponsor. Our goal is to be able to
have 22 paddles for the team.
Please consider this one time donation that will be used for years to
come. Mark your calendars. This year’s festival is July 30 – Aug. 1.
Our first meeting is May 11 at 7pm in the Fireside lounge (Great Hall
You can sign up online to be on this year's team at www.saintandrews.org,
and you want to sponsor a paddle, send a check for $40 to
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church-Women on the Edge
900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi MN 55115
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Event Location: REI Bloomington
Event Fee: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (CDT)
Description: Join us for this fun paddling event! REI will host paddling classes, local paddling groups, and paddling vendors. Participants will receive a 15% off coupon for a regular price boat too! Event Highlights: 15% off coupon for a regular price boat for all attendees, REI expert staff on hand to help find the right boat for you, and local paddling groups tabling from 11am - 3pm. Paddling Classes: Kayaking Basics - 11am, Finding the best boat for you - 11:45am, How to pick a paddle and life jacket - 12:30pm, Kayak & canoe camping & portaging a boat - 1:15pm, Local paddling destinations - 2pm, Getting your boat from the garage to the water - 3pm, Planning a Wilderness River Trip 3:30pm. It's time to get excited about the season for paddling!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
In all things God works for the good of those who love Him. ROMANS 8:28
JOY because God has a plan for you.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "...plans to give you hope and a future." JEREMIAH 29:11
PEACE because God will be wherever you go.
I am with you always. MATTHEW 28:20
LOVE because God deeply cares for you.
How wide and long and deep and high is the love of Christ. EPHESIANS 3:18
STRENGTH because God gives you everything you need.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. PHILLIPIANS 4:13
CONFIDENCE because God made you who you are.
God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. GENESIS 1:31
COURAGE because God can do more than you can imagine!
With God all things are possible. MATTHEW 19:26
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Your first strategy should always be to make sure you are riding with the proper tire pressure.
Each tire has a preferred air-pressure range, which is measured in psi (pounds per square inch). Look on the tire sidewall for the recommended pressure. As a general rule:
Road tires should run between 100 to 140 psi.
Mountain bike tires should run between 30 to 50 psi.
Urban and casual bike tire should run between 60 and 80 psi.
Under-inflation can lead to problems with "pinch flats." This can occur when you hit a bump and your under-inflated tire compresses all the way to the rim, causing 2 small holes that resemble a snake bite. Over-inflation, on the other hand, doesn't cause flats although it's possible to blow out the tube in extreme cases.
Use a tire pump or gauge to check your pressure. Higher-end tire pumps will include a psi gauge, but if you have a lower-end pump, you'll need to carry your own tire pressure gauge. Be sure to know whether you have a Presta or Schrader valve stem (the slimmer Presta valve needs to have the top nut unscrewed before checking pressure).
Basic Tire Care
It's a good idea to periodically inspect your bike tires for embedded glass, rock shards or other sharp objects, especially after riding a route that has substantial debris. These small embedded items may not cause an immediate flat but can slowly work their way through a tire to eventually cause a puncture. Use your fingernail or a small tool to remove this debris before it causes a problem.
Periodically check your tire sidewalls and tread for excessive wear, damage, dryness or cracking. Tires with any of these symptoms increase your risk for a flat tire. If unsure about their condition, ask a bike pro at your local REI or other reputable bike shop to evaluate your tires.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The event: Friday July 30- Sunday Aug. 1
The 1st pre-event meeting: May 11, 7:00 pm in the Fireside Lounge
We'll give an overview of the weekend's events, the boat, paddling, the parade (yes, we get to be in a parade--warm up your batons, you old baton twirlers out there!), everything you want to know!
For more information: Contact Lisa email firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-762-9139
To register online: click here to register
DON'T MISS THE BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
your dragonboat leaders,
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Event Location: Roseville REI
Event Fee: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
Group Size: 40
Description: Do you want to try backpacking but worry about carrying a heavy pack? Or are you a backpacker who wants to lighten your load? An REI backpacking expert will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. We'll cover shelters, backpacks, food choices, and fuel efficiency to help you go light and fast on your next trip.
27 spots available
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
We walk through the winter stillness
Amazed by sight and sound
Awed by the snowflakes whisper
Gathering on the ground
We stand on a glorious sunrise
Awash in the promise of day
Daring not to move a muscle
fearing twill slip away
We glide crackling through the forest
In wonder our thoughts are lost
Guarded by ancient soldiers
Covered by moody hoar frost.
We crunch through laers of frosting
Too heavy to stay aloft
Remembering days of our childhood
When walking came to us soft
We bask in wae of the sunset Ablaze with purples and blues
Reflecting on all the days offered
Bathed in Crystalline hues.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Passing the Paddle
The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival is pleased to announce the selection of Sherri Moe as the new Dragon Boat Director. Moe is taking over for Debbie Neitzke, who stepped down after this year's festival to free up more time for her family.
We are very pleased to welcome Sherri on board, the Dragon Boat Selection Committee said as they announced Moe's selection. This festival is important to the North Shore community, and we are confident that Sherri will be able to direct a vibrant festival. We think she will be a good fit.
Moe brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit administration, special events, and fundraising to the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival, most recently as School Director for Oshki Ogimaag Charter School in Grand Portage. Prior to that, Moe worked in private, corporate and educational settings. She holds an M.S. in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Bemidji State University.
Moe says her 'people-centered' perspective will help to grow and build enthusiasm for the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival, which is entering its 7th year. She is already beginning to plan the event, which will take place July 29 - August 1, 2010.
The North Shore Dragon Boat Festival welcomes outdoor enthusiasts and dragon boat paddlers to Grand Marais for a paddling adventure and weekend community celebration. The proceeds from the festival go to supporting the work of three area non-profit organizations: North House Folk School, The North Shore Health Care Foundation and WTIP North Shore Community Radio.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Run by my side, Live in my heart beat, Give strength to my steps
as cold confronts me, as the wind pushes me, I know you surround me
as the sun warms me, as the rain cleanses me, I know you are touching me, challenging me, loving me.
And so I give you this run, Thank you for matching my stride.
We will meet in the Atrium of the Sanctuary each Wednesday through Lent at 5:15. Join us!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
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